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July 20th, 2018
Benefits & Administration
Millennials Need Urging to Invest in the Market
Millennials are spooked by the financial crisis, with 65% saying living through that period has made them a more conservative investor. Ryan Bailey, head of the Retail Banking Group, Bank of the West, offers tips for plan sponsors to help educate Millennials about the importance of investing.Read more >
From the Magazine
ERISA Examination: Cyber Risks
Gone are the days when plan records were all maintained on paper. Now, most are kept electronically by the employer, recordkeeper, trustee and/or third-party administrator (TPA). Online access to plan records can help facilitate retrieving and retaining participant information, as well as in generating reports. In the world of smart phones and increased technology, participants expect to have instant electronic access. But electronic recordkeeping also raises cybersecurity concerns.Read more >
Products, Deals and People
Investment Product and Service Launches
Northern Trust Creates Private Equity and Hedge Fund Service Group; Impax Introduces ESG-Focused Fund; OneAmerica to Offer Russell Investments Managed Accounts; and more.Read more >
2022 Plan Sponsor of the Year
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
2022 Best in Class 401(k) Plans
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
Economic Events

In the week ending July 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance was 207,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week’s revised level of 215,000, the Labor Department reported. This is the lowest level for initial claims since December 6, 1969 when it was 202,000. The four-week moving average was 220,500, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week’s revised average of 223,250.

The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate loan is 4.52%, down from 4.53% one week ago, according to Freddie Mac. The average interest rate for a 15-year fixed rate mortgage is 4.00%, down from 4.02%.

Market Mirror

Thursday, the Dow lost 134.79 points (0.53%) to finish at 25,064.50, the NASDAQ was down 29.15 points (0.37%) at 7,825.30, and the S&P 500 closed 11.13 points (0.40%) lower at 2,804.49. The Russell 2000 increased 9.44 points (0.56%) to 1,701.31, and the Wilshire 5000 decreased 112.39 points (0.38%) to 29,326.27.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note increased 10/32, bringing its yield down to 2.836%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond climbed 18/32, decreasing its yield to 2.959%.

Sponsored message from MetLife
MetLife’s Roberta Rafaloff discusses how employees look to their employer to help create retirement income. Read more >
Will Regulation About Association Health Plans Satisfy the Intent?
Commenters about the Department of Labor’s regulation say it could result in state restrictions, ratings that will make costs unequal and may provide no inclusion for all small businesses that could benefit from it.Read more >
Independent Contractors’ ERISA Lawsuit Fails to State Actionable Claim
The dispositive question is not whether the claimants were employees but whether, considering them as employees, they were eligible to participate in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plan according to the specific terms of the plan document.Read more >
SEC Seeks Employer Input on Equity Compensation Arrangements
The SEC recognizes that, “the American economy is rapidly evolving, including through the development of both new compensatory instruments and novel worker relationships, often referred to as the ‘gig economy.’Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1861, the Congress of the Confederate States began holding sessions in Richmond, Virginia. In 1881, Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull, a fugitive since the Battle of the Little Big Horn, surrendered to federal troops. In 1917, the draft lottery in World War I went into operation. In 1942, the first detachment of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, (WACS) began basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. In 1944, an attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler failed. The bomb exploded at Hitler’s Rastenburg headquarters. Hitler was only wounded. In 1944, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. In 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. became the first men to walk on the moon. In 1976, America’s Viking I robot spacecraft made a successful landing on Mars.

And now it’s time for FRIDAY FILES!

This little girl is getting a little ahead of herself with her birthday wish.Read more >
Remember how hard first grade was?Read more >
In Menasha, Wisconsin, a woman riding a bicycle made the unfortunate decision to ignore a barrier and red flashing warning that a lift bridge was cranking into action. The woman and her bike dropped into the gap created by the bridge starting to rise. According to the Associated Press, the woman was taken to a hospital where she was treated for facial injuries.Read more >

In Offenbach, Germany, a catfish is being evicted from a municipal pond. Apparently, after eating all the other fish in the point, the 4.9-foot catfish turned to eating baby ducklings. The city plans to have its unwelcome guest caught alive and taken to a private pond somewhere after officials are satisfied that it can’t escape into flowing water and that its new home is suitable for a catfish, the Associated Pres reports.

In Harrow, London, a woman heard loud noises outside her home and called police to report a possible burglary. Officers responded and found some knocked over items, but concluded that the perpetrator was a “rogue squirrel.”

Hope everyone has a happy weekend!

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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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