Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
October 3rd, 2019
What Safe Harbors Are Available to Retirement Plan Sponsors?
Safe harbor provisions protect employers from liability. That’s one good reason to understand them.Read more >
ERISA Section 404(c): Back to Basics
To be 404(c) compliant, a plan must offer a broad range of investment options and make it possible for participants to view and control their investments; the prescription sounds simple, but it can be confusing in practice.Read more >
Data & Research
Addressing the Desire to Work Past Age 65
While 75% of employers consider their companies to be “aging friendly,” only 54% of workers think their companies have adopted such policies.Read more >
A Target-Date Fund Industry Snapshot
The five leading TDF families by assets dwarf their competition, and the biggest provider keeps getting bigger.Read more >
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
Vanguard Partners With Candidly For Student Loan Repayment Program
2022 Best in Class 401(k) Plans
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
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2019 Survey of Executive Benefits in Corporate America–Download a copy
Access Ayco’s survey of executive benefits offered at 260+ companies.Read more >
Lower Asset Growth Hampers State and Local Pension Outlook
While liability growth has declined in the past two decades, asset growth has been even slower.Read more >
From the Magazine
‘Compensation’ as a Plan Term
What sponsors include, or exclude, can lead to big problems.Read more >
Market Mirror

Wednesday, the Dow tumbled by 494.42 points (1.86%) to end at 26,078.62, the NASDAQ declined by 123.44 points (1.56%) for a 7,785.25 finish, and the S&P 500 lost 52.64 points (1.79%) to fall to 2,887.61. The Russell 2000 was down by 13.80 points (0.92%) to 1,479.63, and the Wilshire 5000 dropped by 354.76 points (1.19%) for a 29,461.22 close. The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up by 26/32, lowering its yield to 1.597%, and the price of the 30-year Treasury bond was up by 2/32, lowering its yield to  2.089%.

Small Talk

Did you know that PLANSPONSOR magazine is conducting its annual Defined Contribution (DC) Survey of plan sponsors? The comprehensive survey explores plan design trends and recordkeeper satisfaction and helps inform many of our stories, but we need your help for it to be a success.

DC plan sponsors of all types and sizes are encouraged to complete the survey before the extended deadline, October 11, 2019. There is no cost to respond. Responses are confidential and findings will only be reported in the aggregate.

All respondents will be sent a complimentary copy of our 2018 Plan Benchmarking Summary Report shortly after submitting the survey and a 2019 Industry Report (based on survey results) later this year. Sponsors will also have the option of nominating members of their account/service team for our annual Service Star Awards and may qualify for our (optional) Best in Class 401(k) Plan Awards.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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