July 2009

Bad Assumptions

Doubtless, you have heard (and probably used, in one context or another) the phrase that begins "when you assume…." As that phrase suggests, we are often ill-served by making assumptions about what people will say—or do.

Let’s Make a Deal

Way before we had "reality" shows where we could watch people make fools of themselves in prime time, there was "Let's Make a Deal."

July 2009

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

July 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.

Got Some Advice for the Class of 2009?

If you are hiring this year, then you already may have seen some new faces running around. Recently, I asked readers to share the best entry career advice they ever got—and what words of wisdom, if any, they would offer to the class of 2009.

July 2009

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

July 2009

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

2009 Employee Benefits Attorneys Guide: Juris Prudence

Ours is a business bounded by laws—at least as much as any, if not more than most. If we are largely spared the intrusions of the occasional vagaries of competing state directives, there seems enough change and variation in the legal frameworks we operate within to more than compensate for the difference.

Value Judgments

Discipline pays off for value strategies

Multi Faceted

Trying times expand multimanager roles

Bundled “Up”?

Providers have made progress convincing plan sponsors who were already receptive to bundling about certain benefits associated with bundl­­ing.

Pocket Change

A gloomy economic forecast could prove to be a sunny future for the health-care consumerism trend as more employers seek lower-cost solutions.

Term Limits

In re: Delphi Corporation Securities, Derivative & "ERISA" Litigation, MDL No. 1725

Hearing Aids?

In a joint hearing on target-date funds before the Department of Labor (DoL) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last month, witnesses were in favor of the concept of target-date funds, but most saw room for improvement.

Do Something

What we're "missing" in the target-date debates

Targeted Flavors

Know what you are buying with target-date funds