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April 16th, 2019
Benefits & Administration
Contributions and Asset Returns Give State Pensions a Positive 2018
The funding ratio of state pension plans rose 1.7 percentage points to 72.2% in fiscal year 2018, according to Wilshire Consulting, the institutional investment advisory and outsourced chief investment officer (OCIO) business unit of Wilshire Associates Incorporated. The firm also reports significant changes to state pensions’ allocations to equity and real assets over the past decade. Read more >
Retirement Plan Sponsors’ Interest in Retirement Income Is on the Rise
401(k) consultants and advisers offer insight on the sentiments they are seeing from plan sponsors and make suggestions. Read more >
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Products, Deals and People
John Hancock Offers Retirement Plan Account Information Via Alexa
Participants in plans serviced by John Hancock can hear their account and loan balances, fund allocations, personal rates of return, contact information for the plan, and more. Read more >
Market Mirror

Yesterday, the Dow closed 27.53 points (0.10%) lower at 26,384.77, the NASDAQ decreased 8.15 points (0.10%) to 7,976.01, and the S&P 500 was down 1.83 points (0.06%) at 2,905.58. The Russell 2000 fell 5.63 points (0.36%) to 1,579.17, and the Wilshire 5000 lost 29.52 points (0.10%) to finish at 30,030.42.

 

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 5/32, decreasing its yield to 2.552%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond increased 6/32, bringing its yield down to 2.968%.

Webcast Event
Fiduciary Focus: Is 401(k) Loan Risk on Your Radar?
Do plan sponsors have a false sense of security about the fiduciary risks of 401(k) loans? Under ERISA, participant loans must be managed with the same prudence and oversight required of any plan investment. However, according to academic and industry studies, loans default at alarming rates, especially when participants lose their jobs. Read more >
From the Magazine
Behavioral Strategies to Help Participants See the Long Term
Sarah Newcomb, Ph.D., senior behavioral scientist at Morningstar, works to incorporate insights from psychology into products and services to help people make healthy financial decisions. Her research includes a focus on how the phenomenon of psychological distance affects financial behavior. For example, in a recent study, “The Comparison Trap,” Newcomb looks at how social comparisons affect our financial well-being. Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1705, Queen Anne of England knighted Isaac Newton. In 1818, the Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed U.S.-Canada border. In 1900, the first book of postage stamps was issued. The two-cent stamps were available in books of 12, 24 and 48 stamps. In 1905, Andrew Carnegie donated $10,000,000 of personal money to set up the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 1945, American troops entered Nuremberg, Germany. In 1962, Walter Cronkite began anchoring “The CBS Evening News.” In 1968, the Pentagon announced that troops would begin coming home from Vietnam. In 1968, major league baseball’s longest night game was played when the Houston Astros defeated the New York Mets 1-0. The 24 innings took six hours, six minutes to play. In 1972, Apollo 16 blasted off on a voyage to the moon. It was the fifth manned moon landing. In 1999, Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL). In 2007, in Blacksburg, Virginia, a student killed 33 people at Virginia Tech before killing himself.

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