Global Equity Picture Is Mixed in January

Emerging markets dropped by 0.11% over the month of January, while developed markets gained 1.20%, but developed market returns trailed emerging markets for both the three- and 12-month periods, according to new Standard&Poor’s data.

Time for a Change?

You may have noticed that the days are getting longer – but are you ready to spring forward?

AIG SunAmerica Partners with TPA PAi

AIG SunAmerica Retirement Markets has announced a partnership with plan administrator PAi, Inc., as part of AIG’s Polaris401 (k) program for small- to medium-sized companies.

XShares Creates ETFs with NY Firm

XShares Advisors LLC has announced its agreement with Elliott Wave International, Inc. (EWI) to create exchange traded funds (ETFs) based on technical methods developed or validated by EWI.

New Payroll Alliances Announced for The Online 401(k)

The Online 401(k), a provider of full-service Web-based 401(k) plans for small and single-person businesses, has signed more than 40 strategic alliances with independent payroll providers across the country as of January 2007.

Retirement Plan Participation Declines

Despite steady access to retirement plans, the number of working family heads that participated in their employer’s retirement plan dropped more than 2 percentage points from 2001 through 2004, to 46.1%.

IMHO: An Inconvenient Truth

There appear to be two great debates of our time—Is global warming (oops, I mean global climate change) real? and How much do people need to save for retirement?

Fiduciary Breach Costs CPA $5,000

A California CPA firm will have to pay $5,000 in restitution to an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), to resolve a lawsuit alleging that the CPA firm knowingly participated in fiduciary breaches under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

All Equity Markets Gain in Q406

Modest overall economic growth and a subsiding of inflation fears contributed to strong performance from U.S. equity markets in the last quarter of 2006, according to Mercer Investment Consulting (Mercer IC).