Defined Contribution Plans

Defined Contribution Plans

  • Stock Market

    This Isn't Good...

    December 03, 2003 BY Eric Bjorgen

    A recent study conducted by Hewitt & Associates found that 42% of 401(k) plan participants cashed out rather than roll their assets into an IRA or into their new employers’ defined contribution plans.

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  • Stock Market

    Declining Defined Contribution Participation

    April 05, 2003 BY Eric Bjorgen

    A recently released survey of over 500 large and mid size employers found that the employee participation rate in 401(k) plans dropped to a level not seen since the early 1990s.

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  • Stock Market

    View From The North Country

    December 05, 2001 BY Steve Leuthold

    Why deflation and depression are not synonymous, undemocratic suggestions for 401(k) plans and the NBA Name Game: Does Basketball’s sponsorship fare better than baseball or football?

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  • Stock Market

    View From The North Country

    August 04, 1999 BY Steve Leuthold

    The trauma of losing Big. Large Investment losses can have a dramatic psychological impact on some individuals. Defined contributions plans…A stock market time bomb?

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  • Stock Market

    It's August...Stay In Touch

    August 04, 1999 BY Steve Leuthold

    What happened to the markets in July?..…No obvious major factor for decline. The daily stock market chart of July 1999 is close to a carbon copy of July 1998. Will history repeat itself in August? Let’s hope not.

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  • Stock Market

    Active Managers Beat Index Funds!

    July 05, 1999 BY Steve Leuthold

    Just as many plan sponsors throw in the towel, active managers pull a great quarter out of their collective hat. What's in store for the second half of 1999?

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  • Stock Market

    View From The North Country

    March 02, 1999 BY Steve Leuthold

    Contrary to Wall Street wisdom, rising MZM is not necessarily indicative of Fed easing. Nor does contracting MZM mean a tightening Fed. Also, unlocking the mystery of the low U.S. savings rate.

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  • Stock Market

    View from the North Country

    December 05, 1995 BY Steve Leuthold

    Public, NOT professional sentiment may be all that really matters in today's stock market environment. The dark side of 401(k)s...Can unsophisticated investors really be expected to prudently allocate assets, maintain funding disciplines, and resist the temptation to borrow against their plans?

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  • Stock Market

    View From the North Country

    September 05, 1994 BY Steve Leuthold

    Cash isn't trash, not in 1993 and not today. The real value of cash is its opportunity value, not its yield. Are you an AARP member? "Seeds of Generational Warfare” points out many of the reasons for the growing demographic conflict, young versus old.

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  • Stock Market

    View from the North Country

    December 05, 1993 BY Steve Leuthold

    What About China?...The 7% Solution...Plan Sponsor's Future Investment Earnings Assumptions Are Too High...Some Facts About Gold

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