Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
August 1st, 2019

The Importance of Getting Beneficiary Designations

Not having proper beneficiary designations on file can create a difficult situation for plan sponsors, and with the use of automatic enrollment, fewer participants are revealing their beneficiaries.Read more >
Benefits & Administration
Participants Need More Education About Distribution Options
Forty-two percent of those between the ages of 35 and 65 who left a job where they had money in a 401(k) plan were unaware that they could have left the money in the plan, and 28% didn’t know that some retirement distribution choices trigger tax liabilities and penalties, a survey found.Read more >
HSA Bill Could Expand Their Use for Retirement Savings
The bill would permit American workers enrolled in Medicare to open and contribute to a health savings account (HSA), without changing their coverage.Read more >
Products, Deals and People
New Service Helps Participants With Distribution Decisions
Edelman Financial Engine’s Fiduciary Distribution Review “helps ensure that employees don’t squander their chances of achieving retirement security through poor decisions around plan distributions.”Read more >
Defined Benefit Plans May Have New Life
Ask the Experts
Can an Alternate Payee Designate a Beneficiary?
Florida's DeSantis Joins Other GOP Pols in Opposing ‘Woke Capital’
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Market Mirror

Wednesday, the Dow fell 333.75 points (1.23%) to finish at 26,864.27, the NASDAQ closed 98.20 points (1.19%) lower at 8,175.42, and the S&P 500 decreased 32.80 points (1.09%) to 2,980.38. The Russell 2000 was down 10.99 points (0.69%) at 1,574.61, and the Wilshire 5000 lost 320.60 points (1.03%) to finish at 30,684.75.


The price of the 10-year Treasury note increased 26/32, bringing its yield down to 2.010%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond climbed 1 3/32, decreasing its yield to 2.522%.
SEI Investments Agrees to Settle ERISA Self-Dealing Suit
In addition to a $6.8 million payment, defendants in the lawsuit agreed to certain procedures for plan management, including that the plan committee will be trained on Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) fiduciary duties.Read more >
An Investing Strategy to Improve Church and Public DB Plan Funding
Currently church and public defined benefit (DB) plans focus more on returns, and their funded status is lower than for corporate plans, River & Mercantile notes in a report.Read more >
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1774, oxygen was isolated from air successfully by chemist Carl Wilhelm and scientist Joseph Priestly. In 1790, the first U.S. census was completed with a total population of 3,929,214 recorded. The areas included were the present states of Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia. In 1876, Colorado became the 38th state to join the United States. In 1893, shredded wheat was patented by Henry Perky and William Ford. In 1907, the U.S. Army established an aeronautical division that later became the U.S. Air Force. In 1943, in the Solomon Islands, the U.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat PT-109 sank after being hit by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri. The boat was under the command of Lt. John F. Kennedy. Eleven of the thirteen crew survived. In 1944, in Warsaw, Poland, an uprising against Nazi occupation began. The revolt continued until October 2 when Polish forces surrendered. In 1946, the Atomic Energy Commission was established. In 1956, the Social Security Act was amended to provide benefits to disabled workers ages 50 to 64 and disabled adult children. In 1993, Reggie Jackson was admitted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. In 1995, Westinghouse Electric Corporation announced a deal to buy CBS for $5.4 billion.
SURVEY SAYS: There are some who think Social Security will no longer be an option when they retire, some who think it will exist but benefits will be smaller, and even some who think the system will be saved and pay as it does today. This week, I’d like to know, do you think Social Security benefits will be available when you retire? 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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