December 2011

Wait Until Next Year

The end of the year is always a time for reflection—on things that happened, and those that didn’t.

Making a List…

There was a time when Christmas shopping for my nieces and nephews was a relatively straightforward process. Simply put, we’d spend a day or two at the mall looking for things that we thought would be genuinely fun (in my case) in a generic sort of way—some flavor of electronic car, Legos, dolls, etc.

War Stories – December 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.

What’s the Most Annoying Workplace Buzzword?

A recent poll of senior executives—including those from human resources, finance, and marketing—identified some of the most annoying/clichéd terms and phrases from the workplace. In late September, we asked online readers to vote for the one they found most annoying—but the best part of the survey was the additions they provided to that list.

Bells & Whistles – December 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

2011 NQDC Buyer’s Guide

This year’s Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plan Buyer’s Guide provides a snapshot of the continuously evolving business.

Tail Tells

What investment managers are considering when adjusting TDFs for inflation

Win, Win

Loomis, et al. v. Exelon Corporation, et al. 09-4081 & 10-1755

Pay Pulls

Proposed regulation on PPACA premium tax credit