Fiduciary Duties: It Ain't Easy

With regard to my post yesterday about fiduciaries having the power, authority and motivation to act to protect plan participants, of course, that’s a lot easier for a fiduciary to do if its vendors are giving it advance notice of losses before the rest of the market finds out, and a lot harder to do if a fiduciary is one of the vast majority who aren’t given that advantage. See this story right here. A little less flippantly, this story - of alleged advantageous information given to some customers in advance of disclosure to the market as a whole - goes right to why its easy to say (as class action complaints always do) that fiduciaries owe a high duty of care to protect plan assets and beneficiaries, but it isn’t all that easy for fiduciaries to actually do.