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February 14th, 2019
Parts of Schwab Self-Dealing ERISA Lawsuit Will Proceed
The U.S. District Court for the Northern district of California has issued a new ruling in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) self-dealing lawsuit filed against Schwab Retirement Plan Services and other Charles Schwab corporate entities. “Plaintiff has pleaded sufficient facts to give rise to an inference of a breach of fiduciary duty,” the new ruling states. The lawsuit claims plan fiduciaries engaged in the imprudent and disloyal exercise of their discretionary fiduciary authority over the plan to include Schwab’s own affiliated investment products as investment options within the plan and sale of their own services to the plan. The court previously denied Schwab’s motion to compel arbitration of the complaint.Read more >
Country Club to Pay $30K to Settle Age Discrimination Lawsuit
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that Llanerch Country Club of Havertown, Pennsylvania, has agreed to pay $30,000 in monetary relief and furnish significant equitable relief to settle an age discrimination lawsuit. The EEOC charged the club with laying off its oldest groundskeeper and telling him the club was “looking to take the staff in a younger direction.”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?
Benefits & Administration
Comparing Not-for-Profit and For-Profit Health Care DC Plan Data
While the 2018 PLANSPONSOR DC Survey shows that, in many ways, not-for-profit health care DC plan sponsors have adopted more “best practices” for their plans than those in the for-profit segment, the for-profit plan sponsors have more confidence in participants achieving retirement income goals.Read more >
Economic Events

In January, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged on a seasonally adjusted (SA) basis; rising 1.6% over the last 12 months, not seasonally adjusted (NSA), the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2% in January, SA; up 2.2% over the year, NSA.


Real average hourly earnings increased 0.2% over the month in January, SA. Average hourly earnings increased 0.1% and CPI-U was unchanged. Real average weekly earnings increased 0.1% over the month.
Market Mirror

Wednesday, the Dow gained 117.51 points (0.46%) to finish at 25,543.27, the NASDAQ was up 5.76 points (0.08%) at 7,420.38, and the S&P 500 increased 8.30 points (0.30%) to 2,753.03. The Russell 2000 was up 4.71 points (0.31%) at 1,542.94, and the Wilshire 5000 closed 86.05 points (0.30%) higher at 28,548.54.


The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 6/32, increasing its yield to 2.706%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 11/32, bringing its yield up to 3.040%.
From the Magazine
Making It Last
Employees need to consider questions about saving and life expectancy. According to the Center for Disease Control, today’s 65-year-olds can expect to live 20 years longer, on average. Seventy-five-year-olds are projected to reach 87. “That’s the retirement challenge, extended longevity, for individuals who are not professional investors and have to ensure that their savings last a lifetime,” says David Ireland, global head of defined contribution (DC) for SSGA in Boston. What role can employers play to help employees with sorting out all of the opportunities and decisions that mitigate longevity risk?Read more >
A Drop Off in Volatility in January Led to Scant 401(k) Trading
With market volatility slowing in January, trading activity among 401(k) investors dropped off, according to the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index. In fact, January 2019 was the slowest start to the year in the more than 20-year history of the index. When participants did trade, they favored fixed income investments.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, Congress approved voting machines for use in federal elections. In 1903, the 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 Massacre” took place in Chicago. Seven gangsters who were rivals of Al Capone were killed. 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 1966, Rick Mount of Lebanon, Indiana, became the first high school, male athlete to be pictured on the cover of “Sports Illustrated”. In 1966, Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers set a National Basketball Association (NBA) record as he reached a career high of 20,884 points after seven seasons. In 1980, Walter Cronkite announced his retirement from the “CBS Evening News.” In 2005, the video-sharing website YouTube was activated.



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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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