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Retirement Plan Experts Applaud Raising RMD
Retirement Plan Experts Applaud Raising RMD
They say it will give retirement plan participants a longer window in which to increase their savings, tax deferred.
UpFront
Student Loan Debt by the Numbers
A TIAA-MIT AgeLab study finds student loan debt significantly affects retirement savings longevity planning and family relationships. One-quarter of those not saving for retirement cite student loans as to why. Parents and grandparents who borrow for loved ones are the hardest hit, according to the study. U.S. student loan borrowers owed a collective $1.67 trillion...
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Research
2021 Target-Date Fund Survey
Compliance
Rush of Litigation Against Retirement Plans Expected to Continue
Investing
Essential Considerations for DC Plan Investment Lineups
SPONSORED BY: PIMCO
The Time Has Come to Build the Retirement Tier
It’s time for defined contribution plans to create a retirement tier. Participants want control, flexibility and spending that matches income. Liquid, income-oriented strategies may best meet these preferences.
Economic Events
The Producer Price Index for final demand advanced 0.1% in November, as prices for final demand goods increased 0.4%, and the index for final demand services was unchanged, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. The final demand index increased 0.8% for the 12 months ended in November.

Wednesday, the Census Bureau will report about retail sales for November and business trade for October. Thursday, the Labor Department will release its initial claims report, and the Census Bureau will report about housing starts in November.
Market Mirror
Friday, the Dow was up 47.11 points (0.16%) at 30,046.37, the NASDAQ closed 27.94 points (0.23%) lower at 12,377.87, and the S&P 500 was down 4.64 points (0.13%) at 3,663.46. The Russell 2000 lost 11.01 points (0.57%) to finish at 1,911.70, and the Wilshire 5000 decreased 71.33 points (0.19%) to 38,481.01.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 2/32, decreasing its yield to 0.887%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was unchanged, bringing its yield down to 1.627%.

For the week ending December 11, the Dow was down 0.57%, the NASDAQ finished 0.69% lower, and the S&P 500 lost 0.96%. The Russell 2000 climbed 1.02%, and the Wilshire 5000 decreased 0.57%.
Compliance
DOL Announces Final Proxy Voting Rule
The DOL says it settled upon the final rule after reviewing approximately 300 written comments and 6,700 form letters from a diverse set of stakeholders.
Community Health Systems Settles ERISA Challenge
The proposed settlement is only between the plan sponsor and the plaintiffs, meaning the allegations against Principal are still in play.
Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
NTSA hires executive director; retirement services SVP joins PlanMember; and McGinnis Lochridge brings in Dallas partner.
SPONSORED BY: Edelman Financial Engines
Protect Retirement Income for Your Participants—and Your Bottom Line
How you can help prevent participants from taking plan loans or hardship withdrawals
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1799, George Washington, the American revolutionary leader and first president of the United States, died at his estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia, at the age of 67. In 1819, Alabama joined the Union as the 22nd state. In 1900, Professor Max Planck of Berlin University revealed his revolutionary Quantum Theory. In 1909, workers placed the last of the 3.2 million 10-pound bricks that pave the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 1911, Norwegian Roald Amundsen became the first explorer to reach the South Pole. In 1962, the U.S. space probe Mariner II approached Venus. It transmitted information about the planet’s atmosphere and surface temperature. In 1984, Howard Cosell retired from the NFL’s Monday Night Football. In 1985, Wilma Mankiller became the first woman to lead a major American Indian tribe as she formally took office as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of OKlahoma. In 1988, the first transatlantic underwater fiber-optic cable went into service. In 1999, U.S. and German negotiators agreed to establish a $5.2 billion fund for Nazi-era slave and forced laborers. In 1999, Charles M. Schulz announced he was retiring the “Peanuts” comic strip.
SURVEY SAYS RESPONSES: Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “What is your favorite holiday song?” Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and The First Noel were each selected by 3.8% of respondents. Then there were the top selected favorite songs… Most of the readers who chose to leave comments are still enjoying and stirred by holiday songs, but it is making at least one sad because of the changes caused by the coronavirus. A few shared why their favorite is their favorite. No Editor’s Choice this week. A big thank you to all who participated in the survey!
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