January 2009

Heralding Change

The caduceus, a staff entwined by two serpents­ in the form of a double helix, surmounted by wings, is sometimes used as a symbol for medicine (the more accurate representation is the rod of Asclepius, which has only a single snake and no wings, and is the symbol of the American Medical Association).

“Starting” Points

A new year is, in many respects, a fresh slate—a new ­budgetary fiscal year, a new plan year, a chance to make (and, for a time anyway, keep) those New Year's Resolutions.

A Participant Wish List

There was a time when 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.

January 2009

PLANSPONSOR.com news articles that also appeared in the Upfront section of the January issue.

January 2009

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.

What’s the Most Irritating Phrase?

Recently, Lexicographer Jeremy Butterfield, in a new book titled "A Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare," compiled a list of what he says are the most irritating phrases in the English language. In early November, I asked NewsDash readers for their opinion of the most irritating phrase.

January 2009

Each month, Bells & Whistles highlights recent product introductions that plan sponsors may find of interest.

June 2009

Each month, Bells & Whistles highlights recent product introductions that plan sponsors may find of interest.

A Better Deal

Conservative groups declared war on governmental defined benefit (DB) plans more than a decade ago.

2009 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Income Buyer’s Guide: Second Stage

For years, our industry has talked about the importance of attending to the impending issue of helping retirees properly “decumulate” the fruits of their retirement savings endeavors in retirement planning’s “second stage.” Yet, when all was said and done, the retirement income “solution” proffered, if one was proffered at all, was an annuity. Not that, to paraphrase that infamous Seinfeld episode, there was anything wrong with that.

Second Chances

In the world of 2008, where equities­ of all types were unloved, the stocks of companies in emerging markets were perhaps loved least.

The View from the Summit

In the midst of one of the more tumultuous market periods in memory, PLANSPONSOR convened its third annual Defined Benefit Investment Summit.

Painful Prognosis

Employers struggle to deal with the economic crisis' potential impact on health-care expenses

Absence Minded

On November 17, 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) published a final rule to update, for the first time, its regulations under the 15-year-old Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Three Themes

Pension policy, market turmoil, and the post-October 2008 world

Watch Words

Will "change" come to the retirement system?