While stopping short of giving their vendors the highest possible service rankings, plan sponsors ranked their plan providers higher this year in categories like Internet service, participant technology, and range of options offered. But, do participants really want-or need-this many bells and whistles?
Pension lobbyists are expected to push for legislation to ease funding requirements for plan sponsors that fear they will have to begin making contributions again
It might well be that perspective will show that neither K-Mart nor Xerox is an outlier-rather, they are harbingers of a trend now in the making
While less than a third of our readers rated their providers "excellent" in terms of overall client service, there were favorable responses across the board in categories such as fairness of fees, investment performance, and account rep expertise
Participants aren't "getting it"
Judge certifies class in IBM pension action
Rising health-care costs likely to remain human resources professionals' top priority in 2002
Plan sponsors claim that refunds of management fees received by recordkeepers from nonproprietary mutual funds are actually illegal kickbacks
Its energy portfolio under the microscope, CalPERS appoints a delegation to meet with the controversial companies
Employer groups say work still needs to be done
Retired social worker, holistic counselor, 59
Knowing when to hold, where to fold, and whether it is time to walk away- or run
At the Nasdaq's peak in March 2000, the market value of Virginia Retirement System's private equity holdings had been $4.16 billion. Over the following year, the system saw draw-downs of $565 million, which means VRS increased its investments in these private equity funds by that amount for a total of about $4.725 billion. From March 2000 though March 31, 2001, VRS received about $1.629 billion in so-called "distributions," the monies that private equity fund managers return to their limited partners-such as VRS-either as dividends or as the payout when a portfolio company is purchased, merged, or goes public.
Dave Williams changes course
The ups and downs of matching in company stock
If you do plan to match in company stock, experts recommend taking these steps:
Microcap strategies post strong returns. So why are more plan sponsors not biting?
September 11th's victims are among the beneficiaries of a new wave of corporate volunteerism
Fraud investigator Edward Siedle looks at consultant and money manager abuses and what plan sponsors can do to prevent them
Maryland managers either perform or they're out
In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, (k) plan participants and DB plan sponsors hardly blinked, a consultant observes
New contributions favor company stock and large-cap equity
What's good enough for Ronald Blue's clients is good enough for Ronald Blue
What private equity encompasses-and what its future may hold
Finance and HR staff should do stints in each other's departments, a consultant advocates
On September 11, many HR executives had to be both. How to prepare for the worst