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Automatic enrollment is on a tear. After the federal government gave its blessing through the Pension Protection Act (PPA), a steadily mounting number of employers are signing up new employees automatically into 401(k)s to help them make sure they put enough away for retirement. But this also raises the fiduciary stakes for plan sponsors since most default options–the investments that participants are placed in when they fail to select one–have tended to offer only the lowest of yields, albeit accompanied by the smallest of risks.

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