January 2010

After the Storm

A year after the market meltdown, a new provider landscape emerges.

The Benefits of the Doubt

Those who were wondering when—or perhaps if—the issues raised in those revenue-sharing lawsuits would ever actually be tried got a strong, affirmative response when the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found triable issues of fact in a case involving Wal-Mart’s 401(k) plan. That sent the case back for another hearing by the trial court that had dismissed issues raised in the lawsuit, while also taking the time (at least in a footnote) to distinguish some of its findings from a similar case (Hecker v. Deere) that had failed to clear the bar in another circuit.

Recovery Road

Most Vanguard 401(k) participants are recovering nicely.

Stress Tests?

Big companies are stepping up health and productivity measures.


DC participants are not fully reaping benefits of the rebound.

Match Makings

Most 403(b) sponsors kept match during the downturn.

War Stories – January 2010

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 Is the Oddest Thing You Have Ever Seen on a Résumé?

We often are counseled to keep our résumés “current,” regardless of our ­comfort/security with our current position (after all, you never know when an opportunity may come knocking).  Recently, I asked NewsDash readers to share some of the oddest things they had seen—or put—on a résumé.

Bells & Whistles – January 2010

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

Back on Track

Emerging markets recover—then pick up steam.

Underwater World

As stock prices languish, more employers gear up to do option exchanges.

Actions Oriented

Iron Workers Local 25 Pension Fund, et al., v. Watson Wyatt and Co., No. 04-cv-40243

The Big Reveal

Sponsors should start getting ready now for the new  Form 5500.