It is hard to imagine a more daunting undertaking than the attempt to select a Plan Sponsor of the Year.
When was the last time you saw a mariachi band at an employee education meeting?
In late January, as the markets roiled, Steve Holmes and other Summit Strategies Group consultants had a five-hour meeting with investment staffers at their client, the Missouri State Employees' Retirement System (MOSERS).
Participation in the State of Hawaii Deferred Compensation Plan stands at about 35%. That far exceeds the average 21.6% participation rate among state 457 plans.
YMCA employees get the benefits of an innovative retirement plan design.
Brayton Connard is a glass-half-full kind of guy.
2008 has been a year of change in the retirement plans at Piedmont Natural Gas (PNG), a Charlotte, North Carolina-based energy company.
Ron Jiede admits it isn't an everyday thing these days for an employer to shell out $60,000 to hire a law firm to perform a stem-to-stern fiduciary audit on its retirement programs.
Plan Sponsor of the Year Finalist. Municipal Employees’ Retirement System of Michigan: Ahead of the Curve
The Municipal Employees' Retirement System (MERS) of Michigan likes to make moves proactively.
Compassion International—a Christian child-advocacy mission that says it helps more than 950,000 underprivileged children in 24 countries—strives to carry over its philosophy about how people should be treated to its handling of employee benefits.
A couple of weeks ago, I was watching the Oscar awards (well, it was on, I wasn't really watching). Of course, most of the awards acknowledge efforts that the casual filmgoer doesn't appreciate—and many of the awards this year went to movies I had not seen.
Last month, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in a landmark decision that participants can pursue their individual claims under ERISA.
PLANSPONSOR.com news articles that also appeared in the Upfront section of the March issue.
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. Sometimes those stories are tragic, sometimes they are bizarre, and sometimes—admit it—they are just plain funny.
Whatever your job responsibilities, a little well-timed introspection can offer some much needed perspective—particularly during what can be a most hectic period for plan sponsors.
Each month, Bells & Whistles highlights recent product introductions that plan sponsors may find of interest.
In reaction to the stock market turmoil of 2001 and 2002, U.S. institutions have been redirecting assets from domestic equities.
In 1949, long before there were tracking errors, manager style boxes, or Sharpe ratios, a PhD sociologist-turned-investment-Âmanager named Alfred Winslow Jones devised an investment strategy that relied on two techniques: buying stocks with leverage, and selling stocks short.
Northwest Administrators, Inc. v. Ralph W. Cutter
If bonds are good for DB plans, why are stocks so good for DC plans?
Although you already may have given up on your New Year's resolution to get fit, you still can follow through with your resolutionÂ to make sure all of your fiduciary ducks are in a row for this year. Below are some important steps that you should consider.
The primary fiduciary for the ABC 401(k) Plan is walking down the sidewalk. He notices a $100 bill lying on the ground. The bill has a note attached: "This belongs to the ABC Plan."
It's hard to find a plan sponsor that doesn't find the ability to get answers to many issues in a single place alluring, whose time-constricted day does not beg for the efficiency of an integrated service offering, that would be unappreciative of the opportunity to avoid being cast in a role where he or she must bear the brunt of ensuring that the various and sundry moving parts of benefit program design fit and flow together.