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2019 DC Survey: Plan Benchmarking
Data Sweep: Our latest findings on DC plans—for benchmarking a plan against its peers or just gleaning some new solutions
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2019 DC Best in Class Providers

2019 DC Survey Standouts
Compliance
IRS Announces 2020 Contribution and Benefit Limits
SPONSORED BY: Ayco
Top five benefit trends in 2020
Review the latest trends in benefits across Corporate America.
2019 Recordkeeping Survey
Five hot-button issues plan sponsors need to cover in provider searches.
Economic Events
New orders for manufactured durable goods in November decreased $5.0 billion or 2.0% to $242.6 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced. This decrease, down two of the last three months, followed a 0.2% October increase. Excluding transportation, new orders were virtually unchanged. Excluding defense, new orders increased 0.8%. Transportation equipment, also down two of the last three months, led the decrease, $4.9 billion or 5.9% to $79.2 billion.

Sales of new single‐family houses in November were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 719,000, according to estimates released jointly by the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 1.3% above the revised October rate of 710,000 and is 16.9% above the November 2018 estimate of 615,000.
Market Mirror
Tuesday, the Dow decreased 36.08 points (0.13%) to 28,515.45, the NASDAQ was up 7.24 points (0.08%) at 8,952.88, and the S&P 500 was down less than one point (0.02%) at 3,223.38. The Russell 2000 increased 3.87 points (0.23%) to 1,678.01, and the Wilshire 5000 was up 3.91 points (0.01%) at 32,844.52.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 3/32, decreasing its yield to 1.902%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond increased 6/32, bringing its yield down to 2.333%.
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2019 403(b) Providers
403(b) plans are in many ways the same as traditional corporate 401(k) plans, but they also have many unique challenges. The 403(b) Buyer’s Guide shows the providers who service this market, what they focus on in terms of market segment, and the services they provide to 403(b) plan sponsors.
2019 Defined Benefit Administration Survey
Seeking the Best Outcomes: DB plan sponsors continue to hunt for the ideal partner in a complex market
2019 Participant Survey
Capturing Their Voices: Participants provide valuable insights for plan sponsors
2019 Target-Date Fund Survey
On Target: A preponderance of target-date fund strategies emphasized the need for an evaluation process
2019 NQDC Survey
The NQDC Survey offers a list of providers, ranked by the number of Section 409A and Section 457 plans they serve, as well as by number of experts on staff.
SPONSORED BY: Securian Financial
DC Recordkeeping: The High Cost of Low Fees
Recordkeepers are calling their services more efficient, or streamlined, but that may be a kind way of saying “less service.”
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1620, the Pilgrims landed at New Plymouth, Massachusetts. In 1865, the coffee percolator was patented by James H. Mason. In 1898, Marie and Pierre Curie discovered radium. In 1941, Winston Churchill became the first British prime minister to address a joint meeting of Congress. In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt signed a resolution that set a fixed-date, the fourth Thursday of November, for the Federal Thanksgiving Day holiday. In 1974, comedian Jack Benny died at age 80. In 1982, the Man of the Year in “TIME” magazine was a computer. It was the first time a non-human received the honors. In 1991, the Soviet Union’s parliament formally voted the country out of existence. In 2002, the first cloned human baby was born.
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