September-October 2009

Exit Strategies

Practical wisdom for practice leaders making a change

Hidden Agenda?

Small-plan 401(k) lawsuit targets three providers over allegations of excessive fees and inadequate disclosure

High Flying

America’s most expensive airports

Proceed with Caution

A sometimes overlooked provision applies when terminating 401(k) plans

“Right” Minded

One of the most common—and consistent—inquiries I receive (via e-mail, anyway) is from readers looking for help in choosing a plan provider.

Selling Recovery


With participants’ initial panic over, advisers can help them bring their accounts back to life and get back on track in the downturn’s wake

Talking Points

Tired of giving the same old presentations? Use these nuggets of information to spruce them up.

The Value of Difference

No one business model is “the best”; everyone thrives by virtue of being different

Trendspotting

Articles that appeared in the Trendspotting section of the magazine

Turn Abouts

Every time I turn around lately, it seems there is another news alert in my inbox about 401(k) fees, whether it is some progress being made in Congress on the fee disclosure bill(s), a new lawsuit over plan fees, or some mainstream media report about how much you are “really” paying in your 401(k).

Walking a Tightrope

Figuring out how much to charge and knowing whether it’s reasonable