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PLANSPONSOR strives to educate and inform plan sponsors of all types and experience levels. We have dedicated a page to articles about the basics about plan compliance and administration.
How to Tell If You’re Paying Reasonable Fees for Actuarial Services
Leslie Olds, with Strategic Benefits Advisors, discusses how DB plan sponsors can determine whether actuarial fees are in line with services provided.
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2022 Recordkeeping Survey
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Which are the most northern, southern, eastern and western U.S. States?
Defined Benefit Plans May Have New Life
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
Economic Events
Interest on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.98% for the week ending April 29, up slightly from last week when it averaged 2.97%, according to Freddie Mac. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.23%. Interest on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.31%, up from last week when it averaged 2.29%. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.77%.

In the week ending April 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance was 553,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week’s revised level of 566,000, the Labor Department reported. The four-week moving average was 611,750, a decrease of 44,000 from the previous week’s revised average of 655,750. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020, when it was 225,500.
Market Mirror
Thursday, the Dow climbed 239.98 points (0.71%) to 34,060.36, the Nasdaq increased 31.52 points (0.22%) to 14,082.55, and the S&P 500 gained 28.29 points (0.68%) to finish at 4,211.47. The Russell 2000 was down 8.70 points (0.38%) at 2,295.46, and the Wilshire 5000 closed 193.29 points (0.44%) higher at 44,220.96.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 2/32, increasing its yield to 1.642%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 24/32, bringing its yield up to 2.301%.
ERISA Examination
Record Keeping
A document retention policy can guard against future claims.
iJoin Personalizes Financial Education and Planning
Users can take actions that move them along a path towards their financial goals.
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 admitted as the 18th U.S. state. In 1897, British physicist J.J. Thomson announced the discovery of electrons. In 1900, Hawaii was organized as an official U.S. territory. In 1945, holed up in a bunker under his headquarters in Berlin, Adolf Hitler committed suicide by swallowing a cyanide capsule and shooting himself in the head. 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, four years after publishing a proposal for “an idea of linked information systems,” computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee released the source code for the world’s first web browser and editor. Originally called Mesh, the browser that he dubbed WorldWideWeb became the first royalty-free, easy-to-use means of browsing the emerging information network that developed into the internet as we know it today.

And now it’s time for some FRIDAY FUN!
Guy rigs lawnmower for large hill.

Transitioning from typewriters to computers.

In Orange County, Florida, some road painters need to be “schooled.” [pic]

In Daytona Beach, Florida, a woman suffered injuries when she was riding in a car with her daughter and something crashed through the windshield. It was not one of the usual items that hit windshields, such as a rock or debris—it was a turtle! According to the Associated Press, the turtle was likely crossing the interstate and got knocked into the air by another vehicle. The woman was not seriously hurt.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy weekend!
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