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2013 Archives

Nov/Dec 2013

Administration
The future is now.
By J. Spencer Williams
Communications Watch
Participants, plan sponsors, providers, and America are all winners.
By Bob Benish
Compliance Watch
A guide to the new legislation.
By Taylor Wedge French, James P. McElligott Jr., and Larry R. Goldstein
Focus On Excellence
Seven years later, Heritage Valley Health System employees are $185 million closer to retirement security.
By Jim Phillips and Patrick McGinn
Plan Design
A Q&A about the implications of plan design choices.
By Joan Driscoll
Plan Limits
The IRS released the 2014 retirement plan limits.
President's Page
Industry professionals must work together.
By Bob Benish
Research
PSCA’s 56th Annual Survey reports on the 2012 plan-year experience of 686 plans with 10.3 million participants and $769 billion in plan assets.
By Hattie Greenan
Saver's Credit
Help your low-income workers can take advantage of this important tax credit.
Washington Watch
What this means for DC plans.
By Ed Ferrigno

Sept/Oct 2013

Communications Watch
How plan sponsors can break through to their audience.
By Bob Benish
Compliance Watch
Are severance payments subject to FICA taxation?
By Douglas W. Charnas and Jeffrey R. Capwell
Investments
A risk management Q&A.
By Chuck Cornelio
Plan Design
Tailoring strategies for each participant.
By Marlena Lee and Massi De Santis
President's Page
Plan sponsors show they care about participant communications.
By Bob Benish
PSCA News
New members will replace outgoing directors.
President's Page
Full results will be available in mid-October.
By Hattie Greenan
Signature Awards
Plan sponsors and providers are recognized for their outstanding communication and education campaigns.
Washington Watch
PSCA reacts to the SAFE Plan.
By Ed Ferrigno

July/Aug 2013

Communications Watch
MassMutual Retirement Services emphasizes language and cultural diversity in their communications campaigns.
By Kara Clark
Compliance Watch
Seventh Circuit rejects DOL theory.
By Marcia S. Wagner
Compliance
What the DOMA decision means for plan sponsors.
By Sally Doubet King and Larry R. Goldstein
Investments
Fulfilling fiduciary responsibilities.
By Angelo Auriemma, CFA® and Preet Prashar, CFA®
President's Page
Discover answers to all of your defined contribution plan questions.
By Bob Benish
Research
All participant indicators are up for 2012.
By Hattie Greenan
Washington Watch
But the threat remains.
By Ed Ferrigno

May/June 2013

Administration
Why go it alone?
By Trisha Brambley
Annual Review
2012 was a year of change, transition, and fee disclosure.
By Kara Clark
Communications Watch
Celebrating DC plan communications.
By Bob Benish
Compliance Watch
U.S. Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen
By Ann M. Caresani
Focus On Excellence
Navigating a plan conversion.
By Carmen Pieper
Investments
Tips for plan fiduciaries.
By Joseph Adams, Anne Becker, Karen Simonsen, and Ashley McCarthy
President's Page
Embracing the broader goal of financial wellness.
By Bob Benish
Research
Learn how your plan measures up in terms of industry trends and best practices.
By Hattie Greenan
Washington Watch
“Ya’ feelin’ allright? I’m not feelin’ too good myself.” – Joe Cocker, 1969
By Ed Ferrigno

March/April 2013

Administration
What your auditing firm does and why they do it.
By Barry L. Shaw and David M. Kot
Communications Watch
Communications enable plan sponsors to enhance their retirement education programs.
By Mary Kay Leydon
Compliance Watch
A user guide for plan fiduciaries.
By Richard P. McHugh
Compliance
The new guidelines are effective April 1, 2013, but plan sponsors may begin using them now.
By Eleanor Banister and James P. Cowles
Focus On Excellence
Financial fitness for the NFL.
By Liz Davidson
President's Page
Making a plan for your retirement.
By Bob Benish
PSCA News
PSCA committee overviews and other updates.
Research
Retirement Plans in the United States: 2007–2012
By Catherine Collinson
Washington Watch
Overcoming burdens that prevent small plans from offering DC plans.
By Ed Ferrigno

Jan/Feb 2013

Communications Watch
Acknowledging outstanding industry leaders.
By Bob Benish
Compliance Watch
Excerpts from some of our fiduciary-related Compliance Watch articles.
Focus On Excellence
Onsite workshop success.
By Jill O’Brien
Investments
Understanding alternatives for short term fixed income.
By Ronnie Shah
President's Page
Why can’t we all just get along?
By Bob Benish
PSCA News
Thank you to our outgoing Board members for your years of service.
By Kara Clark
Research
Few plan participants asked questions about the fee information they received.
By Hattie Greenan
Saver's Credit
Help your low-income workers can take advantage of this important tax credit.
Washington Watch
Regulatory agenda will move forward in 2013.
By Ed Ferrigno