Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
February 23rd, 2016
Plan Sponsor of the Year Standouts
Plan Sponsor of the Year Standouts
This year, we introduce a new recognition, the PLANSPONSOR Plan Sponsor of the Year Standout. This recognition is for categories that did not receive enough entries to allow for multiple finalists but included strong plans. In each of two categories—Public DB and Corporate DB—judges selected one plan sponsor that rose above the rest of the entries.Read more >
Benefits & Administration
Most Americans Only Report Modest Savings Progress
Only about half of non-retired persons say they are saving enough for a suitable standard of living in retirement, according to the America Saves Week survey.Read more >
2022 Recordkeeping Survey
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
Defined Benefit Plans May Have New Life
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Which are the most northern, southern, eastern and western U.S. States?
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
Market Mirror

An increase in oil prices led stocks higher, according to the Associated Press. The Dow gained 228.67 points (1.40%) to finish at 16,620.66, the NASDAQ closed 66.18 points (1.47%) higher at 4,570.61, and the S&P 500 increased 27.72 points (1.45%) to 1,945.50. The Russell 2000 was up 11.72 points (1.16%) at 1,021.73, and the Wilshire 5000 climbed 277.56 points (1.42%) to 19,829.85.

On the NYSE, 3.1 billion shares traded, with advancing issues outnumbering declining issues more than 3 to 1. On the NASDAQ, 2.7 billion shares changed hands with a more than 2 to1 lead for advancers.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note decreased 2/32, bringing its yield up to 1.755%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was down 1/32, increasing its yield to 2.609%.
Lawsuit Questions Plan’s Lack of Alternatives to Mutual Funds
The lawsuit filed against Chevron Corporation also accuses the firm of not using its negotiating power to obtain lower investment and recordkeeping fees.Read more >
RJR Handed a New Win in Stock Divestment Decision
A district court agreed that a prudent fiduciary would have made the same decision to remove Nabisco stock from the RJR 401(k) plan.Read more >
From the Magazine
Strategic Insight’s TDF Analysis
Target-date mutual funds climbed to $755 billion by the close of 2015, driven by record-setting annual net cash flows of $67 billion.Read more >
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1813, the first U.S. raw cotton-to-cloth mill was founded in Waltham, Massachusetts. In 1836, in San Antonio, Texas, the siege of the Alamo began. In 1861, Texas became the 7th state to secede from the Union. In 1870, the state of Mississippi was readmitted to the Union. In 1896, the Tootsie Roll was introduced by Leo Hirshfield. In 1904, the U.S. acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million. In 1905, the Rotary Club was founded in Chicago by Attorney Paul Harris and three others. In 1940, Walt Disney’s animated movie “Pinocchio” was released. In 1954, the first mass vaccination of children against polio began in Pittsburgh. In 1968, Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia 76ers) became the first player to score 25,000 career points in the NBA. In 1991, during the Persian Gulf War, ground forces crossed the border of Saudi Arabia into the country of Iraq. Less than four days later, the war ended due to the surrender or withdrawal of Iraqi forces. In 2005, New York City’s medical examiner’s office announced it had exhausted all efforts to identify the remains of the people killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, due to the limits of DNA technology. About 1,600 people had been identified, leaving more than 1,100 unidentified.
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: It seems obvious why Tootsie Rolls are called rolls. But, from where did the name Tootsie come?Read more >
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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