Rotisserie Chicken and 401(k) Plans

Rotisserie Chicken and 401(k) Plans

With four kids in my house under the age of 9 it can be hard to get any sleep.  To pass the time, I have become a connoisseur of late night infomercials.  

One of my all-time favorites is Ron Popeil's "Pro" model rotisserie chicken oven - you know, the one where if you simply "follow all the instructional material you just set it and forget it."  Wouldn't life be easier if managing a 401(k) plan was as easy as cooking rotisserie chicken?  Sadly, the "set it and forget it" approach does not correlate well with being a prudent and responsible fiduciary.  

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The Fixing the 401(k) Blog Is Back!

The Fixing the 401(k) Blog Is Back!

Have you ever stopped doing something you really enjoyed because other things became a higher priority?  And then you wake up one day and say to yourself "You know, I really should start (insert thing) again now that I have more time."

Well, a few months back I realized how much I missed blogging about 401(k) issues, especially with so many changes that have taken place over the past several years...

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Mourning the Passing of My Dad, Phil Itzoe

I wanted to acknowledge the passing of my dad, Phil Itzoe, last Wednesday, February 10.  My dad was a truly amazing guy and one of the finest men I ever knew.  He spent a total of 45 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, coordinating the team's travel plans for the last 41.  His last season was 2008 and at the time he had (and I believe still has) the longest tenure of any traveling secretary in the four major sports leagues.  

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Josh Itzoe Featured on the Cover of Maryland Investor Magazine

I was pleased to be featured on the cover of the November/December issue of Maryland Investor Magazine. The magazine is a relatively new publication created by Bill Slaughter and Stephanie Pietry and is dedicated to informing HNW Marylanders about investment, legal and tax issues while providing a lifestyle element as well.

The article is written in Q&A fashion and takes an in-depth look at understanding the Fixing the 401(k) approach.  Here's the article and be sure to check out the Maryland Investor Magazine website.

Josh Itzoe and BrightScope Quoted in November issue of SmartMoney Magazine

I was pleased to be quoted along with Mike Alfred from Brightscope in November's issue of SmartMoney Magazine.   Janet Paskin interviewed Mike and I for her article entitled "Meet the People Who Run Your 401(k)". Interestingly, there were some plan fiduciaries who were actually quoted in the article as well (although I'm not so sure their employees will take comfort in their comments.) 

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A (Nearly) Perfectly Implemented Investment Strategy for a 401(k) Plan

We recently transitioned a client to a new, fully "open-architecture" plan provider - smoothest conversion we have ever been through. One of the benefits this particular provider allows us is the ability to build pre-allocated, model portfolios that we as the investment advisor and ERISA 3(38) "Investment Manager" have the responsibility to manage and rebalance on an ongoing basis.  

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