March 2007

2007 Retirement Plan Advisors of the Year

In the real world, employers—even employers that cover the retirement plan industry—have a business to run. Running the retirement plan, as important as it is, generally isn't part of that "core" business. Couple that reality with the demanding fiduciary requirements of ERISA, and the dynamics of a constantly evolving regulatory landscape, and it is easy to see why financial advisers have become indispensable members of the team for most workplace retirement plans.

An Inconvenient Truth

There appear to be two great debates of our time: Is global warming (oops, I mean global climate change) real? How much do people need to save for retirement?

Upfront Articles news articles that also appeared in the Upfront section of the March issue

Where Do We Most Need Regulatory Clarity?

We're at one of those "interesting" periods of time, where we have new laws, but lack clarifying regulations; we have proposed—but not yet final—regulations; and, in some cases, we don't (yet) have the new laws or regulations that would really make our lives easier.

March 2007

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

Lifestyle Choices

Few product innovations have been as well designed for the needs of retirement plans—and retirement plan participants—as asset allocation funds.

Picking Up the Pace

Online tools increasingly tailored to different life stages can help increase 401(k) participation

Match Making

Securities lending emerges from the back office

Big Deal

A merger of unequal custody giants

Double Duty

Sandra C. Leister, Ph.D. v. Dovetail, Inc., Michelle Peterson and Evan Peterson

Prevailing Wisdom

The Supreme Court lets a significant cash balance ruling stand

Exemption to the Rules

DoL issues investment advice FAB clarifying plan sponsor responsibilities

Statistics of Success

What kind of provider and adviser should you align your plan with?