August 2011

Small “Call”: The Best Managers You Haven’t Heard of—Yet

The consultants that guide sponsors in choosing the investment managers to run their pension portfolios look kindly on small, new firms, or at least are willing to give them a fighting chance against the megaliths. "We like smaller equity managers because the whole organization often is focused on one approach, both on investment philosophy and incentives to the owners and employees," observes Roger Fenningdorf, Head of Manager Research at Rocaton Investment Advisors, consultants based in Stamford, Connecticut.

Pleasant Surprises

Years ago, I dragged my future wife to see Clint Eastwood’s "Pale Rider."

“Starting” Points

You may have missed it, but there was a bit of a "dust-up" in our industry last month.

War Stories – August 2011

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.

Will 408(b) (2) Matter?

Now that the Department of Labor has made its decision to push back the effective date of the 408(b)(2) fee disclosures official, in early June we asked readers what they thought the impact would be and, more specifically, how big an impact those disclosures might have.

Bells & Whistles – August 2011

Each month, Bells & Whistles highlights recent product introductions that plan sponsors­ may find of interest. More information on these announcements can be found on If you have a product announcement that you believe would be of interest to our ­readers, drop us a line at

Growth Patterns

Over shorter periods, growth indexes outperformed their value counterparts—and by significant amounts

“Covered” Calls

Are you ready for DoL service provider disclosure requirements?

Rescind Developments

There have been quite a few questions on the new rescission rule under PPACA and how the rule applies in many practical situations, such as a plan terminating an individual’s coverage back to the date of termination of employment (a fairly typical occurrence).