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Losing ground

Three years of decline in the number of defined benefit and 401(k) plans covered by collective bargaining agreements are cited in a new study
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New CIO for San Diego County fund

Robert Snigaroff plans no immediate changes in the fund's venturesome asset allocation, but a new study is planned for the fourth quarter
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Planning ahead

The IRS loosens the rules for plan sponsors who prefer to determine 401(k) contributions in advance for highly compensated employees
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Public Servant

David Strauss Executive Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
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The Horror, The Horror

Form 5500, the plan sponsor's equivalent of a tax return and just as scary is being reinvented. But will the new document and processing system really be a...
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From too much disclosure to too little?

The 5500 redesign proposal would remove some financial information that helped an enterprising reporter to uncover a pattern of questionable investments by an IBEW pension fund
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The Mortgage Store

New York City's pension funds have made a profitable business of mortgage lending for local low income housing projects. Now, competition is pushing the funds to widen their...
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Visual Aids

Videotapes that teach the investment basics are popping up in VCRs everywhere. But some are better than others. Here's how to tell the helpful tapes from the timewasters
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Desktop investors

Almost anything plan participants want to know about their accounts is now available online, plus transaction capabilities. Increasingly, plan sponsors feel comfortable with the change
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Surfing the Web in Saftey

Vanguard Institutional Investment Group administers Science Applications International Corporation's $1.8 billion defined contribution plan.
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Managing Transition Costs

Plan sponsors, large and small, are growing increasingly conscious of the costs, both direct and indirect, that are associated with terminating fund managers and re-investing portfolios.
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Fair Weather Friends

Catastrophe bonds are more dependent on the greenhouse effect than Greenspan
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Losing the Middleman

Why the Methodists 403(b) plan insists on a manager with internal crossing capability
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Clinton’s New Deal

SMART plan for small employers draws some praise, while critics attack life insurance tax
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Disability Dilemma

How to keep defined contribution plans working when employees can no longer contribute
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Young and mobile

Cognizant Corporation retailors its employee benefits plans for more mobile workers