July 2001

Paring Down The Plan

For many DC participants, a "set it and forget it" approach, orchestrated and overseen by the plan sponsor, may be just what the doctor ordered

Heal Thyself

The debate over the Patients' Bill of Rights is Washington at its worst, with both sides talking past each other

Catching Up

Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but....

Learning To Like LTC

Employers are steadily providing more LTC coverage. Washington is finding ways to encourage them fur

Less Than Meets The Eye

So far, at least, defined contribution health insurance is attracting only modest interest

Sharing The Pain

North Carolina uses pension contributions to make up budget shortfall

Set In Stone

Comprehensive pension reform is here at long last!

Change Is Good

Key provisions of the new pension reform taking effect in 2002

Semper Fiduciary

It doesn't pay to underestimate- or cross- the Connecticut State Treasurer

Fee For All

Through a process known as fee-"scraping," providers are making money from your DC accounts. What, if anything, is in it for plan sponsors-and how much is at stake?

The Many Faces Of Fees

In addition to finder's fees, there are a number of other sources of potential revenue-sharing imbedded within the mutual fund fee structure itself. These include:

How Did We Get Here?

At about the same time that 401(k)s were coming into their own, mutual funds emerged as a dominant investment vehicle for that market. The diversified fund offerings made it relatively easy for plan sponsors to offer participants the ability to make investment choices, while still sparing them the complexities of picking individual stocks.

Semper Fiduciary

It doesn't pay to underestimate-or cross-the Connecticut State Treasurer

The Empowerment Myth

Giving participants carte blanche to direct the investment of their 401(k) assets is blatantly irresponsible, some experts say. However, there is an alternative

Show Me The Money!

Why cash still beats out retirement and health benefits as an employee retention tool

What’s The Bottom Line?

Some big companies are applying return-on-investment analysis to pensions and other employee

Step By Step

Marriott's ROI calculations were the result of a four-part plan

Damned If You Do…

Plan sponsor advocates worry about litigation threat in two competing patients' rights bills

Saying “I Do”

How Wells Fargo wedded two disparate plan strategies on the heels of its merger with Norwest

Endangered Species

Can the traditional pension plan survive? Only if policymakers take action now, writes Ken Steiner of Watson Wyatt.

The “Coup Of One”

When Senator James M. Jeffords announced in May that he would leave the Republican Party, become an Independent, and vote with the Democratic caucus, former Majority Leader Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican, denounced Jeffords' departure as a "coup of one."

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The Bush Team

Can Bush's new commission produce a plan that can pass Congress?