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Data and Research
Some Participants Reducing 401(k) Deferrals to Contribute to HSAs
Some Participants Reducing 401(k) Deferrals to Contribute to HSAs
Industry sources have recommended that participants adopt a savings hierarchy for retirement plan and health savings account contributions.
Investment Product and Service Launches
Nationwide launches U.S. equity fund; Fidelity Investments lowers minimum for premium class of index funds; and Versor Investments builds new investor research center.
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EARN Act Clears Senate Finance Committee
Plaintiffs Rebuffed by Appeals Court in Active Management Lawsuit
State Bill Would Require Multiple 403(b) Providers
Economic Events
New orders for manufactured durable goods in December increased $0.4 billion or 0.2% to $245.3 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced. This increase, up eight consecutive months, followed a 1.2% November increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.7%. Excluding defense, new orders increased 0.5%. Machinery, also up eight consecutive months, drove the increase, $0.8 billion or 2.4% to $33.2 billion.

Interest on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.73% for the week ending February 4, unchanged from last week. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.45%. Interest on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.21%, up slightly from last week when it averaged 2.20%. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.97%.

In the week ending January 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance was 779,000, a decrease of 33,000 from the previous week’s revised level of 812,000, the Labor Department reported. The four-week moving average was 848,250, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week’s revised average of 849,500.
Market Mirror
Thursday, the Dow was up 322.26 points (1.08%) at 31,055.86, the NASDAQ gained 167.20 points (1.23%) to finish at 13,777.74, and the S&P 500 increased 41.57 points (1.09%) to 3,871.74. The Russell 2000 climbed 42.72 points (1.98%) to 2,202.42, and the Wilshire 5000 closed 486.39 points (1.19%) higher at 41,214.93.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 1/32, decreasing its yield to 1.133%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was down 1/32, increasing its yield to 1.933%.
Labor Secretary Nominee Walsh Shines in Confirmation Hearing
During the confirmation hearing, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was complimented as being fully qualified for the role of labor secretary by senators on both sides of the aisle.
Data and Research
Health Care Costs Continued to Rise in 2020
With health care costs continuing to rise at a faster pace than the annual rate of inflation, there is concern about how it will affect employees' financial futures.
Plan Sponsors Want Continuing Relationship With Retirees
However, few say they have a way to interact with them.
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1952, in New York City, four signs were installed at 44th Street and Broadway in Times Square that told pedestrians “don’t walk.” In 1953, Walt Disney’s film “Peter Pan” opened at the Roxy Theatre in New York City. In 1972, Bob Douglas became the first black man elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1994, white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of the murder of African American civil rights leader Medgar Evers, more than 30 years after the crime occurred.

And now it’s time for FRIDAY FUN!
That’s one way to deliver a package when it’s icy.

Ever wonder where music artists get new beats for their songs?

In Berlin, scientists say they discovered a sunflower seed-sized subspecies of chameleon that may well be the smallest reptile on Earth. It is so tiny, it can fit on your fingertip. [pic]

In Romania, a brown bear was seen chasing a man who was skiing down a slope at a resort. Skiers in the lift above tried to whistle and shout to distract the bear, but he was focused on the man. The man finally dropped his backpack off his shoulders and the bear went for the bag. The skier was ok.

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