Third Watch

The old saying the “third time’s the charm” is
frequently a euphemism for situations where the preceding two
times were not very successful. However, in the case of
this—our third annual “Ultimate PLANSPONSOR Buyer’s
Guide”—one hopes that it sets a new ¬standard for a concept
that has resonated successfully with readers such as

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TRO: Moving On Up

Larger plans move to total retirement outsourcing
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SDBA: Oiling the Squeaky Wheels

As more plans simplify investment offerings, brokerage windows aimed at more-active participants may see a resurgence
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HRO: Outside the Box

HRO benefits from a focus on strategic HR, and a willingness to consider new approaches
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Risk: Risk Assessments

Plan sponsors have some new ways to mitigate risk—and some new risks, as well
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Stock Plan Administration: Taking Stock

Backdating scandals, new disclosure requirements, and expensing lead employers to take a fresh look at their equity-compensation plan designs