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2007 PLANSPONSOR DC Survey: Picking Up the Pace

Two years ago, we wrote about the “next level” in defined contribution designs—a growing interest on the part of plan sponsors in focusing on service elements like participation rates, deferral amounts, and appropriate asset allocation—a precursor, if you will, for the designs that would eventually come to a fuller fruition in the Pension Protection Act.

War Stories |

November 2007

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...
Survey Says |

What’s Your Employee Identifier?

Managing to keep personal information has always been a key concern in our business—and we've recently seen instances where there have been inadvertent disclosures that have caused embarrassment,...
Bells & Whistles |

November 2007

Each month, Bells & Whistles -highlights recent product -introductions that plan -sponsors may find of interest. More -information on these -announcements can be found on www.plansponsor.com.
Bells & Whistles |

Another Look at ETFs: November 2007

As a regular feature in PLANSPONSOR (and in PLANADVISER as Hot off the Presses), Bells & Whistles ­highlights recent product introductions­ that our readers may find of interest.
Bells & Whistles |

Another Look at ETFs: November 2007

As a regular feature in PLANSPONSOR (and in PLANADVISER as Hot off the Presses), Bells & Whistles ­highlights recent product introductions­ that our readers may find of interest.
Feature |

PPA Opens the Way – Defined Contribution

Currently, less than 50% of Quiksilver Inc.'s eligible employees participate in the company's 401(k). That, however, should change on January 1, 2008, when employees will begin to be...
Head of the Class |

Fogged In?

The credit crunch squeezes real estate investments.
The Bottom Line |

New Latitude

The Labor Department issues guidelines for fiduciaries picking a defined contribution plan annuity provider.
Total Benefits |

Viva VEBA

When General Motors Corp. announced a landmark agreement that will let the company shift $47 billion in retiree-medical liabilities, it undoubtedly inspired other employers to take a second...
Case Sensitive |

“Dire” Circumstance

Jane Edgar v. Avaya, Inc.; Garry McGuire, Sr.; Donald K. Peterson; Joseph P. Landy; Richard F. Wallman; Bruce Lasko; and John Does 1-30
Rules/Regs |

Breathing Room

As October wound to a close, the Department of Labor finally published the much-anticipated final regulations on qualified default investment alternatives (QDIAs) under participant-directed indi­vidual account plans.
Barry's Pickings |

Free To Choose

Often, when I hear a presentation by some behavioral economist about the virtues of exploiting employee passivity to increase participation and improve asset-allocation decisions in 401(k) plans—a.k.a. automatic...
Saxon Angle |

Alternative “Investment”

For years, plan sponsors have relied on ERISA section 404(c), which enables a plan sponsor to avoid liability for the investment of plan assets where participants direct the...
Special Report |

Nouveau Niche

For connoisseurs of the exotic, a new breed of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) should appeal.
Special Report |

Another Look at ETFs. Under New Management

It has become well established that 401(k) participants do not have the time, skill, or inclination to manage their 401(k) accounts. "Participants are supposed to be good investment...
Special Report |

Another Look at ETFs: Inside the Guide

Several months ago, I had a modest amount of money that I wanted to invest for the short term. I wasn't exactly sure just how long—longer than overnight,...
Special Report |

Nouveau Niche

For connoisseurs of the exotic, a new breed of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) should appeal.
Special Report |

Another Look at ETFs. Under New Management

It has become well established that 401(k) participants do not have the time, skill, or inclination to manage their 401(k) accounts. "Participants are supposed to be good investment...