February 2012

What You Don’t Know

I’ve been interviewing many people for jobs recently, trying to find good candidates to join the editorial team of PLANSPONSOR and sister publications PLANSPONSOR Europe and PLANADVISER. One thing that strikes me in dealing with some of these applicants who have no history writing about, or working with, retirement plans is the different methods by which they say they will learn about our industry.

Can DC Plans Adequately Replace the Income Provided By DB Plans?

Late last year, in a discussion of the New York public pension system, Thomas DiNapoli, the state’s comptroller and sole trustee of the $133.8 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund (CRF), said 401(k) plans are not adequate to replace defined benefit plans. This led us to ask NewsDash readers whether they thought defined contribution plans are able to provide retirement income as adequately as defined benefit plans.

Bells & Whistles – February 2012

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

PLANADVISER’s 2012 Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers

Last year, we introduced the PLANADVISER Top 100 Advisers, a listing of the advisers and adviser teams competing for the annual PLANSPONSOR’s Retirement Plan Adviser and Adviser Team of the Year awards that stand out in terms of a series of quantitative measures.

A Fresh Look

Plan sponsors revisit emerging market equities

A Changing World

Reasonable compensation—brought to light by 408(b)(2)

Tidbits – February 2012

Some quotes, survey statistics, and musings to use in employee communications, or just as a break in the grind.