Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
April 13th, 2017
Benefits & Administration
More and more people plan to stay in the work force past age 65, and many cite effects of the Great Recession for causing them to fall behind on retirement savings.Read more >
DB Plan Funding Status Moving in the Right Direction
Several analyses show funded status improvement for the month of March as well as the first quarter.Read more >
Many Plan to Make Financial Sacrifices in Retirement
Worries about health care costs and Social Security uncertainty have many Americans planning to make financial sacrifices in retirement, according to a survey conducted for the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). The survey found that only 46% of non-retired Americans are confident they will reach their retirement goals, compared with 49% who are not confident. Non-retired Americans plan on making at least one financial sacrifice in retirement.Read more >
EARN Act Clears Senate Finance Committee
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
Plaintiffs Rebuffed by Appeals Court in Active Management Lawsuit
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
HSA Market Trends Differ From Those in DC Space
The presence and generosity of employer contributions to health savings accounts only make a slight impact on the enrollment rate, for example.Read more >
Products, Deals and People
HealthPartners, a non-profit health care organization, has partnered with tech firm Welltok in order to develop a health care personalization platform that would be tailored to individual participants based on factors such as their age, health status and preferences.Read more >
Market Mirror

Wednesday, the Dow decreased 59.44 points (0.29%) to 20,591.86, the NASDAQ closed 30.61 points (0.52%) lower at 5,836.16, and the S&P 500 was down 8.85 points (0.38%) at 2,344.93. The Russell 2000 lost 17.75 points (1.29%) to close at 1,359.19, and the Wilshire 5000 fell 134.20 points (0.55%) to 24,425.49.

On the NYSE, 3.1 billion shares changed hands, and on the NASDAQ, 2.9 billion shares traded, with declining issues outnumbering advancing issues more than 2 to 1 on both exchanges.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 9/32, decreasing its yield to 2.266%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond increased 15/32, bringing its yield down to 2.908%.
Considering Annuities As Insurance
Roberta Rafaloff, with MetLife, says plan sponsors should stop discussing annuities as if they are investments.Read more >
Endowment Model Benefits From Alternative Equity Exposures
Diversified emerging markets was the best performing overall asset class for the Endowment Index during the first quarter of 2017. The Endowment Index, calculated by Nasdaq OMX, shows portfolios using the endowment model grew 4.95% (on a total return basis) for the quarter ending March 31, 2017, closing with an index score of 1,125.13.  The firm observes the S&P 500 index gained 6.05% for the same period.Read more >
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1775, Lord North extended the New England Restraining Act to South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. The act prohibited trade with any country other than Britain and Ireland. In 1782, Washington, North Carolina, was incorporated as the first town to be named for George Washington. In 1860, the first mail was delivered via Pony Express when a westbound rider arrived in Sacramento, California, from St. Joseph, Missouri. In 1861, after 34 hours of bombardment, the Union-held Fort Sumter surrendered to Confederates. In 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in New York City. In 1943, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial. In 1954, Hank Aaron debuted with the Milwaukee Braves. In 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first black person to win an Oscar for best actor. It was for his role in the movie “Lilies of the Field.” In 1976, the U.S. Federal Reserve introduced $2 bicentennial notes. In 1997, Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament at the age of 21. He also set a record when he finished at 18 under par. In 1998, NationsBank and BankAmerica Corp. announced a $62.5 billion merger, creating the country’s first coast-to-coast bank.
SURVEY SAYS: Many surveys have revealed that Americans feel unprepared for retirement and plan to retire later or work during their retirement-age years. This week, I’d like to know, do you plan to retire later, and/or do you plan to work during your retirement-age years? You may respond to this week’s survey by 6 p.m. Pacific time today.Read more >
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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