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April 30th, 2019
From the Magazine
Cybersecurity Risks Increase
All too often there’s a new story describing a cybersecurity incident exposing the personal, identifiable information of millions of individuals to identity theft and fraud. As it is painfully obvious to those of us in the retirement industry, cyber threats provide an incredible danger to plan assets. Today, it is almost universal that plan sponsors and service providers store information electronically as opposed to on paper. While storing information electronically provides enormous benefits and cost savings for the industry, it creates a clear and immediate risk of losing plan assets through cyber breaches. While cyber risks are ever increasing, there is no comprehensive legal framework for dealing with these issues, as no one federal law governs cybersecurity for plans or service providers.Read more >
House Committee Approves Bill Aimed at Increasing Retirement Plan Coverage
Working Past Age 65 May Seem Like a Great Idea …
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Residents of the Island of Misfit Toys
Employees Don’t Want ‘All or Nothing’ When It Comes to Guaranteed Lifetime Income
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
Administration & Benefits
Employer Contributions Aid in DB Plan Funding Progress
An analysis from the Society of Actuaries suggests the majority of defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors are making sufficient contributions to help reduce unfunded liabilities.Read more >
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 >
Market Mirror

Monday, the Dow was up 11.06 points (0.04%) at 26,554.39, the NASDAQ increased 15.46 points (0.19%) to 8,161.85, and the S&P 500 closed 3.15 points (0.11%) higher at 2,943.03. The Russell 2000 gained 6.54 points (0.41%) to finish at 1,598.36, and the Wilshire 5000 climbed 44.44 points (0.15%) to 30,415.56.


The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 7/32, increasing its yield to 2.526%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 22/32, bringing its yield up to 2.958%.
Ruling in ERISA Case Lets Adviser Partly off the Hook
A mixed-bag district court ruling in Colorado closely examines the investment policy statements and contracts which governed the relationship between an advisory firm and a retirement plan committee facing an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) lawsuit.Read more >
Vanderbilt 403(b) Decision Marks Emerging Data Issues for Fiduciaries
Under the terms of a recently revealed settlement agreement, Vanderbilt 403(b) plan fiduciaries will have to contractually prohibit recordkeepers and other service providers from using plan participant data for the purposes of cross-selling.Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1789, George Washington took office as first elected U.S. president. In 1803, the U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million. In 1812, Louisiana was admitted as the 18th U.S. state. In 1900, Hawaii was organized as an official U.S. territory. In 1939, Lou Gehrig played his last game with the New York Yankees. In 1947, the name of Boulder Dam in Nevada, was changed back to Hoover Dam. In 1952, Mr. Potato Head became the first toy to be advertised on network television. In 1993, CERN put the World Wide Web software in the public domain. In 2012, One World Trade Center became the tallest structure in New York when it surpassed the height of the Empire State Building. In 2015, NASA’s Messenger spacecraft crashed into the surface of Mercury. The space probe sent back more than 270,000 pictures to earth.



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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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