Service Provider Awards
This is your chance to submit your best investment education projects even if the plan sponsor did not enter, or if your materials are generic/off the shelf.
Feel free to enter here the same campaign that your client entered in the plan sponsor Eddy Awards. You could win twice. We also encourage you to enter innovative investment education tools that you make available to your clients.
Remember: Materials may include both print and online components as part of a single entry for all categories.
Initial Investment Education
Entries should introduce existing employees to the investment options of a new or modified plan, or new employees to the investment options of an existing plan. Materials must focus heavily on the investment process. May include both print and online materials as part of a single entry.
Ongoing Investment Education
Materials should reinforce all or part of your earlier investment education efforts, or change participant investment behavior. May include both print and online materials as part of a single entry.
Showcase special investment education and communication programs with entries as simple as a single postcard or Flash file or an e-mail, rather than a full campaign. Entries can focus on one objective, such as launching new investment options, trying to increase the employee deferral, or educating participants to more broadly diversify their asset allocations. May include both print and online materials as part of a single entry.
This category recognizes campaigns devoted to explaining the transition to a new service provider. These entries do not have to contain all of the investment education expected in initial and ongoing education. May include both print and online materials as part of a single entry.
Fee Disclosure and Education
While the importance of fee disclosure is usually recognized by plan sponsors, effective education and communication about fees is a relatively new and evolving component of investment education. This category will reward outstanding efforts to educate plan sponsors about fees, and to clearly and effectively disclose fees to participants. May include both print and online materials as part of a single entry.
Training and Advocacy
Show your most creative efforts at educating the employees who provide investment education to plan participants or creating advocates from your clients’ employee ranks – such as store managers - even if they don’t work for the department overseeing the plan. May include both print and online materials as part of a single entry.
The entries will be judged on the effectiveness and completeness of their investment education messages, except where noted. These are programs that best educate about, and encourage, sound investment practice. The entries should have a clear discussion of such concepts as risk and return, diversification, compounding, the impact of inflation on accumulated assets and the risk and return characteristics of each investment option offered. Successful entries in all categories will be creative and will have strong identification with the plan sponsor, unless the materials are generic.
Entries must be accompanied by a letter containing evidence of the effectiveness of the program, e.g., an increase in participation or a change in the average asset mix.
For all entries that include online components the URL or temporary user ID and/or password - valid through March 16, 2012 - must be provided.
NOTE: Please complete and return this entry form together with ONE set of your educational materials. Use a separate envelope and entry form for each category entered; multiple entries may be boxed for mailing only. Do not mount entries on boards. Materials will be returned only if accompanied by an appropriately sized self-addressed envelope.
Please do not send PowerPoint presentations. They will not be judged.
$95 per entry. Please include credit card information on the last page of this entry form. If submitting multiple entries, please fill in the credit card details for each submission.
Pensions & Investments
360 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601-3806
NOTE: Please complete and return this entry form together
with ONE example of your educational materials. Use a separate envelope and entry form for each category entered. Do not mount entries on boards. Materials will be returned only if accompanied by an appropriately sized self-addressed envelope.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 14, 2011