SURVEY SAYS: The News You Need

We at PLANSPONSOR strive to bring you news that is relevant, helpful, informative and thought-provoking.

Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “What coverage do you MOST like and what would you like to see more of?”

As for PLANSPONSOR magazine, cover stories and the Washington Update sections tied for MOST liked, with 22.7% of responding readers choosing each of them. This was followed by DC, DB and 403(b) Q&As, at 13.6%, and Insights, at 9.1%. Upfront articles, PS Coach and DB Focus were each selected by 4.5% of readers. And, disappointingly, 18.2% of NewsDash readers said they do not read the magazine (although some magazine articles are included in some NewsDash newsletters).

As for content, Compliance was the MOST liked (39.1%), followed by Data and Research (26.1%). Thirteen percent MOST liked articles in our Benefits section, 8.7% each chose Administration and Investing and 4.3% MOST liked Opinions articles.

Asked what they would like to see more coverage of, a majority of responding readers (63.6%) selected regulations and litigation. Half chose DC plan design. Basics articles about plan administration or investing issues was chosen by 31.8% of readers, while 27.3% would like more stories about plan sponsor experiences.

DB plan design, DC investing and people Q&As each were selected by 18.2% of respondents, 9.1% each would like more coverage of nonqualified deferred compensation plans and industry research and 4.5% chose DB investing. The one “other” suggestion was to put a “Tweet of the Week” in the Small Talk section in NewsDash.

Among the few readers who left comments about our content, a couple noted that lawsuits and their outcomes were very important to report. Most comments touted our content as a good resource. No Editor’s Choice this week.

Thank you to all who participated in the survey.


As long as what you are reporting is not fake, I will read pretty much anything you publish

I enjoy 'On This Date' and Quotes -- thank you!

As an IT person supporting DB and DC plans, your publication is a tremendous resource to help me understand the world my business partners inhabit.

I don't always have time to read the newsletter, but I always find time to read The Small Talk. That's my favorite part!!

It's good, thanks!

I really like when you cover lawsuits and outcomes.

It is very difficult to answer these questions as ALL of the content is good and valuable and multiple answers could be given. Thanks for all the info you provide!

I especially value reporting on DC lawsuits.


NOTE: Responses reflect the opinions of individual readers and not necessarily the stance of Asset International or its affiliates.