October 2012

Raising the Bar

How to get new investment committee members up to speed

On-the-Job Training

When I started at Asset International, as a senior editor at PLANSPONSOR, I brought no real knowledge of retirement plans.

Changing Focus

DC plan sponsors should concentrate more on deferral rates

Critical Mass

Employer may withdraw from MEP in critical status

Positive Impact

Employers add features to boost participation and savings

Rough Waters

Another challenging year for U.S. pensions

Smart Choices

TDFs reduce risk for retirement plan participants

Unreported Income

Retirement income measures should adapt to changing landscape

Ups and Downs

Wells Fargo sees increase in participant loans, decline in equity holdings

Bells & Whistles

Each month, Bells & Whistles highlights recent product introductions that plan sponsors may find of interest

Breaking Up

Considering the recent DOL advisory, are open MEPs still worth the trouble?

Tough Calls

Fixed income or equities? It’s not always an easy ­decision …

Fee for All

Thinking about investment outsourcing? Prepare for some confusion

Lost in Transition

For many sponsors, transition management can be both friend and foe

Age of Reason

How to evaluate adviser compensation under 408(b)(2)

Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Even though Roth 401(k)s have been around a few years, a number of employers have yet to offer them to plan participants. 

Roths Revisited

If your plan doesn’t offer a Roth 401(k), it’s time to reconsider


Some quotes, survey statistics and musings to use in employee communications, or just as a break in the grind.