Archive for October 2016

ERISA §1104(a)(1)(C) re Diversification

Diversification

US Code §1104(a)(1)(C) states, “A fiduciary shall discharge his duties with respect to a plan solely in the interest of the participants and beneficiaries… by diversifying the investments of the plan so as to minimize the risk of large losses…” The court in Marshall v. Glass/Metal (D. Haw. 1980) noted, “Ordinarily the fiduciary should not…

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ERISA §404(a)(1)(B) re Duty to Balance Risk and Return

trustee duty to balance risk and return

Trustees are required to make hard investment decisions. They are to take into consideration the risk of loss and the opportunity for gain associated with each particular investment or investment course of action. ERISA trustees are required to balance the risk and return of each investment decision under conditions of uncertainty. Because ERISA trustees do…

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UPIA §2(b) re Duty to Balance Risk and Return

Duty to Balance Risk and Return

The preamble to the Uniform Prudent Investor Act notes, “The tradeoff in all investing between risk and return is identified as the fiduciary’s central consideration.” For most trustees determining the return that was produced by the assets held in trust is a fairly straightforward exercise. But measuring risk can be more problematic. What’s the Risk?…

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