August 2007

The Best Managers You Never Heard Of.

Even if you start with an experienced investment team and a solid track record, building a money management firm from scratch can be a cold and lonely existence.

The Mother of Invention

When Smithfield Foods decided to start offering an annuity option in 2006 for the 15,000 participants in its three defined contribution plans, Corporate Benefits Manager Mary Fisher worried about employees' reaction.

“Best” Practices

There's a major problem in undertaking the kind of coverage we offer in this month's cover story; it's hard for the "best" to stay hidden for long, but it is difficult to find them when they are still (relatively) unheard of.

Second Chances

I'll always remember a conversation I had with my dad not long after he retired—a conversation about retirement investments.

Caveat Emptor

A couple of weeks ago, my better half told me that she thought it was time that we traded in two of our aging vehicles—one, a car that is too small for our family; the other, a van that now seems too big for all but cross-country trips—for something in the middle.

Upfront Articles

PLANSPONSOR.com news articles that also appeared in the Upfront section of the August issue.

September 2007

PLANSPONSOR.com news articles that also appeared in the Upfront section of the September issue.

August 2007

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 Are You Boosting Participation?

One of the most common defined contribution plan metrics of success is the level of participation in the plan, and for good reason.

August 2007

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

September 2007

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

First, Do No Harm

Retirement groups weigh in on the fee disclosure proposal from U.S. Representative George Miller (D-California).

Shape Shifters

Structured products take on varied forms.

Playing By Its Own Rules

Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rel vetoes bill that would let the state comptroller diverge from GASB standards.

Primary Colors

Quaid v. U.S. Healthcare, Inc., dba Aetna U.S. Healthcare; Hoffman Products New York Medical Benefits Plan; and Loren Cook Company Health Care Benefit Plan.

Opportunity Costs

Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Labor, v. Roger Kropf, et al.

Waiting Room

Plan sponsors get more time—and flexibility—than many had expected on final 403(b) rules.

Be Prepared

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Enforcement is responsible for investigating possible violations of fiduciary responsibility and other provisions of ERISA.

Grand Designs

From June 25 through 27, hundreds of plan sponsors, advisers, and providers gathered in Chicago, Illinois, for PLANSPONSOR's second annual industry conference, Plan Designs 2007.