August 2006

The Best Managers You Never Heard Of

America loves the chance to root for the underdog, the scrappy new arrival with humble roots and only a slim chance of beating the forces of evil, or breaking into the championship ranks: Think of the thoroughbreds Smarty Jones and Sea Biscuit; the 1986 New York Mets, the 2006 Miami Heat, and the perennial Chicago Cubs; or the original underdog, David against Goliath. We want them to win because they try hard, overcome the odds, and stand for the right ideas.

Life Lines

Tomorrow's version of retirement seems likely to be quite different from that image in the travel agency brochures—or that enrollment plan kit.

Upfront Articles

From June 28 to 30, nearly 350 plan sponsors, providers, and financial advisors came together at Chicago's Hyatt Regency for a unique gathering focused on some of the most significant retirement plan issues of our time-PLANSPONSOR's first industry conference, Plan Designs 2006

August 2006

We all have them: those front-line experiences that are inevitable when one deals with the variety—and sensitivity—of issues associated with human beings and critical life events

How Secure Is Your Data?

I'm not sure whether it is a casualty of teleworking, having to take too much work home, or just a string of really bad luck, but it's hard to ignore the recent rash of laptop and/or data thefts that seem to be putting sensitive participant data at risk. In June, we asked NewsDash readers about the state of their data security protocols.

Bells & Whistles

Each month, Bells & Whistles highlights recent product introductions¬ that plan sponsors may find of interest.

Play Ball

Fun and games help build teamwork, elevate morale in the Pacific Northwest with the help of outsourced officiating and other services

Growth Pangs

Taking the measure of growth stocks

The Backdating Debate

SOX disclosures bring to light another potential accounting scandal

A Healthy Savings Rate

Do 90% of workers eligible to fund HSAs do so, or is it more like 25%? It depends a lot on what employers do

Simper “Fie”

David P. Coldesina, D.D.S., P.C. Employee Profit Sharing Plan & Trust and David P. Coldesina vs. The Estate of Gregg P. Simper; Ted A. Madsen; Flexible Benefit Administrators, Inc.; Greystone Marketing, Inc.; Kansas City Life Insurance Company; Sunset Financial Services, Inc.

Hanging in the Balance

As a key IBM decision looms, two courts send mixed messages about cash balance plans

Model Portfolios

Establishing and applying the benchmark for an endowment or pension portfolio

Reasonable Doubts

Federal courts reluctant to hold fiduciaries liable for company stock decisions