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Articles by Patty Kujawa

Review of DC Provider Could Yield a Bounty of Benefits

February 14, 2011
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While it is part of plan sponsors' federally mandated fiduciary obligation to review provider services, experts say vendor turnover will continue to be active because of recent regulatory and legislative changes as well as a response to an improving economic climate.
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DC Plans Step Up Disclosure of Fees to Participants

January 28, 2011
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New Labor Department regulations require defined contribution plan sponsors to supply information on revenue sharing and more detailed data on fees and expenses to participants.
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Highlighting Employee Investment Gaps

December 9, 2010
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Some employers are more proactively educating workers about insufficient contributions to their 401(k) plans, a trend that’s expected to persist into 2011. One company, after mailing nearly 17,000 personalized letters about current employee investing levels, tracked a 45 percent increase in contributions.
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Labor Department Pushes Intensified Scrutiny of Employee Stock Ownership Plan Fiduciaries

November 18, 2010
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Increased costs also worry some as the rule extends fiduciary liability to ESOP valuation firms and significantly strengthens the Labor Department's ability to file lawsuits against them for faulty appraisals.
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Improving Employees' Financial Literacy

November 1, 2010
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While many employers offer some form of investment advice, a recent national survey shows that employees are slow to tap that expertise. One Minneapolis-based construction company has been able to better connect with employees by hosting a series of financial workshops.
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Weighing Retirement Calculator Options

October 4, 2010
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As retirement calculators become more sophisticated, employees can gain better insights into how much they need to save. But the number of steps involved, as well as the underlying statistical models, can dramatically alter that bottom-line figure.
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Retirement Readiness Can Employers Do More

September 10, 2010
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Despite the growth in 401(k) plans, nearly half of Americans ages 56 to 62 haven't saved enough for retirement, according to a recent Employee Benefit Research Institute analysis. Defined-contribution plans don't reach some employees, including those working in small businesses. Even BrightScope, the relatively young defined-contribution ranking company, is only now establishing a plan.
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Financial Reform Postpones a Key Stable-Value Decision

July 20, 2010
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The financial reform law asks federal agencies to study whether stable-value funds should be classified as swaps. How they are classified could influence whether they fall under the new law’s regulatory provisions.
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More Workers Checking In on Pension Plans

July 6, 2010
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Mercer reports a 40 percent increase in defined-benefit participants asking for their estimated end benefit in 2009 versus 2008.
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Employers Take a Second Look at Collective Investment Trusts

June 11, 2010
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Since 2008, the number and type of collective investment trusts have proliferated. One driver: a heightened employer interest in low-cost investment options.
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