man peering behind curtain with financial symbols Once we begin believing performance laggardsare “inappropriate investment choices,” we step onto the slipperyslope of never-ending investment cycles. (Photo:Shutterstock)

The great thing about being a reporter on a regular beat meansbuilding strong relationships with insiders and thought leaders.Not only is it intellectually stimulating, but readers enjoydiscovering what's behind the curtain.

I had a chance to peek behind that curtain last week (see“Exclusive Interview: Blaine Aikin says DOLFiduciary Rule's 'Lasting Impact Lives On',”,April 30, 2019). When I asked Aikin about the greatest litigationrisk facing 401(k) plan sponsors and fiduciaries right now, hementioned some of the research he was doing. (He'll be issuing awhite paper on it soon. I look forward to reading it.)

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Christopher Carosa

Chris Carosa has been writing a weekly article and monthly column for BenefitsPRO online and BenefitsPRO Magazine since 2011 and is a nationally recognized award-winning writer, researcher and speaker. He’s written seven books, including From Cradle to Retire: The Child IRA; Hey! What’s My Number? – How to Increase the Odds You Will Retire in Comfort; A Pizza The Action: Everything I Ever Learned About Business I Learned By Working in a Pizza Stand at the Erie County Fair; and the widely acclaimed 401(k) Fiduciary Solutions. Carosa is also Chief Contributing Editor of the authoritative trade journal and publisher of the Mendon-Honeoye Falls-Lima Sentinel, a weekly community newspaper he founded in 1989. Currently serving as President of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and with more than 1,000 articles published in various publications, he appears regularly in the national media. A “parallel” entrepreneur, he actively runs a handful of businesses, including a small boutique investment adviser, providing hands-on experience for his writing. A trained astrophysicist, he also holds an MBA and has been designated a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor. Share your thoughts and story ideas with him through Facebook ( Twitter (