July 1998

First SAVER Summit a Success

The first National Summit on Retirement Savings produced a remarkable display of bipartisanship, and a raft of suggestions for change. But it left some delegates frustrated

Chicago Pension Reform

Enhanced retirement benefits sweeten an embattled plan to reduce contributions to two Chicago pension funds

Q&A with David J. Hsieh, Duke University

In some of the first systematic research on hedge fund performance, an academic shows they can be used to provide downside protection or replicate bond funds

Promoting Portability

The product of many mergers, Rhone-Poulenc's US sub has a new pension equity plan that helps employees who may not want to make their whole career at one company

Survey of Technology Solutions and Service Providers

Pension officers want better risk management tools, and closer links with their money managers via the internet. Technology vendors are busily creating and upgrading their products to fill the need

Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Round Table

Executives from Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Investment Management interviewed for the Round Table include (left to right): Ruth Hughes-Guden, head of defined contribution; Marna C. Whittington, chief operating officer; James M. Allwin, president; Frank P. L. Minard, head of global marketing & client services.

European Pension Reform

Huge moves may be in store as the euro takes hold, from new equity benchmarks and allocations to, possibly, an EMU-wide annuity rate

Who Is A Fiduciary?

The lines of fiduciary responsibility blur as employers move benefits administration to outside vendors. Here's how to protect yourself

Sued for Negligence?

Two court cases determine when an actuary can be sued for negligence-and why a plan sponsor cannot be sued over a benefits decision

Are Safe Harbors Too Expensive?

Safe harbors from ADP/ACP testing are coming soon. Small firms with many high earners, and multiemployer plans, are most likely to benefit

Gerard P Kaufhold

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