Gunfight at the 401K Corral

6 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2008


The original Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was a gunfight of legendary proportion and has been portrayed in numerous Western films. Its importance is that it has come to symbolize the struggle between (1) the rule of law and (2) open banditry in the Old West, where effective law enforcement was too often lacking.

Has the time come for another historic showdown between the rule of law and what some are boldly characterizing as open banditry in the 401(k) marketplace?

Keywords: 401(k), ERISA, excessive fees, retirement

JEL Classification: C53, D31, D63, E21, G18, G23, G28, J26, K00

Suggested Citation

Hamilton, Brooks, Gunfight at the 401K Corral. Available at SSRN: or

Brooks Hamilton (Contact Author)

Brooks Hamilton & Partners ( email )

5353 Keller Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75248-2763
United States
972-839-5260 (Phone)


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