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April 23, 2014

The Non-Fiduciary Position in Legal Filings with Dr. Gregory Kasten

by The 401k Study Group ®

Join us today as I discuss the recent wave of ERISA litigation with Dr. Greg Kasten CEO of Unified Trust, NA. Dr. Kasten and I will discuss the reasons for and some particiluar outcomes of recent cases and their impact on the 401k industry. Today many vendors seem to market fiduciary services, yet in litigation their legal filings reveal how they disavow fiduciary status and place blame back on the plan sponsor. It’s important that advisors understand which services are broad and which services are narrow in scope, especially when viewed from court filings. In the early 1980’s Dr. Gregory Kasten, Founder and CEO of Unified Trust, was a successful anesthesiologist. When it came time for his own financial planning he became dissatisfied with the investment advice he was getting so he began learning about investing and financial planning and, before long, he found himself helping his colleagues manage their portfolios. Dr. Kasten’s innovative ideas and analysis proved to be so successful that in 1985 he launched his own advisory business. Today Unified Trust Company, headquartered in Lexington, KY, helps investors manage over $3.6 billion in total assets.

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