Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
February 8th, 2016
Benefits & Administration
DB Plan Better for Teachers (at least in California)
Not only are California’s educators better off with the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) defined benefit plan, but schools greatly benefit from the reduced workforce turnover, according to recent UC Berkeley study, “Are California Teachers Better Off with a Pension or a 401(k)?”Read more >
Investors saw a market in January that was more volatile than in recent times, and according to analysts, this was a detriment to defined benefit pension plans.Read more >
Products, Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
Fiduciary Investment Advisors and Arnerich Massena add retirement plan consultants; Groom Law Group adds attorneys in health practice; and more.Read more >
What Kind of Payments Can a Hardship Request Cover When Buying a Home?
2022 Recordkeeping Survey
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What do the M’s stand for in M&Ms?
Maximum Benefit and Contribution Limits Table 2023
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
Economic Events

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 151,000 in January, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.9%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Job gains were led by retail trade, food services, health care, and manufacturing. Employment declined in educational services, transportation and warehousing, and mining.

THE ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Tomorrow, the Census Bureau will report about wholesale inventories for December. Thursday, the Labor Department will issue its initial claims report. Friday, the Census Bureau will report about retail sales for January and business inventories for December.
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The American workforce is changing, and millennials are driving the retirement savings conversation. Get the practical solution you need to engage this new generation.Read more >
Market Mirror

U.S. stocks closed sharply lower after a weak jobs report cast doubt on the strength of the U.S. economy, the Associated Press reports. The Dow shed 211.75 points (1.29%) to close at 16,204.83, the NASDAQ fell 146.42 points (3.25%) to 4,363.14, and the S&P 500 closed 35.48 points (1.85%) lower at 1,879.97. The Russell 2000 lost 29.17 points (2.87%) to finish at 985.61, and the Wilshire 5000 plunged 387.83 points (1.98%) to close at 19,164.19.

On the NYSE, 3.1 billion shares traded, with declining issues outnumbering advancing issues more than 3 to 1. On the NASDAQ, 2.6 billion shares changed hands, with a more than 4 to 1 lead for decliners.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note and the price of the 30-year Treasury bond were each up 1/32, decreasing their yields to 1.838% and 2.676%, respectively.

WEEK’S WORTH: For the week ending February 5, the Dow decreased 1.59%, the NASDAQ plunged 5.44%, and the S&P 500 finished 2.91% lower. The Russell 2000 fell 4.81%, and the Wilshire 5000 lost 3.27%.
Verizon Retirees Take PRT Challenge to Supreme Court
After seeing their pension risk transfer lawsuits dismissed in both district and circuit court, tens of thousands of former Verizon employees hope SCOTUS will have more sympathy.Read more >
From the Magazine
Chasing Plan Design Perfection
Not long after behavioral finance was used to explain why retirement plan participants act as they do, people began realizing that one force especially—inertia—was hurting employees. It kept them from joining a retirement plan, from keeping on top of their investments and from revisiting their contribution level. But many plan sponsors are not models of perfect retirement plan behavior either. They might be sluggish about improving or changing their plans and keeping on top of design and administration trends.Read more >
Positive fourth-quarter performance was not enough to pull target-date funds out of negative territory for 2015, according to the Callan Target Date Index.Read more >
Managed Accounts Gaining Favor from Plan Sponsors
Retirement plan sponsors increasingly feel managed accounts are needed to help employees better prepare for retirement, but employee education is needed.Read more >
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1693, a charter was granted for the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. In 1861, the Confederate States of America was formed. In 1910, William D. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America. In 1918, during World War I, “The Stars and Stripes” was published under orders from General John J. Pershing for the United States Army forces in France. It was published from February 8, 1918, to June 13, 1919. In 1922, the White House began using radio after U.S. President Warren Harding had it installed. In 1963, the Kennedy administration prohibited travel to Cuba and made financial and commercial transactions with Cuba illegal for U.S. citizens. In 1963, Lamar Hunt, owner of the American Football League franchise in Dallas, Texas, moved the operation to Kansas City. The new team was named the Chiefs. In 1971, the NASDAQ stock-market index debuted. In 1985, “The Dukes of Hazzard” ended its 6-1/2 year run on CBS television.
SURVEY SAYS RESPONSES: Valentine’s Day is this Sunday. So, last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “When was your first love? The majority of responding readers (52.6%) reported they fell in love for the first time between the ages of 16 and 20, inclusive. This was followed by 28.9% who indicated their first love was between ages 11 and 15. No one reported their first love occurring later than age 30, and interestingly, no one reported never having been in love. In comments, there were a few expressions of distaste for Valentine’s Day. One reader said the survey made his head spin: “Whoa, Nellie! We go from Super Bowl grrr, rah-rah, crash ’em, bash ’em to soft kitty, warm kitty. I can’t transition that fast. Mercy me, my head just exploded!” There were some very warming stories about first loves that ended up being life-long loves, and some readers shared what drew them to their first loves. Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said: “Valentine’s Day is too commercialized. My husband and I have been known to stand in the card aisle, pick out a card and show it to the other person, and call it good! (Without even buying one!)” Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey!Read more >
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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