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February 14th, 2017
Benefits & Administration
Case Study Shows Value of Re-Enrollment
One year after a re-enrollment event, most participants remain invested in the default fund, Vanguard found in a case study.Read more >
Did Positive Returns Help Pension Plans in January?
Whether good market returns in January helped pension plans’ funded status depends on who you ask. The estimated aggregate funding level of pension plans sponsored by S&P 1500 companies remained relatively level, Mercer reports. However, according to Wilshire Consulting, the aggregate funded ratio for U.S. corporate pension plans increased by 1.2 percentage points.Read more >
Plan Sponsors Can Help With Retirement Income Strategies
An analysis suggests that participant behavior is affected by plan rules on partial distributions.Read more >
2022 Recordkeeping Survey
IRS Updates Life Expectancy Tables for Retirees
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Which are the most northern, southern, eastern and western U.S. States?
Market Mirror

Yesterday, the Dow climbed 142.79 points (0.705) to 20,412.16, the NASDAQ closed 29.83 points (0.52%) higher at 5,763.96, and the S&P 500 increased 12.15 points (0.52%) to 2,328.25. The Russell 2000 was up 3.53 points (0.25%) at 1,392.37, and the Wilshire 5000 gained 113.42 points (0.47%) to finish at 24,362.33.

On the NYSE, 3.1 billion shares traded, with 3 advancing issues for every 2 declining issues. On the NASDAQ, 3.0 billion shares changed hands, with a 1.3 to 1 ratio of advancers to decliners.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 6/32, increasing its yield to 2.431%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 14/32, bringing its yield up to 3.029%.
From the Magazine
A Complex Role: Committee Members Need Training
Being a plan committee member is not an easy job in today’s world of increasing government audit activity and class action litigation against 401(k) and 403(b) plans. You are being asked to be a “fiduciary” under the law but have likely received little or no training on what to do next.Read more >
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1803, Moses Coates received a patent for the apple parer. In 1849, the first photograph of a U.S. President, while in office, was taken by Matthew Brady in New York City. President James Polk was the subject of the picture. In 1859, Oregon became the 33rd member of the Union. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell filed an application for a patent for the telephone. In 1899, the U.S. Congress approved voting machines for use in federal elections. In 1903, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor was established. In 1912, Arizona was admitted as the 48th U.S. state. In 1920, the League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago. The first president of the organization was Maude Wood Park. In 1929, the “St. Valentine’s Day Mas.sacre” took place in Chicago. Seven gangsters who were rivals of Al Capone were kil.led. In 1946, ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was unveiled. The device, built at the University of Pennsylvania, was the world’s first general purpose electronic computer. In 1980, Walter Cronkite announced his retirement from the “CBS Evening News.” In 2005, the video-sharing website YouTube was activated.
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How did the standard depth of six feet for graves get set?Read more >
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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