September 2011

The Costs of COLAs

As public plans seek ways to improve funding, some look to adjust retiree COLAs

Adjusting to The Cost of Living

Having just come through another summer of fuel and food price spikes, and with newly hiked (and retroactive) state taxes just taking hold, it’s clear that our costs of living are rising, whatever gauges like the consumer price index purport to tell us about the pace of inflation.

“Fifth” Avenues

2006 was a big year in many ways for me—it marked my 20th wedding anniversary, it was the year my father passed away, the year my eldest went off to college, and also the year that "catch-up contributions" became an item of more-than-passing interest to me.

War Stories – September 2011

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 Had an Unreasonable Boss?

Bosses come in all shapes, sizes, and temperaments. Earlier this summer, I asked online readers if they had ever worked for an unreasonable boss.

Bells & Whistles – September 2011

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

2011 PLANSPONSOR National Conference

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Damage Control

What sponsors can do to help mitigate risk as they go through transitions

Blame Gains?

California Winery Workers Pension Trust Fund v. Union Bank N.A., N.D. Cal., No. 3:10-cv-02240-SI 


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Disclosure Closure

Are you ready for new participant disclosure requirements?