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January 4th, 2017
Benefits & Administration
Corporate Pension Deficits Increased in 2016
The pension funded status of the nation’s largest corporate plan sponsors remained essentially unchanged at the end of 2016 compared with the end of 2015, as lower interest rates, which push up liabilities, negated positive stock market returns, according to an analysis by Willis Towers Watson.Read more >
Industry Voices
Barry’s Pickings Online: A List for the New DOL
Michael Barry, president of the Plan Advisory Services Group, shares his thoughts about what the Trump Employee Benefit Security Administration should undo and do.Read more >
2022 Best in Class DC Providers
2022 Recordkeeping Survey
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
Church ERISA Charges Dismissed, but Fiduciaries Newport, Symetra Still on the Hook
Economic Events
The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced that construction spending during November was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,182.1 billion, 0.9% above the revised October estimate of $1,171.4 billion. The November figure is 4.1% above the November 2015 estimate of $1,135.5 billion. During the first 11 months of this year, construction spending amounted to $1,070.9 billion, 4.4% above the $1,025.5 billion for the same period in 2015.
Market Mirror

Tuesday, the Dow gained 119.16 points (0.60%) to finish at 19,881.76, the NASDAQ closed 45.97 points (0.85%) higher at 5,429.08, and the S&P 500 increased 19.00 points (0.85%) to 2,257.83. The Russell 2000 was up 8.36 points (0.62%) at 1,365.49, and the Wilshire 5000 climbed 188.87 points (0.81%) to 23,614.73.

On the NYSE, 3.1 billion shares traded, with advancing issues outnumbering declining issues more than 3 to 1. On the NASDAQ, 2.9 billion shares changed hands, with a near 2 to 1 lead for advancers.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 1/32, increasing its yield to 2.450%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was up 12/32, decreasing its yield to 3.048%.
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Multiple Recordkeepers at Heart of Excessive Fee Suit
The compliant says having different recordkeepers for a traditional DC plan and a 403(b) plan caused participants to pay too much for services.Read more >
From the Magazine
A New Fiduciary Era
If the fiduciary rule takes effect, sponsors need to understand beforehand how their service providers will handle the requirements. Sponsors may move away from advisers still receiving commissions and utilizing an exemption, says Eric Droblyen, president and CEO of Employee Fiduciary, a third-party administrator (TPA) in Mobile, Alabama.Read more >
Money Market Shifts
The new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules took effect in October, and Jan Jacobson, senior counsel, retirement policy, at the American Benefits Council, says they have led many sponsors to make a change. In the current interest rate environment, with rates inevitably rising at some undetermined future time, many sponsors do not want participants to, potentially, have trouble getting out of a money market fund, Jacobson says. “Most sponsors moved to a government fund because of the perceived risk of gates and fees,” she says.Read more >
Small Talk
Nearly half of Americans 45 years of age or older, 49%, believe “whatever” to be the most annoying word used in conversation, but younger Americans are more tolerant of it, a poll finds. The poll reveals other words Americans find annoying.Read more >

ON THIS DATE: In 1885, Dr. William Grant performed the first successful appendectomy. In 1896, Utah became the 45th U.S. state. In 1936, the first pop music chart based on national sales was published by “Billboard” magazine. In 1951, during the Korean conflict, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul. In 1957, “Collier’s” magazine was published for the last time. The periodical was published for 69 years. In 1965, in his State of the Union address, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed the building of the “Great Society.” In 1974, U.S. President Richard Nixon refused to hand over taped recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee. In 1984, Wayne Gretzky scored eight points (four goals and four assists) for the second time in his National Hockey League (NHL) career. Edmonton’s Oilers defeated the Minnesota North Stars, 12 to 8. The game was the highest-scoring NHL game to date. In 1999, former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as Minnesota’s 37th governor. In 2007, Nancy Pelosi became the first woman Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.


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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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