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The Truth About Plan Lawsuits
The Truth About Plan Lawsuits
Experts weigh in on the confusing, and at times contradictory, litigation landscape, for retirement plan fiduciaries.
Data and Research
Survey Finds Limited Use of Alternative and ESG Investments in DC Plans
Plan sponsors’ view of participants’ investment sophistication and recent regulations could have something to do with it.
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Research
2021 Target-Date Fund Survey
Compliance
The DOL Has Begun Retirement Plan Cybersecurity Audits
Compliance
Rush of Litigation Against Retirement Plans Expected to Continue
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PODCAST: The Power Of
Join Fidelity and our guests as we explore the ideas and actions that give us the power to make better decisions about our work, finances, health care, and lives.
Economic Events
Sales of new single-family houses in December were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 842,000, according to estimates released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 1.6% above the revised November rate of 829,000 and is 15.2% above the December 2019 estimate of 731,000.

Interest on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.73% for the week ending January 28, down from last week when it averaged 2.77%, according to Freddie Mac. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.51%. Interest on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.20%, down from last week when it averaged 2.21%. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.00%.

In the week ending January 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance was 847,000, a decrease of 67,000 from the previous week’s revised level of 914,000, the Labor Department reported. The four-week moving average was 868,000, an increase of 16,250 from the previous week’s revised average of 851,750.
Market Mirror
Thursday, the Dow climbed 300.19 points (0.99%) to 30,603.36, the NASDAQ closed 66.56 points (0.50%) higher at 13,337.16, and the S&P 500 increased 36.61 points (0.98%) to 3,787.38. The Russell 2000 was down 2.09 points (0.10%) at 2,106.61, and the Wilshire 5000 gained 336.86 points (0.85%) to finish at 40,127.05.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 3/32, increasing its yield to 1.053%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 29/32, bringing its yield up to 1.808%.
Compliance
Defending Against Excessive Fee Cases: It’s All About Procedure
It’s crucial for plan sponsors to have and follow a good investment policy statement and to carefully document the reasons for all their decisions.
Products
Investment Product and Service Launches
Broadridge and Third Economy launch ESG advisory service and SimCorp partners with Colmore on new data service.
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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.
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1802, John Beckley became the first Librarian of Congress. In 1843, William McKinley, who would become the 25th American president and the first president to ride in an automobile, was born in Niles, Ohio. In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” was published for the first time in the “New York Evening Mirror.” 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 U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elected its first members in Cooperstown, New York: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson. In 1963, the inaugural class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were announced. It included 11 former players (Red Grange, Don Hutson, Dutch Clark, Bronko Nagurski, Mel Hein, Pete Henry, Cal Hubbard, Sammy Baugh, Johnny McNally, Ernie Nevers and Jim Thorpe), one founder/owner/coach (George Halas), and five owners/executives (Curly Lambeau, Bert Bell, Joe Carr, Tim Mara and George Marshall). In 1979, Deng Xiaoping, deputy premier of China, met President Jimmy Carter, and together they signed historic new accords that reversed decades of U.S. opposition to the People’s Republic of China. 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.

And now it’s time for some FRIDAY FUN!
Garbage truck fail.

An excellent shot with a shopping cart.

A California-based gemologist split open an agate gemstone he recovered in Brazil to find… Cookie Monster! [pic]

In Oklahoma, State Representative Justin Humphrey has introduced a bill that directs the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission to create rules, dates, license and fees establishing a Bigfoot hunting season. “I want to be really clear that we are not going to kill Bigfoot,” Humphrey told The Oklahoman, according to The Huffington Post. “We are going to trap a live Bigfoot. We are not promoting killing Bigfoot. We are promoting hunting Bigfoot, trying to find evidence of Bigfoot.”

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