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Administration
The Mechanics of Moving to a PEP
The Mechanics of Moving to a PEP
With a lack of regulatory guidance, plan sponsors can rely on certain existing rules to know the steps to take if they decide to move from a single-employer plan to a pooled employer plan.
Deals and People
Last Day for 2021 Plan Sponsor of the Year Nominations!
Nominations may be made by providers, advisers, consultants, actuaries, attorneys, third-party administrators (TPAs), employees and colleagues, or, you can even nominate yourself.
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Compliance
New Financial Audit Rule Increases Requirements for Plan Sponsors
Research
2021 Recordkeeping Survey

2021 Plan Sponsor of the Year
SPONSORED BY: Capital Group
Q&A: An Analyst’s Eye View of the Risks Ahead for Plan Sponsors
Dane Mott, an accounting analyst at Capital Group, recently sat down with Gary Veerman, head of LDI Solutions at Capital Group.
Market Mirror
Tuesday, the Dow increased 60.00 points (0.19%) to 31,068.69, the NASDAQ closed 36.00 points (0.28%) higher at 13,072.43, and the S&P 500 was up 1.58 points (0.04%) at 3,801.19. The Russell 2000 climbed 36.95 points (1.77%) to 2,127.96, and the Wilshire 5000 gained 143.82 points (0.36%) to finish at 40,304.91.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 1/32, decreasing its yield to 1.135%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was unchanged, with its yield down to 1.883%.
Compliance
Settlements Reached in Lawsuit Over Sequoia Fund Investment
DST Systems and Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb have agreed to settle a lawsuit regarding investments in the DST Systems Inc. profit sharing and 401(k) plans.
Ask the Experts
Terminate a Plan or Merge Plans When Organizations Merge?
“I work for a 501(c)(3) private tax-exempt entity that is being merged into a larger 501(c)(3) private tax-exempt entity. Both organizations maintain ERISA 403(b) plans. Does it make more sense to merge the plans, or to simply terminate our existing 403(b) plan?”
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1794, President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union. In 1942, Henry Ford patented the plastic automobile referred to as the “Soybean Car.” The car was 30% lighter than the average car. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the first African American cabinet member, making Robert C. Weaver head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In 1990, Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the nation’s first African American governor. In 1997, Debbie Reynolds received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1999, National Basketball Association (NBA) superstar Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls announced his retirement from professional basketball, for the second time, in front of a crowd at Chicago’s United Center.
WEDNESDAY WISDOM: “Conflict cannot survive without your participation.”—Wayne Dyer, author and motivational speaker
Industry Intel Roundup—Thought Leadership
PLANSPONSOR is pleased to present the next edition of our Industry Intelligence roundup. This week, we are featuring content from thought leadership authorities. The content was created to educate, inform and offer ideas for plan sponsors regarding plan design, investing, administration and compliance.
SPONSORED BY: Capital Group
Inflation: What can plan sponsors expect?
The Federal Reserve’s (Fed) new policy framework tolerates higher inflation to create a stronger, more inclusive economic foundation. While a post-pandemic spike may be temporary, many are concerned that continued inflation could become a longer-term problem, reaching higher levels than we’ve experienced in recent decades.
SPONSORED BY: MFS®
What Goes Into an ESG Rating? Deciphering the Differences in Third-Party ESG Ratings.
With the proliferation of ESG-themed funds, the number of third-party ESG ratings providers has grown, too. Yet lack of standardization for methodology can lead to a wide range of scores for the same company. Explore the basic methodology and what the differences could mean to investors.
SPONSORED BY: PIMCO
What the Pandemic Taught Us About Target Date Funds
Target date funds should be designed to reduce the risk of rash selling.
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