QPAM (Qualified Professional Asset Manager)

A registered investment adviser, bank or insurance company that meets certain requirements specified by the DOL (i.e., independence from the plan sponsor and minimum equity capital and for registered investment advisers, assets under management tests). A QPAM is important to the stable value market because the DOL has issued an exemption that permits a QPAM to engage in otherwise prohibited transactions between a plan and parties in interest to that plan. Investment contracts often require a stable value manager to represent that it qualifies as a QPAM.