April 2011

The Measure of the Plan

Not so long ago, plan sponsors gauged the success of their defined contribution offerings by a single metric: participation rate. It’s not that they didn’t pay attention to other criteria, but participation rate is objective, easy to calculate, and, certainly for a voluntary savings program, it’s not an ­inappropriate gauge of the program’s perceived value.

Have You Been Asked an Odd Interview Question?

In recent weeks, our online coverage has included a number of surveys about embarrassing interview moments, questions, and even wardrobe choices. In late January, I asked readers to share the oddest and/or most inappropriate interview question they had ever been asked.

Measuring Sticks

Establishing the right benchmarks is only the first step

Different Strokes

These days, education is about changing behaviors

Source “Spots”

As new financial realities set in, plan sponsors take another look at investment outsourcing

Regulation Sized

Deferred compensation practices come under scrutiny

Second Thoughts

Many sponsors evaluating the key aspects of their QDIAs

Keeping It Safe

Sponsors' securities lending priorities shift to risk management

Conservative Values

Stable value may look like the dowdy member of a 401(k) investment lineup, but it still is exhibiting quite a bit of pep

Moving, Forward

Shifts in portfolios, risk management boost transition management

Bundled, Up

Plan design shifts prompt interest in total retirement outsourcing