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December 1st, 2017
Benefits & Administration
Best Practices for Health Benefit Cost Savings
Among large employers, those Gallagher identifies as best-in-class use proactive planning to spend less, while best-in-class mid-size employers rein in costs without shifting the burden to employees. Read more >
HDHP Participants Not Being the Consumers They Should Be
While the move to high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) is meant to reduce employer health benefit costs, it also has the goal of helping employees reduce their own health care costs by becoming better consumers of health care. However, research published on The JAMA Network found few individuals enrolled in HDHPs in the United States are engaging in consumer behaviors, and those that are could be realizing more benefits. Read more >
Products, Deals and People
Investment Products and Services Launches
Swerdlin & Company integrates Stadion Storyline; Vanguard offers first U.S. actively managed ETF suite; and AAM enters U.S. ETF market with new dividend funds; and more. Read more >
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Participant Loans: A Fiduciary Storm Brewing?
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What to Know About Financial Audits Filed with Form 5500s
Market Mirror

Thursday, the Dow climbed 331.67 points (1.39%) to 24,272.35, the NASDAQ closed 49.58 points (0.73%) higher at 6,873.97, and the S&P 500 was up 21.51 points (0.82%) at 2,647.58. The Russell 2000 increased by 1.84 points (0.12%) to 1,544.14, and the Wilshire 5000 gained 203.26 points (0.74%) to finish at 27,493.39.

 

The price of the 10-year Treasury note decreased 8/32, bringing its yield up to 2.419%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was down 6/32, increasing its yield to 2.834%.

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Compliance
Investment Committee Quiz Reveals Fiduciary Knowledge Shortfall
The results of a fiduciary primer quiz survey prove once again that institutional investing can be a tricky topic for even the most experienced investment committee members. Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1835, Hans Christian Andersen published his first book of fairy tales. In 1909, the Pennsylvania Trust Company, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, became the first bank in the in the U.S. to offer a Christmas Club account. In 1913, Ford Motor Co. began using a new movable assembly line that ushered in the era of mass production. In 1913, the first drive-in automobile service station opened, in Pittsburgh. In 1943, in Teheran, leaders of the United States, the USSR and the United Kingdom met to reaffirm the previously set goal for early establishment of an international organization to maintain peace and security. In 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama, refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. She was arrested, marking a milestone in the civil rights movement in the U.S. In 1959, 12 countries, including the U.S. and USSR, signed a treaty that set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve which would be free from military activity. In 1965, an airlift of refugees from Cuba to the United States began. In 1969, the U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II. In 1998, Exxon announced that it was buying Mobil for $73.7 billion, creating the largest company in the world to date.

 

 

And now it’s time for FRIDAY FILES!

There’s only one good girl in this house! Read more >
If you have an Alexa or Google Home, be careful who, or what, is listening to your commands. Read more >
It’s not just cats that like riding on Roombas. Read more >
In Sudbury, Massachusetts, police stopped a car with an enormous Christmas tree on the roof. Let’s just say, if the tree covers the whole car, it’s not safe to transport. [pic] Read more >

In Lake County, Florida, a man crashed his truck into an SUV in a busy intersection in his neighborhood—apparently on purpose. “People are always running the stop sign at this intersection and since you guys (law enforcement) don’t do anything about it, I did,” Homer told Lake County sheriff’s deputies after his Sunday smashup, according to Orlando station WFTV. No one was hurt in the accident. The man was charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of reckless driving.

 

In California, a woman attending a performance of California’s North State Symphony orchestra dozed off during a performance of “The Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky. However, the crash of drum woke her up and she let out a loud scream. The Huffington Post reports that most of the audience laughed, and even the orchestra director smiled and snuck a quick look over his shoulder as he conducted the orchestra.

 

In Seattle, Washington, a family found a snake in their toilet. While this is not unheard of, the snake they found was not just any snake. KOMO-TV reports the family called police after a child found the 4-foot ball python in the toilet.

 

In Toronto, Canada, a woman has real issues with Santa Claus. The Huffington Post reports that a cell phone video posted online shows the woman yelling at a mall Santa. She asked, “Do you have a sleigh?” and also proceeded to say, “You’re not magic; you’re not even real! I heard about it when I was a young kid!” Santa avoided engaging with the woman. A mall spokeswoman confirmed to HuffPost that mall security guards spoke to the woman, who then left without incident.

 

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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