August 2009

Best Managers You Never Heard Of

PLANSPONSOR's "Best Managers You Never Heard Of," the class of 2009, includes several of the unconventional sort and, contrary to what Lord Keynes might have predicted, they all have a client following. So far, their reputations are intact.

Time Flies

If you want to get a sense of how fast time flies, and just how much things can change in a relatively short time, consider that, a year ago, GOP presidential contender John McCain hadn't yet named a running mate, then-candidate Barack Obama was still encouraging the electorate to sign up for his text about the announcement of his pick for VP, "Joe the Plumber" hadn't yet lined up for his stint in the national spotlight—and the Dow was trading in the 11,500 range.

The “Burden” of Proof

Recently, the 7th Circuit responded to requests that it reconsider its opinion in the revenue-sharing/"excessive fee" case of Hecker v. Deere. The case, of course, was one of the earliest in the litany of those cases to be filed in 2006, and the only one (thus far) to reach the appellate level.

August 2009 news articles that also appeared in the Upfront section of the August issue.

August 2009

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.

Should Health Insurance Be Linked to Employment?

As Congress ruminates on the particulars of health-care reform and its finances, and with President Obama warming—or at least open—to the notion of taxing health-care benefits, I asked NewsDash readers if, in their opinion, it made "sense" to link health insurance to employment.

August 2009

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

Limit “Ed”?

Dennis Hecker, et al. v. Deere & Company, Fidelity Management Trust Co., and Fidelity Management & Research Co.

Savings Strategies

How to reduce plan expenses in challenging economic times