March 2001

ETFs: Welcome To The Party

America's pension plans are in theory the most sophisticated pools of capital in existence. Yet the instruments in which they mainly invest remain unchanged from pre-Depression days

Less Is More

Participants seek simplified 401(k) statements with personalized data

Petitioning the High Court

Will the US Supreme Court agree to review a decision that could sour still more employers on retiree health benefits?

Tell Me Another One

Burlington Northern's narrow court victory offers a lesson in why employers should not make open-ended benefits promises

Hiring Handicap

What's being done to contend with brain drain and notoriously poor compensation in the public pensions community

Put It In Writing

Why your 401(k) may be in dire need of an investment policy statement

The New Futures: In Yours?

US exchanges sell the first futures on individual stocks as a hedging and securities-lending

No More Frills?

Economy-minded employers start to cut free food and other perks. Will retiree benefits remain intact?

CIEBA Presses Cross-Trading Crusade

Cross-trading between two or more pension funds managed by a single plan sponsor is still strictly forbidden under ERISA, but the Committee on Investment of Employee Benefit Assets is looking to change all that.

Parting Advice From Chookaszian

In early February, Dennis Chookaszian, chairman and CEO of mPower Advisors, abruptly stepped down, citing "personal reasons," passing the baton at the San Francisco-based company to Steve Deschenes, the Time Inc. alum who had been president since 1996. The prior week, Chookaszian, who will remain on the mPower board, talked to PLANSPONSOR Editor-in-Chief Charles Ruffel about prospects in the "advice" space.

Pensions’ Reformers

Pension reform returned to the forefront of the new legislative agenda in 2001 with no apparent loss of momentum, thanks largely to the informed and enthusiastic support of two focused Congressmen representing different sides of the aisle.

Demystifying Hedge Funds

Some new Web sites aim to make these sophisticated investment vehicles more user-friendly

Demystifying Hedge Funds

Some new Web sites aim to make these sophisticated investment vehicles more user-friendly