December 2001

The Way Forward

PLANSPONSOR's editors review the events of 2001 to help sponsors chart their course for the New Year.

An Unmatched Benefit

Maybe the writing is on the wall. Maybe the defined contribution plan match is destined to be the latest victim of the economic downturn. If so, sponsors had better prepare for some serious fallout.

Coping With Call-Ups

Some employers go beyond the letter of the law to preserve benefits for their employees on military duty

Hanging In

Battered by a slumping equity market, more workers are postponing retirement, consultants say

Like It Or “Lump” It

Onan settles a class-action suit targeting its cash balance plan's lump-sum calculations

Feeding the Midsize Plan

With investment income dropping, large providers in search of new sources of fee income are courting mid-size plans with services that look more like the products sought by America's largest pension funds.

Matching Meltdown?

Some sponsors are rethinking their contribution strategies as the economy sours

Top 10 for 2002

Herewith, PLANSPONSOR's editorial team offers its take on the issues most likely to challenge plan sponsors in the New Year. In identifying the 10 topics listed below, we were assisted by comments gleaned from roughly 100 readers of PLANSPONSOR.com's daily NewsDash, PLANSPONSOR.com's newsletter.

Sidebar: Top 10 for 2002

Herewith, PLANSPONSOR's editorial team offers its take on the issues most likely to challenge plan sponsors in the New Year. In identifying the 10 topics listed below, we were assisted by comments gleaned from roughly 100 readers of PLANSPONSOR.com's daily NewsDash, PLANSPONSOR.com's newsletter.

Pure Yield Play

Slow to catch on with plan sponsors, collateralized debt obligations are enjoying a boom with other investors

A Job Well Done

Cost-conscious companies are looking to employee-recognition programs as inexpensive ways to increase retention

Pensions Architect

Former LACERS trustee helps build a pensions infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Bending The Rules

Quick regulatory relief helps employers and plan providers cope with fallout from terrorist attacks

Starting Over

PWBA New York misses its home at the WTC

London Calling

What's wrong with investment management today? Mercer's Gardener offers a piece of his mind

Dissecting ERISA Online

Web sites provide searchable text of the pension law, plus helpful advice for staying in compliance