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Benefits
Evolving Your Financial Wellness Program in 2020
Evolving Your Financial Wellness Program in 2020
By including the right elements in a financial wellness program, employers can help employees squirrel away more emergency and retirement savings.
Administration
A Background on Retirement Plan Cyber Crimes and How to Mitigate Them
Plan sponsors need to understand how vulnerable retirement plan and participant data is to cyberattacks, and know what they, providers and participants can do to mitigate the risk.
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Compliance
CARES Act Passes Congress, Including Retirement Plan Relief
Compliance
Retirement Plan Provisions Included in Senate’s Stimulus Package
Administration
Plan Sponsors Facing Difficult Decisions During Coronavirus Pandemic
Benefits
Employer Health Benefits Saved by the Spending Bill
The Cadillac Tax, which many said would limit health care choice and cause greater cost-shifting to employees, was repealed.
Economic Events
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index decreased marginally in December, following a slight increase in November. The Index now stands at 126.5 (1985=100), down from 126.8 (an upward revision) in November. The Present Situation Index—based on consumers’ assessment of current business and labor market conditions—increased from 166.6 to 170.0. The Expectations Index—based on consumers’ short-term outlook for income, business and labor market conditions—decreased from 100.3 in November to 97.4 in December.
Market Mirror
Tuesday, the Dow gained 76.30 points (0.27%) to finish at 28,538.44, the NASDAQ closed 26.61 points (0.30%) higher at 8,972.60, and the S&P 500 increased 9.49 points (0.29%) to 3,230.78. The Russell 2000 was up 4.32 points (0.26%) at 1,668.47, and the Wilshire 5000 gained 97.98 points (0.30%) to finish at 32,886.74.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 3/32, increasing its yield to 1.920%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond fell 1 3/32, bringing its yield up to 2.391%.
Compliance
ERISA Lawsuits and Decisions that Defined 2019
The year delivered major settlements and decisions in retirement-plan focused lawsuits, including some precedent-setting appellate and Supreme Court rulings.
Past Practices Cited in ERISA Lawsuit Against Plan Sponsors
Although the complaint notes that the defendants acted to replace higher-cost share classes with lower-cost ones in 2019, it says that action did nothing to repair participants’ accounts for past practices.
M&T Bank to Pay Nearly $21 Million to Settle Self-Dealing Suit
In addition, the bank has agreed to an independent review of funds in its 401(k) plan and to issue a request for information to multiple potential recordkeepers.
Investing
As Another Decade Opens, Appetite for ESG Remains Strong
The appetite for environmental, social and governance investing cuts across generations and genders.
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1788, Georgia became the 4th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In 1882, the Standard Oil Trust agreement was completed and dated. The document transferred the stock and property of more than 40 companies into the control of nine trustees lead by John D. Rockefeller. This was the first example of what became known as a holding company. In 1890, Alice Sanger became the first female White House staffer. In 1892, Ellis Island opened as America’s first federal immigration center. Annie Moore, at age 15, became the first person to pass through. In 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. In 1965, “Broadway” Joe Namath signed the richest rookie contract ($400,000) in the history of pro football. In 1983, the musical “Annie” closed on Broadway at the Uris Theatre after 2,377 performances.
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