Fiduciaries Not Just In Name, But In Practice

"Maximizing your company retirement plan today requires qualified plan advisors to oversee and monitor retirement plans – with the credentials and experience to back it up."

Richard Applegate, CFP®, AIFA®, CPFA, CHFC®, CLU®

Managing Director, DBR Fiduciary Plan Solutions

Why you should consider a firm that specializes in Retirement Plan Solutions

Plan Trustees and Retirement Committees that use a Retirement Plan Advisory Firm specialized in fiduciary and investment consulting can experience a better understanding of their own fiduciary responsibilities, improved plan performance and greater support and financial education for their employees.

As a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), we will commit in writing:​

  • To serve as a co-fiduciary for your plan either as a 3(21) or 3(38) advisor

  • To provide independent advice free of the conflicts of interest you might find in other advisers 

  • To offer expertise and ideas based on industry best practices

  • To service your business with fully disclosed advisor fees that can be easily supported as reasonable.

DBR Fiduciary Plan Solutions

Our Pillars of Service

Fiduciary Assessment

  • A standalone engagement intended to identify the level of a plan’s adherence to DOL, ERISA and industry best practice standards

  • An assessment consists of three phases: evaluation, recommendations and implementation

  • Varying levels of detail and complexity are covered in a written report

Administration & Reporting

  • Review trustee processes and/or committee structure for administrative policies and procedures

  • Assist with the development and maintenance of a fiduciary audit file and documents retention policy

  • Deliver fiduciary training and/or education 

  • Review plan sponsor objectives for the plan and options available to reach their goals

Service Providers

  • Assist with identifying plan services and products for fiduciaries to consider

  • Assist with a process to select, monitor and replace service providers

  • Conduct RFP due diligence

  • Benchmark the reasonableness of outside service provider fees


  • Assist with development of an Investment Policy Statement (IPS)

  • Recommend investment options based on
    the IPS

  • Monitor performance and expenses of investment options

  • Deliver either quarterly or semi-annual investment monitoring reports

  • Recommend and monitor Qualified Default Investment Alternative (QDIA)

Differentiating Characteristics of an Independent, Conflict-Free, Fiduciary Advisor Practice

DBR Fiduciary Plan Solutions Value Proposition:


  • Assist trustees and Retirement Committees to develop fiduciary processes that are definable, measurable and repeatable

  • Avoid conflicts of interest by placing the clients’ interests first always, a practice of DBR Fiduciary Plan Solutions long before it became a requirement for other firms to follow

  • Our team’s extensive expertise allows for a working knowledge of best practices for plan delivery and operation as offered by all outside service providers

  • We contract as a co-fiduciary, accepting liability in writing for the advice we provide

  • We recommend a wide range of carefully vetted investment options to retirement plan clients supported by a plan’s IPS

  • We have the ability to provide plans with custom risk-based models, comprised of the plan’s underlying investment options

Our Team
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Learn more about DBR Fiduciary Plan Solutions

For more information or to set up a free consultation on your company's qualified retirement plan, contact:


Richard R. Applegate, CFP®, AIFA®, CPFA, ChFC®, CLU®

Senior Financial Advisor


Paul Abendroth, AIF®

Senior Financial Advisor


Where to find us:



436 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2800

Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1818


Phone: 412.227.2800

Toll Free: 888.227.0913

Fax: 412.227.2805



811 Madison Ave, 7th Floor

Toledo, OH 43604


Phone: 419.574.9399

Toll Free: 888.227.0913

Fax: 419.574.9356

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