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July 24th, 2017
Benefits & Administration
Out of Pocket Health Costs Could Lead Some to Dip into Retirement Savings
Medical bills are hurting the financial wellness of employees, particularly younger workers, a survey from Securian Financial Group finds. According to the survey, 28% of employees with health insurance through work facing an out-of-pocket expense of $5,000 or more would use their personal savings to pay rather than other means. Seven percent would take a loan from their 401(k).Read more >
Products, Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
Northern Trust collaborates with GuideStone Funds; Transamerica names head of Workplace Solutions; USI appoints VP of Retirement Services; and more.Read more >
The Growing Interest in Guaranteed Income Options
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
Emergency Savings Programs Boost Retirement Outcomes
Economic Events
THE ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Today, the National Association of Realtors will report about existing home sales for June. Tomorrow, the Conference Board will release its Consumer Confidence Index for July. Wednesday, the Census Bureau will report about new home sales in June. Thursday, the Labor Department will issue its initial claims report, and the Census Bureau will report about durable goods orders for June.
Market Mirror

Friday, the Dow closed 31.71 points (0.15%) lower at 21,580.07, the NASDAQ was down 2.25 points (0.04%) at 6,387.75, and the S&P 500 lost less than a point (0.04%) to finish at 2,472.54. The Russell 2000 fell 6.52 points (0.45%) to 1,435.83, and the Wilshire 5000 decreased 16.68 points (0.06%) to 25,711.94.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 7/32, decreasing its yield to 2.238%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond increased 14/32, bringing its yield down to 2.807%.

WEEK’S WORTH: For the week ending July 21, the Dow was down 0.27%, the NASDAQ gained 1.19%, and the S&P 500 increased 0.54%. The Russell 2000 was up 0.49%, and the Wilshire 5000 finished 0.56% higher.
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Committee to Pursue Policy Objectives for Multiemployer Plans
The National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans will pursue enactment of legislation for a new composite plan for multiemployer plan sponsors, among other things.Read more >
Guidelines for Keeping HSAs Not Subject to ERISA
While few employers that offer health savings accounts (HSAs) become overly involved in running them and thereby subject the accounts to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), there are Department of Labor (DOL) guidelines that plan sponsors should be aware of to avoid this foible, says Steven Mindy, an attorney in Alston & Bird’s compensation, benefits and ERISA practice in Washington, D.C.Read more >
ESG Means More Than Negative Stock Screens
One Employee Retirement Income Security (ERISA) attorney says he is encouraged by recent environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment product development in the defined contribution (DC) plan space that is “about so much more than screening out stocks.”Read more >
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1847, Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake in present-day Utah. In 1849, Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., presented its first Doctor of Music Degree. It was given to Professor Henry Dielman. In 1866, Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the U.S. Civil War. In 1956, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis ended their comic team a decade after it began on July 25, 1946. In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean. In 1974, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor. In 1987, Hulda Crooks, at 91 years of age, climbed Mt. Fuji. Crooks became the oldest person to climb Japan’s highest peak.
SURVEY SAYS RESPONSES: Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “Do you subscribe to the print edition of your local newspaper, and if you could only read one section, which one would it be?” Seventy-two percent of responding readers subscribe to the print edition of their local newspaper, while 28% do not. Asked if they could only read one section, which would it be, the top answer (49.3%) was local news, followed by comics and puzzles (16.4%) and sports (13.7%). Other choices included “home and leisure” (6.8%); “international news” (5.5%); “finance and business” (4.1%) and “obituaries” (4.1%). In verbatim comments about print news and favorite sections, many readers expressed how they like the feel (and smell, I do that too) and relaxation that a print newspaper offers. Many only subscribe to the Sunday paper, some just for the coupons. One reader pointed out that I left out the Opinion/Politics section in my listing. While quite a few opt for TV or digital news (for the cheaper price and on-the-go access), it is clear from the comments that print news is preferred. Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said: “I just love the feel of newspaper in my hands. I’m the same with books, give me paper not a cold device of some type. Ok I just gave away my age.” Thanks to all who participated in the survey!Read more >
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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