September 2010

Building a Better 401(k)

The thinking behind how moving from mutual funds to ETFs and commingled trusts saves 401(k) participants money.

Better Ideas

One of the signs of age seems to be the gradual transference of cultural icons from one’s youth into, shall we say, unexpected venues: Led Zeppelin riffs underpinning a Cadillac commercial, Dennis Hopper touting retirement alternatives, “the Fonz” hawking reverse mortgages, and, more recently, Lee Majors of “The Six Million-Dollar Man” fame pitching hearing aids!

The Duty To Ask

A recent revenue-sharing case could have far-reaching implications. That case, Tibble v. Edison International, was decided several weeks ago. What I found most interesting about this case wasn’t the decision, or the court’s rationale, though both certainly will have ramifications beyond this case.

War Stories – September 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.

Bells & Whistles – September 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 If you have a product announcement that you believe would be of interest to our ­readers, drop us a line at