Smart Funds Adopt New Target-Date Focus

November 11, 2008 ( - Hand Benefits & Trust Company (HB&T) has hired Target Date Analytics LLC (TDA) to manage the firm's SMART Funds Target Date Series.

Mercer to Size Up Carbon Footprints

November 10, 2008 ( - Mercer says it can now provide clients with a 'carbon footprint' analysis of their portfolio/s, and compare it to a chosen benchmark, such as the FTSE All-Share, S&P 500 or Russell 1000.

Wachovia Extends Participant Call Center Hours

November 4, 2008 ( - Wachovia Retirement Services has temporarily extended customer service call center hours to help participants "during this time of financial markets volatility."

Kravitz Takes On JPMorgan Cash Balance Plan Business

November 4, 2008 ( - Kravitz, provider of cash balance pension plans, announced that it has completed the acquisition of the existing book of MaxPlan retirement plan business from JPMorgan Retirement Plan Services.

New Limited Medical Insurance Plan Designed to Support HDHPs

November 3, 2008 ( - Fringe Benefit Group has announced the availability of its new limited medical insurance plan, Framework Passage, which provides first dollar coverage for employees enrolled in a high-deductible health plan (HDHP).

Natixis Introduces Absolute Return Fund

November 3, 2008 ( - Natixis Global Associates (NGA) has announced the addition of the Vaughan Nelson Value Opportunity Fund (VNVAX) to the Natixis Funds lineup.

Direxion Enters ETF Market

November 3, 2008 ( - Direxion announced its entrance into the exchange-traded fund (ETF) space with the Direxion Shares 3x ETFs, slated to begin trading Wednesday, November 5, 2008.