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January 29th, 2019

2019 Plan Sponsor of the Year Finalists

PLANSPONSOR is pleased to announce Plan Sponsor of the Year award finalists in the Nonprofit DC < $250MM and Nonprofit DC > $250MM categories.Read more >
Benefits & Administration
DC Plan Sponsors Want Retirees/Terminated Employees to Remain in Their Plans
Alight’s “2019 Top Topics in Retirement and Financial Wellbeing: Building on the Past, Working Toward the Future,” looks at how retirement plans have changed since it first conducted its survey of employers 10 years ago, as well as retirement plan sponsors’ top goals for their plans in 2019. The top three goals for 2019 include expanding financial wellbeing programs, keeping retirees’ assets in the plan and locating missing participants. Sixty-one percent say the threat of lawsuits prevents them from being more innovative with their defined contribution (DC) plan. Notably, more than 60% of employers want to keep retirees in their plan, and they are looking to change their targeted communications to inspire action. Thirty-three percent of employers prefer that terminated employees keep their balances in the plan.Read more >
Products, Deals and People
intellicents adds to Financial Wellness Program
The advisory firm has introduced intellicents university, with courses for employers, employees and retirees.Read more >
New Financial Audit Rule Increases Requirements for Plan Sponsors
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
Participants Missing the Full Match Remains a Big Problem
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What do the M’s stand for in M&Ms?
2021 Participant Survey
Market Mirror

Yesterday, the Dow fell 208.98 points (0.84%) to 24,528.22, the NASDAQ closed 79.18 points (1.11%) higher at 7,085.69, and the S&P 500 decreased 20.91 points (0.78%) to 2,643.85. The Russell 2000 was down 9.32 points (0.63%) at 1,473.54, and the Wilshire 5000 lost 196.02 points (0.71%) to finish at 27,384.22.


The price of the 10-year Treasury note increased 4/32, bringing its yield down to 2.745%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was up 3/32, decreasing its yield to 3.066%.
Nondiscrimination Testing Part II: Test Methods and Corrections
Retirement plan sponsors need to understand what nondiscrimination tests compare and how to correct failed tests.Read more >
DOL Invites Correction for Failure to Timely Remit Contributions
An update from law firm Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. says that based on reviews of Form 5500s, the DOL’s Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) is sending “no action” letters to plan sponsors.Read more >
PBGC Makes Pilot Mediation Program Permanent, Adds Fiduciary Disputes
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has announced its decision to make its Pilot Mediation Program a permanent project, given its early success in helping to resolve pension termination liability collection and Early Warning Program cases. In addition to making the mediation program permanent, PBGC has added fiduciary breach cases to the categories of disputes covered.Read more >
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1802, John Beckley became the first Librarian of Congress. In 1861, Kansas became the 34th state of the Union. In 1886, the first successful petrol-driven motorcar, built by Karl Benz, was patented. In 1936, the first members of major league baseball’s Hall of Fame were named in Cooperstown, New York. In 1949, “The Newport News” was commissioned as the first air-conditioned naval ship in Virginia. In 1963, the first members to the NFL’s Hall of Fame were named in Canton, Ohio. In 1990, Joseph Hazelwood, the former skipper of the Exxon Valdez, went on trial in Anchorage, Alaska, on charges that stemmed from America’s worst oil spill. Hazelwood was later acquitted of all the major charges and was convicted of a misdemeanor. In 1995, the San Francisco 49ers became the first team in National Football League (NFL) history to win five Super Bowl titles. The 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers 49-26.
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What does Yosemite mean?Read more >
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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