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AON Hewitt or whatever they call themselves is a reputable company. They are "independent" from any of thebig mutual fund or investment providers and are what I would call - a "pure" recordkeeper (and I'm in the 401(k) business with a competitor of them). I maintain a an account with them from a former employer's 401(k). But they are not money managers. Someone else is the money manager. Your employer has found a way to have custom managed portfolios or Collective Investment Trusts ("CIT") as your investment options. This is, in fact, a legitimate move in that 1) it typically lowers the management fees and "overhead" associated with mutual funds (which are heavily regulated and have lots of fees associated with them and CITs and the like do not); and 2)they can provide more of a long term management focus, which many mutual funds cannot, provide more adaptability (nimbleness) to changing conditions, and provide for different or more targets investment focus because they are not shackled to the regulatory environment surrounding mutual funds.

No, they don't have "tickers" because they are not "mutual funds" or registered security products traded on an exchange. Sounds like these are new funds, so they don't have a track record. The manager probably does - and under DOL regulations, the names of the portfolio managers must be disclosed to you - and you can research them.

Check with your HR folks and get more information.
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