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Revenue Sharing Decisions

As a result of the significant rise in revenue sharing litigation it behooves plan fiduciaries to confirm and document the prudence and appropriateness of any revenue sharing arrangement.

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Have You Met Your Match?

Just how important is a 401(k) match to your employees? It appears to be top of mind, according to Principal’s 2021 Retirement Security Survey. The study’s results show that the match matters most. Learn more.

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Is Participant Choice a “Get Out of ERISA Court Free Card”?

The question before the court in Hughes v. Northwestern University was the plausibility of a breach of fiduciary duty claim stated by current and former participants in two university retirement plans. SCOTUS ruled that the petitioners in the case, originally dismissed by a district court and upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, did in fact plausibly state their claim. Essentially, the court asserted that the provision of sufficient investment choices to participants does not automatically exculpate fiduciaries from imprudent actions.

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Making Lemonade from Lemons: How to Get Ahead with Capital Losses

We all invest money for one primary reason—to make money. No doubt, your financial plan outcome hinges on achieving some amount of return on your money you’ve accumulated. While the whole point of investing is to get a positive return on those resources over your holding period, your success does not rise nor fall on the consistency of price increases. Well-formed financial plans consider not only reasonably anticipated rates of return but also the variability of outcomes. In short, your financial plan should not experience shock from short-term fluctuations in the markets. Learn how to get ahead with capital losses.

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Bloodied But Unbowed

Our Senior Investment Strategist Dave Nolan provides a look back at 2Q2022 and the actions taken by McKinley Quarter. In the latter part of his investment report, Dave offers an outlook for the remainder of 2022.

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Educate Your Family to be Good Stewards

Did you know nearly 90% of affluent wealth is lost by third generation? Sound multi-generational planning and education is key to increasing the likelihood that your family will be part of the 10% that “get it right.” We are proud of the work we do to help our clients be good stewards of their family wealth to grow for future generations. Learn more.

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Three Skydiving Tenets That Will Help You Achieve Personal Financial Success

What core tenets for a master skydiver's success align exactly with the core principles for successful financial planning? Find out here and start your journey to mastering your wealth!

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Financial Collaboration Leads to Great Things for YOU

As a registered investment advisory firm or RIA, McKinley Carter does not provide accounting services. However, as fiduciaries, we continually monitor both state and federal tax laws and revisions. We are fortunate to have several experienced Certified Public Accountants (or CPAs) on staff, as well as benefit from the work of an internal, seven-member Specialized Practice Group that is completely dedicated to Tax and Legacy issues. Moreover, we regularly confer and collaborate with outside professional tax experts who take a deep-dive into the nuances of each tax law and any potential impact on our clients. We understand the importance of collaborating with accountants to ensure our clients know their options and get the most comprehensive tax advice and guidance.

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Fee Litigation with an Odd 'Twist'

This article highlights a case whereby the plaintiffs have asserted claims for breach of the fiduciary duties of prudence and failure to monitor fiduciaries. The lawsuit also targets members of the board of directors, as well as other officers of the firm who serve on the retirement plan’s fiduciary investment committee. Learn about the simple way of to offset such liability.

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