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Pension Plans & 401(k) Plans: A 2012 Perspective
   LIVE Webcast  


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New Department of Labor disclosure regulations will present new challenges for 401(k) plan sponsors and providers, and the rules are one of a host of trends impacting defined contribution plans. Firms will need an updated strategy in managing their retirement plans.

The Knowledge Group is assembling a panel of key experts and thought leaders to help walk you through the most important issues in the mix. Speakers will discuss:

Course Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Method Of Presentation: Group-Based-Internet
Developer: The Knowledge Group, LLC
Recommended CLE/CPE Hours: 1.75 - 2.0
Advance Preparation: Print and review course materials
Course Code: 114213
Recording Fee: $299 (Please click here for details)


Featured Speakers for Pension Plans & 401(k) Plans: A 2012 Perspective LIVE Webcast:

Agenda  (click here to view more)

Sarah A. Holden, PhD, Senior Director of Retirement and Investor Research ,
Investment Company Institute

  • • Profile of the U.S. retirement system
  • • Households’ perceptions of and confidence in 401(k) plans
  • • Trends and impact of automatic enrollment in 401(k) plans
  • • 401(k) participants’ actions in their 401(k) plans since the financial market crisis
  • • Asset allocation of 401(k) plan participants before and after the financial market crisis—looking at individual’s account asset allocations across a wide sample of participants and also focusing in on recent hires

Sarah Lowe, Partner,
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • • Fiduciary issues in choosing 401(k) investments
  • • Employer stock funds: Unitized versus real time trading
  • • Fiduciary issues in hiring investment managers and how to address those issues in the investment management contracts
  • • Best practices when pension plans make alternative investments (private equity, hedge funds etc)

Bertha Minnihan, Partner and Group Leader, Employee Benefit Plan Services,

• Retirement plan trends in current economic markets
• DOL review of plans and their findings
• Best practices for sponsors and plan administration
• Preparing for annual plan audits and form 5500 filings

Elena Barone Chism, Associate Counsel – Pension Regulation,
Investment Company Institute

Recent developments on the regulatory front
  • • DOL disclosure regulations—participant and employer disclosures are both in play
  • • Developments on lifetime income on participant statements

Caren B. Bianco, Director of Investments,
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Trends in Managing 401(k) Investment Line-ups
  • • Simplification
  • • Target Date Funds
  • • Non-bundled account management
  • • Miscellaneous approaches (that are not quite trends...yet)
    • a) Globalization
    • b) Passive vs Active strategies
    • c) Brokerage Windows

Investment Company Institute
Sarah A. Holden, PhD
Senior Director of Retirement and Investor Research
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Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Sarah Lowe
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Bertha Minnihan
Partner and Group Leader, Employee Benefit Plan Services
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Investment Company Institute
Elena Barone Chism
Associate Counsel – Pension Regulation
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PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Caren B. Bianco
Director of Investments
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Who Should Attend?

‒ Plan Sponsors, Fiduciaries and Participants
‒ Retirement Plan Practicing Lawyers
‒ Employee Benefits & Compensation Lawyers and Consultants
‒ Payroll and Benefits Administrators
‒ Human Resource & Benefits Personnel
‒ Retirement Plan Financial Professionals
‒ Retirement Plan Sponsors
‒ Financial Advisers
‒ Public Companies
‒ Private Companies
‒ And anyone involved in Retirement Plan Administration

Why Attend?

This is a must attend event for anyone interested in learning the updates in pension and welfare benefit plans in 2012.
‒ Detailed guidance explained by the most qualified key leaders & experts
‒ Hear directly from key regulators & thought leaders
‒ Interact directly with panel during Q&A

Be in the know! Click the “register” button below as space is limited. Significant discounts are available for early registrants.

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Pension Plans & 401(k) Plans: A 2012 Perspective
LIVE Webcast

Event Sponsors:

Kilpatrick Townsend is a full service firm with nearly 650 attorneys in 18 offices throughout the U.S. and abroad. Their Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation attorneys work on behalf of clients throughout the U.S. and internationally in all areas of employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA litigation, representing a cross-section of businesses ranging from Fortune 100 public companies to family-owned businesses and start-up companies. The diverse and innovative client base they support provides cutting-edge work that keeps them at the forefront of critical developments in the field. The team’s primary service areas include, Business Transactions, ERISA Litigation, Executive Compensation, Fiduciary Counseling, Health & Welfare Plans, Pension Fund Management and Retirement Income Plans.

Moss Adams LLP is the 11th largest accounting and consulting firm in the United States. Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Seattle, Moss Adams has 21 locations. Nationwide, Moss Adams provides accounting, tax, and consulting services to public and private middle-market enterprises in many different industries. Our staff of over 1,700 includes approximately 230 partners. We’re also a founding member of Praxity, AISBL, a global alliance of independent accounting firms in the major markets of North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Moss Adams has a specialty benefit plan services practice with dedicated professionals that audit over 800 plans annually. Our plans range in size from 100 to 60,000 participants with $100,000 to over $1 billion in assets. We’re members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center, which communicates regulatory developments, best-practices guidance, and technical updates.

As a leading provider of HR consulting services, PwC’s Human Resource Services’ global network of 6,000 HR practitioners in over 150 countries, brings together a broad range of professionals working in the human resource arena -- retirement, health & welfare, total compensation, HR strategy and operations, regulatory compliance, workforce planning, talent management and global mobility -- affording our clients a tremendous breadth and depth of expertise, both locally and globally to effectively address the issues they face.

PwC is differentiated from its competitors by its ability to combine top-tier HR consulting expertise with the tax, accounting and financial analytics expertise that have become critical aspects of HR programs.

PwC’s Human Resource Services practice can assist clients in improving their performance across all aspects of the HR and human capital spectrum through technical excellence, thought leadership and innovation around five core critical HR issues: reward effectiveness and efficiency; risk management, regulatory and compliance; HR and workforce effectiveness; transaction effectiveness; and global mobility.

Speaker Firms:

ICI is the national association of U.S. investment companies, including mutual funds, closed end funds, exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”), and unit investment trusts (“UITs”). Members of ICI manage total assets of more than $12.47 trillion and serve more than 90 million investors.

Media Partner:

Since its launch in 2004, the primary focus of has been on California's escalating public employee pension crisis. Overall, the site monitors developments in three pension spheres nationwide -- public employee pensions, corporate pensions and social security -- since it is taxpayers who will ultimately be responsible for making up deficits incurred by any of them. The site also tries to monitor international trends. is a project of the non-profit California Public Policy Center.


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