Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
August 17th, 2018
Benefits & Administration
Do You Have What It Takes to Obtain Fiduciary Insurance?
When assessing whether or not to take on a sponsor as a client, the insurers “have really sharpened their pencils,” says Nancy Ross, a partner and head of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Litigation Practice at Mayer Brown.Read more >
Plan Sponsors Stepping Up Their Auto Enrollment Game
In an analysis of the 22,600 401(k) plans that Fidelity Investments administered as of the end of the second quarter, 33% automatically enrolled new employees into their plans, up from 15% in 2008. The percentage of employers that default participants at a 6% deferral rate or higher more than doubled in the past decade to 19%.Read more >
Participants Report Diverse Communication Preferences
Results of a participant survey conducted by CUNA Mutual show a close tie between in-person training, short topical online videos, and self-guided learning modules as the preferred way to receive education about retirement plans.Read more >
Americans’ Biggest Financial Worry is Retirement Savings
Saving for retirement is Americans’ biggest financial worry, according to a survey by Younger Baby Boomers, those between the ages of 54 and 63, and Gen Xers, those between the ages of 38 and 53, are the most stressed about retirement, with 25% and 22% of these demographic groups, respectively, saying so.Read more >
2021 DC Plan Benchmarking Survey
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
2022 Retirement Industry Trends to Follow
IRS Announces 2022 Retirement Plan Contribution and Benefit Limits
Satisfying Electronic Disclosure Requirements for SPDs to New Hires
Products, Deals and People
Financial Finesse Designs Financial Wellness Education Program
The four-to-five-hour continuing education (CE) course, available to retirement industry professionals on, provides support in planning and incorporating holistic financial wellness benefits.Read more >
New Website for TRA Has Improved Navigation
The Retirement Advantage (TRA) has revamped its website, The new website introduces a range of content and videos, a blog, a library of plan design comparison tools, retirement calculators, administrator user guides, account access and comprehensive retirement plan information.Read more >
Program Allows Participants to Move Matches to Student Loan Debt
With a new service from BenefitEd, workers can move the entire match contribution in their retirement plan over to pay down their student loan debt or just a portion of it.Read more >
Investment Product and Service Launches
US SIF Launches Money Manager-Focused Guide, and Wells Fargo Updates Personalized Solution.Read more >
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Economic Events

Privately-owned housing starts in July were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,168,000, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly announced. This is 0.9% above the revised June estimate of 1,158,000, but is 1.4% below the July 2017 rate of 1,185,000. Single-family housing starts in July were at a rate of 862,000; this is 0.9% above the revised June figure of 854,000. The July rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 303,000.

In the week ending August 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance was 212,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week’s revised level of 214,000, the Labor Department reported. The four-week moving average was 215,500, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week’s revised average of 214,500.

The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 4.53%, down from 4.59% one week ago, according to Freddie Mac. The average interest rate for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage is 4.01%, down from 4.05%.

Market Mirror

Thursday, the Dow climbed 396.32 points (1.58%) to finish at 25,558.73, the NASDAQ was up 32.41 points (0.42%) at 7,806.52, and the S&P 500 increased 22.32 points (0.79%) to 2,840.69. The Russell 2000 gained 15.09 points (0.90%) to finish at 1,685.75, and the Wilshire 5000 closed 240.54 points (0.82%) higher at 29,610.05.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 1/32, increasing its yield to 2.865%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was up 3/32, decreasing its yield to 3.030%.

Plaintiff in NYU 403(b) Plans Lawsuit Asks for Committee Members to Be Removed
In a decision granting victory to New York University, a federal judge noted “deficiencies in the Committee’s processes—including that several members displayed a concerning lack of knowledge relevant to the Committee’s mandate.” She has now been asked to amend the decision to remove committee members.Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1790, the capital city of the U.S. moved to Philadelphia from New York City. In 1863, federal batteries and ships bombarded Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, harbor during the Civil War. In 1896, the Klondike gold rush was set off by George Carmack discovering gold on Rabbit Creek in Alaska. In 1903, Joseph Pulitzer donated a million dollars to Columbia University. This started the Pulitzer Prizes in his name. In 1915, Charles F. Kettering received a patent for the first electric ignition device. In 1961, the Communist East German government completed the construction of the Berlin Wall. In 1977, Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD) reported that in one day the number of orders for flowers to be delivered to Graceland, upon the death of Elvis Pressley, had surpassed the number for any other event in the company’s history. In 1982, the Senate approved an immigration bill that granted permanent resident status to illegal immigrants who had arrived in the United States before 1977. In 1996, Ross Perot was announced to be the Reform Party’s presidential candidate. It was the party’s first-ever candidate. In 1998, NationsBank and BankAmerica merge to create the largest U.S. bank. In 2002, in Santa Rosa, California, the Charles M. Schulz Museum opened to the public.

SURVEY SAYS: Because I made an error in answer choices in one question, I am opening this week’s survey again. Have you ever been demoted at an employer, and if you were demoted now, would you quit your job or stick it out? Apologies to those who already responded, but please take a moment to respond again. You may respond to this survey by 6 p.m. Pacific time today.Read more >
And now it’s time for FRIDAY FILES!
What do you do during a performance when the boy next to you sneezes out a mess?  Read more >
Ants build bridge to attack wasp nest.Read more >
Dog keeps cat in line.Read more >

In Allegany, New York, the Department of Environmental Conservation says officers obtained a warrant to search a home. According to the Associated Press, officers say inside they found three king cobras, six venomous Gila monsters and seven species of turtles kept in enclosures throughout the home. It’s illegal in New York state to own venomous snakes, and officials say the man living at the house faces charges.

In Fayette County, Georgia, police are looking for someone who stole a large amount of ramen noodles—$98,000 worth. According to Fox 5 Atlanta, a large trailer holding the noodles was parked at a Chevron store. As cheap as this item is in stories, it is amazing to think how much was taken to amount to $98,000.

In Strongsville, Ohio, an Arby’s employee called police after a goose fell off the roof of the restaurant. Apparently, the stunned animal was holding up the drive-thru line. However, the bird was gone before police arrived there.

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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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