October 2010

Nothing Doing?

Most of us are kept pretty busy just keeping up with the day-to-day demands of retirement plan administration: ­getting people into the plan, helping them make respectable investment decisions, and trying to keep an eye on fees, while also making sure that all the nondiscrimination tests are adhered to properly. We all know that, sooner or later, those programs are expected to produce and/or provide retirement income, and there is a growing sense that the best way to help participants make good retirement-income decisions is to bring those decisions into the workplace retirement-planning process.

Listening Post

Having just wrapped up our PLANADVISER National Conference, I found myself turning back to my notes from the PLANSPONSOR National Conference.

War Stories – October 2010

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.

Have You “Googled” a Co-Worker?

As social networking tools like Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace continue to expand—even as the Internet serves to bring all that heretofore personal information into public view—I recently asked NewsDash readers if they had ever “Googled” an interview candidate or co-worker, and what they had discovered as a result.

Bells & Whistles – October 2010

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. If you have a product announcement that you believe would be of interest to our ­readers, drop us a line at news@plansponsor.com.

Commercial Messages

Sponsors need to remember that real estate keeps a different schedule from most other asset classes

Reeling in the Years

The Social Security retirement age is going up—deal with it

Limit, Less?

An inside look at PPACA's restrictions on pre-existing conditions, as well as annual and lifetime limits