August 2010

Owner Shifts

The Best Managers You Never Heard Of: Class of 2010

What You Don’t Know…

There’s an old saying that what you don’t know won’t hurt you. That’s not precisely true, of course. It’s more accurate to say, if you don’t know about it, you won’t worry about it. Ignorance may, or may not, be “bliss,” but it’s surely not the way you want to go through life.

Prudent Mien?

Anyone who has been paying attention to 401(k) plan litigation these past several years knows that a common trigger—perhaps the most common trigger­—for litigation is the presence of company stock in the plan, more specifically, the presence of company stock that has declined sharply in value.

War Stories – August 2010

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. Sometimes those stories are tragic, sometimes they are bizarre, and sometimes—admit it—they are just plain funny.

Are Millennials Really Different?

For decades, as a mid-range Boomer, I have read (and relished) any number of market research reports and surveys that purported to show how different “we” were from any generation that had come before—only to find those same organizations later on made similar claims about Generation X in the workplace, and now Millennials (the kids of the Boomers). Recently, we asked NewsDash readers if they thought that, viewed as a group, Millennials were different.

Bells & Whistles – August 2010

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“Wrong” Headed

10 things you’re (probably still) doing wrong as a plan fiduciary

Staying on Track

Six things that can help transition management run smoothly.

Reform This

Of fiduciaries, ERISA fiduciaries, and counterparties.

The Final Word?

Will Congress try to trump the DoL on fee disclosure?

Roth Is Wrong—for Some People

I have been worried for some time that plan sponsors and participants do not understand the consequences of Roth deferrals. I am concerned that many plan sponsors do not educate participants properly and that many uninformed participants are making Roth deferrals.

Tax Treatments

Dealing with the new W-2 reporting and small-business tax credit