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August 20th, 2019
IRS Issues Guidance About Uncashed Retirement Plan Distributions
A Revenue Ruling addresses whether an individual’s failure to cash a distribution check received alters the employer’s obligations with respect to withholdings and reporting under the Internal Revenue Code.Read more >
Government Prosecutors Weigh In on Supreme Court IBM Case
Courts should “recognize that Congress and the SEC have already made a judgment about when a public disclosure would do more harm than good, and prudent fiduciaries should generally not second-guess that judgment,” an amicus curiae brief states.Read more >
EARN Act Clears Senate Finance Committee
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
Plaintiffs Rebuffed by Appeals Court in Active Management Lawsuit
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
Legislator Introduces Another Auto-IRA Bill
As with legislation introduced previously, employers without retirement plans would be required to automatically enroll employees into an IRA at a 3% default deferral rate.Read more >
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Market Mirror

Yesterday, the Dow gained 249.78 points (0.96%) to finish at 26,135.79, the NASDAQ closed 106.82 points (1.35%) higher at 8,002.81, and the S&P 500 increased 34.97 points (1.21%) to 2,923.65. The Russell 2000 was up 15.21 points (1.02%) at 1,508.85, and the Wilshire 5000 climbed 341.11 points (1.15%) to 29,939.04.


The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 4/32, increasing its yield to 1.607%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 1 1/32, bringing its yield up to 2.086%.
Benefits & Administration
Reports Conflict About Whether Self-Funding Health Benefits Is Increasing
A report suggests the move to self-fund health benefits, especially among small employers, is reversing, but other data doesn’t, and sources say self-funding can still be a good choice.Read more >
From the Magazine
NQDC Investment Menus
According to Jana Steele, senior vice president and defined contribution consultant in Callan’s fund sponsor consulting group, in San Francisco, given the fact that nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plans are generally not formally funded, any investment returns generated by participants’ deferred compensation are “notional.” Such returns are tracked by recordkeepers in theoretical accounts, which are used to define an aggregate liability on the employer’s balance sheet. As a result of this system, Steele says, the selection and operation of the investment menu is a key driver of complexity and liability in managing NQDC plans.Read more >
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Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1619, “20 and odd” Angolans, kidnapped by the Portuguese, arrive in the British colony of Virginia and are then bought by English colonists, marking the beginning of two and a half centuries of slavery in North America. In 1741, Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered Alaska. In 1833, future President Benjamin Harrison is born in North Bend, Ohio. In 1866, it was formally declared by President Andrew Johnson that the American Civil War was over. The fighting had stopped months earlier. In 1939, the National Bowling Association was founded in Detroit, Michigan. It was the first bowling association in the U.S. for African-Americans. In 1964, a $1 billion anti-poverty measure was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What true whaling disaster inspired the book “Moby-Dick?”Read more >
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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