May 2011

PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser Team of the Year

2011 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser Team of the Year: FDG Institutional Consulting Group at UBS  2011 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser Team of the Year Finalists: Institutional Investment Consulting The (k)larity Group The Ratay...

Team Efforts

It should surprise no one that, in a field like ours, one where complexity and change are the order of the day, and where liability issues loom large, more and more plan sponsors are seeking the help of professional advisers. This issue, we proudly highlight as our cover story the best in that business—PLANSPONSOR’s Retirement Plan Adviser and Adviser Team of the Year.

Comparison “Points”

From time to time, we get reports from firms that purport to tell us how much work time is spent in preparations for certain non-work-related activities: the NCAA basketball pools, the Super Bowl, online shopping at the holidays. Those “studies” generally make some assumptions about the amount of time people spend on the workplace pools as well as how many people will participate, and their compensation levels, and—voila—the productive time ostensibly “lost” to these activities. Now, they make a lot of assumptions to get to that result, including the assumption that, but for these activities, people would be doing nothing but working.

War Stories – May 2011

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.

Do We Need a New Fiduciary Definition?

We’ve now moved from a proposed new (and expanded) definition of fiduciary to hearings on that proposed new (and expanded) definition of fiduciary. Recently, we asked online readers if they thought we needed a new (and expanded) definition of fiduciary. The responses, of course, were varied.

Bells & Whistles – May 2011

Each month, Bells & Whistles highlights recent product introductions that plan sponsors­ may find of interest. More information on these announcements can be found on If you have a product announcement that you believe would be of interest to our ­readers, drop us a line at

2011 Transition Management Survey: Pressing On

By sheer numbers alone, the portfolio transition market is huge. The 14 transition managers that responded to PLANSPONSOR’s ninth annual Transition Management Survey represent approximately 6,757 portfolio transitions and more than $3.7 trillion in assets transitioned from January 1 through December 31, 2010.

PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year

2011 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year:  James L. Worrell2011 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year Finalists:  Sean DevineyGregg L. Fine John W. SpachPhilip Steele 

Under Valued

Will institutions come to love value stocks again?


Cash balance plans make it harder to match assets and liabilities, study says

Plan B

An alternative to early retirement

(More) Audit Trials

Issues not to gift wrap for IRS executive-compensation auditors—part two

QDIA Demographics

The approach that plan sponsors should take in designing the investment strategy for pooled defined contribution plans

“Kid” Stuff

Issues regarding adult-children coverage under the PPACA