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October 31, 2002 - 12,640 subscribers
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Overview: Final Interim Regulations Regarding Blackout Notice Requirements (PDF)
2 pages. Excerpt: "Section 306(b) and the Interim Regulations apply to any blackout period that begins on or after January 26, 2003. Transition rules apply for notice periods beginning between January 26, 2003 and February 25, 2003. In addition, although not required, plan administrators of plans entering into blackout periods prior to January 26, 2003, may wish to comply with the new notice requirements." (LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, L.L.P.)

Opinion: the 403(b) in California is Broken. Here's the Fix.
Excerpt: "Despite recent legislative efforts, the 403(b) retirement plan in California is a fiasco. The typical vendor list here is a bloated mess of high fee vendors. Los Angeles Unified School District is the poster child for this train wreck." (403bWise.com)

Hope and Caution: ERISA Plan Investment in Alternative Investment Funds
8 pages. Excerpt: "This article offers a short survey of the unique issues that pension plan fiduciaries face with respect to alternative investment funds and that fund managers may face if pension plans invest in their funds.... [S]pecial attention must be paid to how the ERISA duties of prudence and loyalty and the ERISA and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) prohibited transaction rules apply to such funds ..." (Kilpatrick Stockton LLP)

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Non Qualified Plan Recordkeeper
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Pension Actuary
for Actuarial Designs & Solutions, Inc.
in ME

Pension Administrator
for Chambers Benefit Group
in NM

Newly Posted Conferences (Post Yours!)

What's Driving the Rapid Rise in Health Care Costs ?
in MA
December 5, 2002
Greater Boston Chapter, Intl Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists

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