From the Inside Flap
The Four Pillars of Retirement Plans provides a road map that all fiduciaries can use to adjust their actions to shelter themselves from the massive liabilities they may face-as well as serving as a guide for attorneys representing retirement plan participants.
Drawing on his nearly twenty-five years of ERISA experience as a fiduciary, author, and Registered Investment Advisor, David Loeper details his four pillars of retirement plans-the specific four pillars of ERISA concepts that need procedural adjustment by trustees and advisors. In Part I of the book, he examines each of the four pillars from a perspective of the changing landscape toward participant-directed retirement plans, the generally accepted procedures of the past that have become outdated, the actions all fiduciaries need to take to adjust to this landscape, and perhaps, more importantly, the rationale behind such changes. In Part II, he explains to plan sponsors, investment managers, plan consultants, and fiduciaries why the Supreme Court's ruling will change the environment for measuring their responsibilities and liabilities in years to come. In Part III, he offers some practical solutions to these new problems, identifying how some of the "safest" fiduciary actions are no longer so safe, what you can do about getting ahead of the curve to avoid needless liability, and where to locate free resources that fiduciaries can use to help mitigate their risks and help to document procedural prudence in the future landscape for participant-directed plans.
For financial advisors, attorneys, and other fiduciaries, The Four Pillars of Retirement Plans will be an invaluable resource for dealing with the monumental changes ahead.