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Complying with ERISA 404(c)

According to ERISA, plans intending to comply with 404(c) must ensure that participants: Have the opportunity to choose from a broad range of investment alternatives (which are adequately diversified); may direct the investment of their accounts with a frequency which is appropriate; and can obtain sufficient information to make informed investment decisions. The plan sponsor must provide annual written notification to participants with its intent to comply with 404(c), and be able to provide the following:

  • Information about investment instructions (including contact information of the fiduciary responsible for carrying out participant investment instructions);
  • Notification of voting and tender rights;
  • Information about each investment alternative; and
  • A description of transaction fees and investment expenses.

Compliance with section 404(c) of ERISA protects plan fiduciaries from liability for losses that result from the investment decisions made by participants. Conversely, failure to comply with 404(c) could result in liability for losses due to poor investment decisions made by plan participants. To comply with some of the important requirements of 404(c), you should execute a formal 404(c) policy statement and employee notice and send the notice at least annually to all employees.

For more information on complying with ERISA, contact your plan advisor.


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Advisory Services offered through Alera Investment Advisors, LLC. Securities offered through Triad Advisors, LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. GCG Financial, LLC, Alera Group, Inc. and Alera Investment Advisors, LLC are not affiliated with Triad Advisors, LLC. Information provided by GCG Financial, LLC should not be considered tax or legal advice. Should you require tax or legal information, please consult your tax advisor or attorney.

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