April 2012

  1. Editorial
  2. The Next Stage

    As my family prepares for baby No. 2’s arrival in just two months, my husband and I have been challenged to help our daughter prepare for the idea of her soon-to-be new reality, a reality that is quite difficult to comprehend at the tender age of 20 months, with no precedent for what lies ahead.
  1. Bells & Whistles
  2. Bells & Whistles - April 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. Feature
  2. The Task at Hand

    Designing a plan to improve employees’ chance at a secure retirement
  1. Pinpointing Providers

    2012 Defined Benefit Administration Survey

  1. Alternatives
  2. An Expanding Universe

    The waters are tested and sponsors are now diving into alternatives

  1. 403(b)
  2. New Season for 403(b)s

    In accordance with regulations, sponsors focus on improving plans

  1. Education/Advice
  2. Study Partners

    Finding the right way to educate participants

  1. ETFs
  2. Passive Interest

    ETFs slow to gain 401(k) assets, despite more plans’ moves to indexing

  1. Nonqualified/Executive Benefits
  2. Quiet Time

    No news is good news for NQDC and executive benefits

  1. Pension Risk Transfer
  2. Containing Risk

    Factors to consider before undertaking a DB plan pension risk transfer

  1. Retirement Income
  2. Lasting Forever?

    Treasury regs encourage plans’ use of annuities, but obstacles remain

  1. Securities Lending
  2. The Way Forward

    The postfinancial-crisis state of securities lending

  1. Stable Value
  2. Higher Fees, Lower Returns

    Stable value searches increasing, but some providers exit business

  1. Transition Management
  2. Between Sides

    The move toward LDI fuels the transition management industry

  1. Tidbits
  2. Tidbits - April 2012

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

  1. Managed Accounts
  2. The Sweet Spot

    Managed accounts address older participants’ concerns

  1. Target-Date Funds
  2. Hitting the Target

    Sponsors evaluate ways to increase target-date fund efficacy