March 2012

2012 Plan Sponsor of the Year

  1. Cover
  2. 2012 Plan Sponsor of the Year

  1. Editorial
  2. Leading by Example

    Congratulations to the 2012 PLANSPONSOR Plan Sponsors of the Year, whom I am very pleased to introduce to you in this issue, along with their esteemed peers who have been recognized as finalists.
  1. UpFront
  2. Upfront - March 2012

    Articles that appeared in the UpFront section of the magazine.
  1. Survey Says
  2. Do You Think the Social Security Payroll Tax Cut Is a Good Idea?

    A two-month extension of the reduction of Social Security tax withholding from 6.2% of an employee’s pay to 4.2% was signed into law by President Obama on December 23 and, at press time, news reports were saying Congress was close to reaching an agreement to extend the tax cut through the end of 2012.
  1. Bells & Whistles
  2. Bells & Whistles - March 2012

    Each month, Bells & Whistles highlights recent product introductions that plan sponsors­ may find of interest. More information about these announcements can be found on If you have a product announcement that you believe would be of interest to our ­readers, drop us a line at
  1. Running the Fund
  2. Changing Plans

    Will a market emerge for an all-ETF 401(k) plan lineup?
  1. Barry's Pickings
  2. Wrong Place To Start

    A national retirement "policy"
  1. Saxon Angle
  2. DoL Offers Help

    Exemption for use of proprietary mutual funds

  1. Just out of Reish
  2. Complexity of Design

    Targeting target-date funds
  1. Second Opinions
  2. Keeping in Line

    PPACA coverage mandates penalties and eligibility waiting periods
  1. Tidbits
  2. Tidbits - March 2012

    Some quotes, survey statistics, and musings to use in employee communications, or just as a break in the grind.