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Saxon Angle
Cybersecurity Risks Increase
Cybersecurity Risks Increase
Providers introduce guarantees.
Inside Angle
Infrastructure Fees
Three lawsuits will impact the industry.
Most Read
New Retirement Bill Amending ERISA Introduced in Congress
Pensions Will Recoup Losses From Allianz Structured Alpha Investments
Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
Inside Angle
The Bundled Arrangement
Has groupthink distorted this marketplace?
Final Multiple Employer Plan Regs at Last
Which employers may sponsor MEPs?
The Right To Arbitrate
The class action landscape has changed with Dorman.
Economic Events
THE ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Tomorrow, the Conference Board will release its Consumer Confidence Index for December. Thursday, the Labor Department will issue its initial claims report, and Friday, the Census Bureau will report about construction spending for November.
Market Mirror
Friday, the Dow was up 23.87 points (0.08%) at 28,645.26, the NASDAQ decreased 15.77 points (0.17%) to 9,006.62, and the S&P 500 was virtually unchanged at 3,240.02. The Russell 2000 lost 8.64 points (0.51%) to finish at 1,669.03, and the Wilshire 5000 was down 29.79 points (0.09%) at 32,976.88.

The prices of the 10-year Treasury note and 30-year Treasury bond were each up 2/32, decreasing their yields to 1.878% and 2.318%, respectively.

WEEK’S WORTH: For the week ending December 27, the Dow finished 0.67% higher, the NASDAQ gained 0.91%, and the S&P 500 increased 0.58%. The Russell 2000 was down 0.17%, and the Wilshire 5000 was up 0.50%.
ERISA Examination
Prohibited Transactions
A Rolex watch vs. a phone charger.
Don’t Forget ­Welfare Plans
Those, too, are subject to ERISA.
Recordkeeper Add-Ons
Fiduciaries could ‘pay’ for these services.
‘Compensation’ as a Plan Term
What sponsors include, or exclude, can lead to big problems.
Last Meeting Of the Year
Time to create an annual work plan.
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1853, James Gadsden, the U.S. minister to Mexico, and General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the president of Mexico, signed the Gadsden Purchase in Mexico City. The treaty settled the dispute over the location of the Mexican border west of El Paso, Texas, and established the final boundaries of the southern United States. In 1922, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was formed. In 1924, Edwin Hubble announced the existence of other galactic systems. In 1936, the United Auto Workers union staged its first sit-down strike, at the Fisher Body Plant in Flint, Michigan. In 1940, California’s first freeway was officially opened. It was the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena. In 1953, the first color TV sets went on sale for about $1,175. In 1961, Jack Nicklaus lost his first attempt at pro golf to Gary Player in an exhibition match in Miami. In 1976, the Smothers Brothers, Tom and Dick, played their last show at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas and retired as a team from show business. In 1980, “The Wonderful World of Disney” was cancelled by NBC after more than 25 years on the TV. It was the longest-running series in prime-time television history. In 1993, Israel and the Vatican established diplomatic relations.
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