Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
December 27th, 2018

Editor’s Note: In this edition of NewsDash, we bring you stories of plan sponsors like you that are making special efforts in their plan and benefit offerings to create the most value for employees.
Plan Sponsor Profiles
Helping Employees Thrive
The philosophy at Movement Mortgage is that employees should thrive. Not just professionally but in four specific areas: family and relationships; health and wellness; community involvement; and personal finance. Aimee Dodson, director for the company’s Thrive program, says, “If these four areas are strong, then we’re getting a more well-rounded, engaged and healthy employee.”Read more >
Bonus Deferral Option
Gartner, a research and advisory firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, is always looking for new initiatives, to help increase participation and deferrals. Currently, two being examined are: an annual re-enrollment project for those not utilizing the full company match or who have opted out of the 401(k) plan, and adding a socially responsible fund to the investment lineup. In January 2016, Gartner adopted a company bonus deferral option whereby associates can vary their deferral percentage between their base salary and their bonuses. Where did the idea come from?Read more >
ESG Diversification
The practice of investing in companies that meet environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria in their operations is slowly growing in popularity. While this is most apparent in the nonprofit space, corporations are beginning to embrace it as well. At designer and apparel retailer EILEEN FISHER, the investment committee for the 401(k) plan wanted to increase the plan’s exposure to ESG fundamentals in its investment lineup.Read more >
Retirement With Dignity
When employees in RiverSpring Health’s defined benefit (DB) plan were no longer accruing new benefits, a robust 403(b) plan was built.Read more >
The Growing Interest in Guaranteed Income Options
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What do the M’s stand for in M&Ms?
Fee Transparency
With an awareness that federal fee disclosure regulations have increased pressure on plan fiduciaries to evaluate fees, a plan sponsor’s plan committee made the decision to strip out all revenue sharing and move toward fixed fees.Read more >
Market Mirror

Wednesday, the Dow surged 1,086.25 points (4.98%) to 22,878.45, the NASDAQ climbed 361.44 points (5.84%) to 6,554.36, and the S&P 500 gained 116.60 points (4.96%) to finish at 2,467.70. The Russell 2000 closed 62.89 points (4.96%) higher at 1,329.81, and the Wilshire 5000 soared 1,215.50 points (5.03%) to 25,366.93.


The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 8/32, increasing its yield to 2.770%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 22/32, bringing its yield up to 3.031%.
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Other Notable Profiles
The 2018 Plan Sponsor of the Year award winner profiles also provide useful examples of plan sponsors’ best efforts.Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1845, Dr. Crawford Williamson Long used anesthesia for childbirth for the first time—during the delivery of his own child in Jefferson, Georgia. In 1945, the World Bank was created with an agreement signed by 28 nations. In 1947, the children’s television program “Howdy Doody,” hosted by Bob Smith, made its debut on NBC. In 1951, in Cincinnati, Ohio, a Crosley automobile, with a steering wheel on the right side, became the first vehicle of its kind to be placed in service for mail delivery. In 2002, Clonaid announced the birth of the first cloned human baby, which had been born the day before.



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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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