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Plan Sponsors Expected to Bring Changes Benefiting Workers
Plan Sponsors Expected to Bring Changes Benefiting Workers
A higher salary might not be as effective to attract recruits as providing generous benefits, such as larger employer matching contributions in retirement plans, Hub suggests.
Plan Sponsor of the Year Award Nominations Close Soon
Time is running out for you to nominate a plan sponsor to be recognized with our annual Plan Sponsor of the Year awards program. Nominees will be sent an entry form to complete, finalists will be announced at the beginning of March and profiles of finalists will be featured in the April/May PLANSPONSOR print magazine, so deadlines are tight. All entries must be received no later than January 24 at 11:59 p.m.
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Deals and People
Voya Keeps Building Government Markets Team With Rehire
Housing Expenses Drive Spending Volatility in Retirement
Data and Research
Unplanned Financial Challenges Continue to Plague US Workers’ Retirement Savings
Economic Events
In the week ending January 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance was 286,000, an increase of 55,000 from the previous week’s revised level of 231,000, the Labor Department reported. The four-week moving average was 231,000, an increase of 20,000 from the previous week’s revised average of 211,000.

Interest on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.56% for the week ending January 20, up from last week when it averaged 3.45%, according to Freddie Mac. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 2.77%. Interest on a 15-year FRM averaged 2.79%, up from last week when it averaged 2.62%. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.21%.

Existing-home sales declined in December, snapping a streak of three straight months of gains, according to the National Association of Realtors. Each of the four major U.S. regions witnessed sales fall in December from both a month-over-month and a year-over-year basis. Despite the drop, overall sales for 2021 increased 8.5%. Total existing-home sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, dropped 4.6% from November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.18 million in December. From a year-over-year perspective, sales waned 7.1% (6.65 million in December 2020).
Market Mirror
Thursday, the Dow lost 313.26 points (0.89%) to finish at 34,715.39, the Nasdaq closed 186.24 points (1.30%) lower at 14,154.02, and the S&P 500 decreased 50.03 points (1.10%) to 4,482.73. The Russell 2000 was down 38.75 points (1.88%) at 2,024.04, and the Wilshire 5000 fell 530.88 points (1.16%) to 45,142.28.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note increased 27/32, bringing its yield down to 1.813%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond climbed 32/32, decreasing its yield to 2.130%.
Children’s Hospital Corp. Faces Excessive Fee Lawsuit
A new lawsuit alleges that plan sponsors at the health care facility breached their fiduciary duties.
Data and Research
Younger Generations’ Retirement Savings Burdened by Student Loan Debt
An EBRI webinar compared Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials’ asset ownership, retirement plan access and net worth at the same ages to provide a clear total retirement picture.
Record-Low 401(k) Trading Seen in 2021
The Alight Solutions 401(k) Index shows net 401(k) trading activity for 2021 was 0.53% of balances, the lowest annual figure measured since tracking began in 1997.
Investment Product and Service Launches
Vanguard to expand ESG lineup; TIAA offers lifetime income for corporate retirement market; and MSCI partners with institutional digital investments provider.
BrightPlan Unveils New Solutions to HR Challenges
The financial wellness service provider is launching new solutions aimed at helping employers tackle four key HR challenges.
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1910, referred to as the “Ellis Island of the West,” Angel Island in California’s San Francisco Bay opened as America’s major port of entry for Asian immigrants. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter granted an unconditional pardon to hundreds of thousands of men who evaded the draft during the Vietnam War. In 1997, Newt Gingrich was fined as the U.S. House of Representatives voted for first time in history to discipline its leader for ethical misconduct. In 2017, on the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency, hundreds of thousands of people crowded into the U.S. capital for the Women’s March on Washington, a massive protest in the nation’s capital aimed largely at the Trump administration and the threat it represented to reproductive, civil and human rights. In 2020, the first U.S. case of the 2019 novel coronavirus, which causes a disease known as COVID-19, was confirmed in a man from Washington state.

And now it’s time for some FRIDAY FUN!
This is not the correct way to haul a couch.

Will he ever trust grandpa again?

In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, there’s a different meaning for “frozen food.”

In Jefferson City, Missouri, cellphone users received an alert from the state highway patrol that said: “Authorities in Gotham City, Missouri, were searching for a purple and green 1978 Dodge 3700GT.” But, there is no Gotham City in Missouri, and the car it said authorities were looking for describes the Joker’s car in the 1989 “Batman” movie. Soon after the alert was sent, the highway patrol sent another message to disregard the first. According to the Associated Press, the patrol said that during a test of Missouri’s Blue Alert system, an option was incorrectly selected that mistakenly sent the alert statewide.

Have a great weekend, everyone!
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