April 2012

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.

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 www.plansponsor.com. If you have a product announcement that you believe would be of interest to our ­readers, drop us a line at news@plansponsor.com.

The Task at Hand

Designing a plan to improve employees’ chance at a secure retirement

Study Partners

Finding the right way to educate participants

Passive Interest

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

Quiet Time

No news is good news for NQDC and executive benefits

Containing Risk

Factors to consider before undertaking a DB plan pension risk transfer

Lasting Forever?

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

The Way Forward

The postfinancial-crisis state of securities lending

Between Sides

The move toward LDI fuels the transition management industry

Tidbits – April 2012

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

The Sweet Spot

Managed accounts address older participants’ concerns

Hitting the Target

Sponsors evaluate ways to increase target-date fund efficacy