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PLANSPONSOR NEWSDASH LOGO December 24th, 2020
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Investment Focus
HSA Investment Options
HSA Investment Options
A valuable way to grow savings for health care expenses.
Special Edition
Editor’s Note
Investment trends change, sometimes because of innovative ideas and sometimes because of what the market is doing. PLANSPONSOR magazine keeps you up to date on those trends. This edition of NewsDash offers a roundup of insights from 2020.
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Compliance
DOL Offers Guidance for Locating Missing Participants

2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Administration
The Mechanics of Moving to a PEP
Economic Events
Sales of new single-family houses in November were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 841,000, according to estimates released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 11.0% below the revised October rate of 945,000, but is 20.8% above the November 2019 estimate of 696,000.

New orders for manufactured durable goods in November increased $2.2 billion or 0.9% to $244.2 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced. This increase, up seven consecutive months, followed a 1.8% October increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.4%. Excluding defense, new orders increased 0.7%. Transportation equipment, up six of the last seven months, led the increase, $1.5 billion or 1.9% to $78.8 billion.
Market Mirror
Wednesday, the Dow gained 114.32 points (0.38%) to finish at 30,129.83, the NASDAQ closed 36.80 points (0.29%) lower at 12,771.11, and the S&P 500 was up 2.75 points (0.07%) at 3,690.01. The Russell 2000 climbed 17.22 points (0.87%) to 2,007.10, and the Wilshire 5000 increased 38.05 points (0.10%) to 39,091.06.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 3/32, increasing its yield to 0.950%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 29/32, bringing its yield up to 1.685%.
Deals and People
2021 Plan Sponsor of the Year Nominations Are Open
Nominations may be made by providers, advisers, consultants, actuaries, attorneys, third-party administrators (TPAs), employees and colleagues, or, you can even nominate yourself.
Investment Focus
Seize the Opportunity
Adding ESG investments to the menu involves some analysis.
It Takes Two
Sponsors may offer an income product, but do participants understand and use it?
A Time for Caution
Stable value is a popular conservative option.
Rethinking Fixed Income
What are the options besides bonds?
Everyone Has a Stake
Company stock vs. ESOPs as a DC investment option.
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1814, the Treaty of Peace and Amity between His Britannic Majesty and the United States of America was signed by British and American representatives at Ghent, Belgium, ending the War of 1812. In 1851, a devastating fire at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., destroyed about two-thirds of its 55,000 volumes, including most of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library, sold to the institution in 1815. In 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt appointed Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces as part of Operation Overlord. In 1968, three astronauts, James A. Lovell, William Anders and Frank Borman, reached the moon. They orbited the moon 10 times before coming back to Earth. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush pardoned former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and five others in the Iran-Contra scandal.

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