August 2001

No Casual “Conversation”

Washington is a tough town-a place where political gaffes are not soon forgotten nor forgiven, and information given in confidence might just as well be broadcast on the 11 o'clock news.

Come Together

Retirement benefits are more than exercises in communication: They demand a specific type of perspective and expertise

Erie Go Again

New Erie decision has plan sponsors worried-but they may be winning points with the EEOC

Kohl’s Child-Care Win

Employers now can get a federal tax credit for building and operating child-care facilities

Coping With The Slowdown

Rather than laying off workers, some employers are imposing time off and unpaid vacations

Game Plan: M Mania

How Cisco turned 37 401(k) plans into one in just three years

Mixed Bag

Pension reform has a downside, too. What to watch out for

Let’s Review

A new law calls for periodic reviews of the Texas Teachers. Enter IFS

Black Box: Tactical Asset Allocation

Plan sponsors face the difficult task of selecting a strategic benchmark that best reflects the balance between the plan's current assets and future liabilities. The challenge is to outperform this benchmark without compromising the overall risk profile. Tactical asset allocation (TAA), especially when executed globally, offers the opportunity to do so within tightly controlled risk parameters.

Governance vs. Greed

CII co-chair addresses the arrogance of CEOs and the importance of independent directors

Options Insight

Can the Web can help you and your participants navigate the ins and outs of employee stock ownership plans?