This excerpt taken from the HPQ 10-K filed Jan 14, 2005.
Section 5. Earnings on the Deferral Account.
5.1 Crediting in General. Amounts in a Participant's Deferral Account will be credited at least quarterly with Earnings until such amounts are paid out to the Participant under this Plan as set forth in Section 6 or 7. All Earnings attributable to the Deferral Account shall be added to the liability of and retained therein by the Company. Any such addition to the liability shall be appropriately reflected on the books and records of the Company and identified as an addition to the total sum owing the Participant. The Deferral Account of a Rollover Participant shall be credited with Earnings at the same time and accounted for in the same manner as the Deferral Account of a Participant (regardless of the Rollover Participant's eligibility to participate in the Plan), pro-rated to reflect the date on which the deferral account from a Rollover Plan is transferred into the Plan.
5.2 Hypothetical Investment Choice. Except as otherwise provided in this Section 5.2, and subject to provisions of Section 4.1, the Committee may, in its discretion, offer Participants a choice among various hypothetical investments on which their Deferral Accounts may be credited. Such a choice is nominal in nature, and grants Participants no real or beneficial interest in any specific fund or property. Provision of a choice among hypothetical investment options grants the Participant no ability to affect the actual aggregate investments the Company may or may not make to cover its obligations under the Plan. Any adjustments the Company may make in its actual investments for the Plan may only be instigated by the Company, and may or may not bear a resemblance to the Participants' hypothetical investment choices on an account-by-account basis. The timing, allowance and frequency of hypothetical investment choices, and a Participant's ability to change how his or her Deferral Account is credited, is within the sole discretion of the Committee. The Committee may, in order to comply with applicable law, further limit the hypothetical investment choices available to Covered Officers.
5.3 OER Deferral Fund. The Fund, referenced in Section 21.16.3, with respect to which OER Deferrals are credited, is a frozen fund. Participants will not have, among the hypothetical investment choices, the right to request that additional Deferral Account balances be credited in accordance with the deemed return on investment of this Fund. However, Participants may choose to have any or all of the balance of a Deferral Account being credited in accordance with the deemed return on investment of this Fund, credited instead using any of the hypothetical investment choices referenced in Section 5.2.