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Why 401(k) managers love alliances

More than 1.1 million 401(k) participants are served by one-source alliances now. But their advantages are difficult to gauge, and debatable when quantified.
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The Big Squeeze

Another bailout of Social Security appears likely in the next year. This time around, some proposals for radical change-perhaps even privatization-are drawing attention.
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Detroit’s Delicate Condition

Last summer, the Big Three automakers tried and failed to secure concessions from the UAW on their lavish health benefits. But mounting pressures from rival producers make it...
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Bond Pickers

At a time when incremental returns are gaining in importance, some plan sponsors are turning to managers who concentrate on credit risk and other bond fundamentals.
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A disastrous first quarter 1994 for hedge funds

A disastrous first quarter sent hedge funds reeling. But there has been no shakeout, and observers say the risks-and rewards-of buying hedge funds are the same as before.
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Samurai Fire Sale

Japanese institutions are planning to sell or restructure some 40% of their US real estate holdings. Some pension funds see opportunities.
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Bad Reputation

Some plan sponsors still consider structured notes a good investment tool-so long as investors understand their inherent liquidity risks.
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Beyond the Grave

Some plan sponsors that have gone to electronic payment of pension benefits are finding that reclaiming payments from dead beneficiaries is not always easy.
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Beyond the Grave 2

Some plan sponsors that have gone to electronic payment of pension benefits are finding that reclaiming payments from dead beneficiaries is not always easy.
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CMO Analytics Hit Main Street

A spate of new and improved CMO analytic packages promises investors a better understanding of their CMO portfolios.
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Ghosts in the Machine

Derivatives have gained notoriety by wreaking havoc in some heavyweight portfolios. Now custody banks are scrambling to keep a closer eye on these quirky creations.