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'After' Shocks
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November 2008

'After' Shocks

While financial pundits are prone to trace cyclical "corrections" to the bursting of "bubbles"—housing, tech—the resulting declines generally are not that sudden, nor are they, generally speaking, wholly unanticipated.

  1. Cover
  2. 'After' Shocks

    While financial pundits are prone to trace cyclical "corrections" to the bursting of "bubbles"—housing, tech—the resulting declines generally are not that sudden, nor are they, generally speaking, wholly unanticipated.
  1. Editorial
  2. "Believe" Able

    As we go to press, the market's tumult still rages around us, and it's still anything but clear when (if?) things will return to "normal."
  1. IMHO
  2. No Time Like the Present

    My September 30 statement arrived a couple of weeks ago. No, I didn't look at it.
  1. UpFront
  2. November 2008

    PLANSPONSOR.com news articles that also appear in the Upfront section of the November issue.
  1. War Stories
  2. November 2008

    We all have them: those front-line experiences that are inevitable when one deals with the variety—and sensitivity—of issues associated with human beings and critical life events.
  1. Survey Says
  2. Have the Markets Moved Your Participants?

    It has been hard to avoid watching what's going on in the markets and, as the third quarter wound to a close, I asked readers what, if anything, they were hearing from participants—and what, if anything, they were hearing from providers/advisers.
  1. Bells & Whistles
  2. November 2008

    Each month, Bells & Whistles highlights recent product introductions that plan sponsors may find of interest.
  1. Feature
  2. Storm Surge

    The end of summer brought trauma to the financial markets. In September and October, the Dow plunged hundreds of points more than once, and bankruptcy plagued—and/or threatened to take down—some of the best-known financial firms in the country.
  1. (k)Plans
  2. Redefining Defined Contribution

    The defined contribution (DC) market­place is about to see a major shift toward a retirement-income focus, according to a new report by consulting firm McKinsey & Co.
  1. Head of the Class
  2. Distress Test

    Managers are certain that the U.S. economy has some rough times ahead, but they also are enthusiastic about the prospects for high-yield.
  1. Running the Fund
  2. Alternative Realities

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Boston office reportedly is looking into how pension plans value alternative investments, and the investigation ultimately could lead to a new DoL requirement that fiduciaries have independent valuations of these investments done.
  1. Case Sensitive
  2. Time Travails

    Jean McCarter, et al., v. Retirement Plan for District Managers of the American Family Insurance Group, et al.
  1. Rules/Regs
  2. Pay "Pal"?

    DoL tool makes it easier—to pay fines
  1. Barry's Pickings
  2. 'Group' Thinking

    Here's a dilemma Democrats face: Democrats like to side with the little guy.
  1. Voice
  2. Automatic Enrollment Is a Good Thing—or Is It?

    Getting individuals to save more sounds great. How about 401(k) participants having larger account balances when they retire? Few would argue against it because, as a matter of public policy, it plays well and, to quote Martha Stewart, "It's a good thing."
  1. Saxon Angle
  2. Path Findings

    On August 22, 2008, the Department of Labor (DoL) issued a proposed regulation (the Regulation) implementing a statutory exemption and a new proposed prohibited transaction exemption (PTE) that allow for the implementation of the nondiscretionary participant investment advice programs.
  1. Just out of Reish
  2. Sustain Abilities

    The unexplored frontier for 401(k) plans is whether partic­ipant account balances are going to be large enough to pay adequate levels of retirement income. It is, in the final analysis, the critical question.
  1. Special Report
  2. 2008 PLANSPONSOR DC Survey: A Little Bit Better

    If I were to sum up the results of our 13th annual Defined Contribution Survey in a sentence, it would be "not as much as you might think."