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Administration
Strong End to 2020 Puts DB Plan Funded Status Back to Where It Started the Year
Defined benefit plans that use an LDI strategy faced less volatility over the year, and funded status improvements were helped by gains in risk assets.
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Research
2021 Target-Date Fund Survey
Compliance
Rush of Litigation Against Retirement Plans Expected to Continue
Investing
Essential Considerations for DC Plan Investment Lineups
SPONSORED BY: AYCO
Benefit considerations—Furloughs, layoffs and voluntary separation offers
COVID-19’s economic impact has HR teams searching for creative ways to right-size their workforce.
Market Mirror
Yesterday, the Dow was down 89.28 points (0.29%) at 31,008.69, the NASDAQ lost 165.54 points (1.25%) to finish at 13,036.43, and the Wilshire 5000 closed 25.07 points (0.66%) lower at 3,799.61. The Russell 2000 was virtually unchanged at 2,091.01, and the Wilshire 5000 decreased 224.92 points (0.56%) to 40,161.16.

The prices of the 10-year Treasury note and 30-year Treasury bond were each down 2/32, increasing their yields to 1.139% and 1.884%, respectively.
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Plan Design Trends
Join PLANSPONSOR on January 21 for a discussion about trends in plan design that have been growing from year to year; lessons about plan design learned from the pandemic; and plan design considerations for your plan in 2021.
Compliance
District Judge Grants Dismissal of Vail Resorts ERISA Lawsuit
Central to the dismissal is the consideration of several issues of standing.
VALIC Sued Over Surrender Fees Charged to 401(k) Plan
The lawsuit says VALIC engaged in a prohibited transaction, as well as self-dealing, in violation of ERISA when surrender fees were charged during the transfer of assets to a new provider.
Supreme Court Appeal Filed in Wells Fargo Stock-Drop Case
The appeal asks whether an earlier Supreme Court ruling means ESOP fiduciaries are effectively immune from duty-of-prudence liability for the failure to publicly disclose potentially damaging inside information.
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Pacific Life's Newest Podcast: The Wave Strength
Click to listen as Ahmet Kamil discusses The Secure Act and the provisions within this important piece of legislation. Catch the wave today!
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1896, at Davidson College, several students took x-ray photographs. They created the first X-ray photographs to be made in America. In 1904, Henry Ford set a land-speed record of 91.37 mph on the frozen surface of Michigan’s Lake St. Clair. He was driving a four-wheel vehicle, dubbed the “999,” with a wooden chassis but no body or hood. In 1915, Congress established the Rocky Mountain National Park. In 1926, the two-man comedy series “Sam ‘n’ Henry” debuted on Chicago’s WGN radio station. The shows name was later changed to “Amos ‘n’ Andy.” In 1932, Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. In 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not discriminate against law-school applicants because of race. In 1960, Dolph Schayes of the Syracuse Nationals became the first pro basketball player in the NBA to score more than 15,000 points in his career. In 1966, “Batman” debuted on ABC-TV. In 1971, “All In the Family” debuted on CBS-TV. In 1986, space shuttle Columbia blasted off with a crew that included the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz. In 1998, 19 European nations agreed to prohibit human cloning. In 2006, the U.S. Mint began shipping new 5-cent coins to the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks. The coin has an image of Thomas Jefferson taken from an 1800 Rembrandt Peale portrait in which the president is looking forward. Since 1909, when presidents were first depicted on circulating coins, all presidents had been shown in profile.
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