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July 5th, 2018
Benefits & Administration
Questions to Ask Health Benefits Brokers to Make Sure the Price Is Right
Just as in retirement plans, in the health benefits market there can be conflicts-of-interests between providers that drive up costs for employers and employees and result in decisions being made that are not in the best interest of participants. Seattle-based Dave Chase, co-founder of Health Rosetta, which promotes reform for the U.S. health care system, says there are three questions employers should be asking their health benefits brokers or advisers.Read more >
Industry Voices
Barry’s Pickings: We Need Standardized Lifetime Income Disclosure, ASAP
Michael Barry, president of October Three (O3) Plan Advisory Services LLC, discusses support for—and some opposition against—providing lifetime income disclosures to DC plan participants.Read more >
Ask the Experts
Direct Rollovers for 403(b) Plans Funded by 403(b)(7) Custodial Accounts
“Is a custodial account 403(b) plan under IRC 403(b)(7) an “eligible retirement plan” for purposes of the direct rollover rules? Would it matter if the custodial 403(b) were the distributing or the receiving plan?”Read more >
New Financial Audit Rule Increases Requirements for Plan Sponsors
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What do the M’s stand for in M&Ms?
Participants Missing the Full Match Remains a Big Problem
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
Economic Events
New orders for manufactured durable goods in May decreased $1.4 billion or 0.6% to $248.8 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced. This decrease, down two consecutive months, followed a 1.0% April decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.3%. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 1.5%. Transportation equipment, also down two consecutive months, led the decrease, down $0.9 billion or 1.0% to $86.1 billion.
Market Mirror

Tuesday, the Dow lost 132.36 points (0.54%) to finish at 24,174.82, the NASDAQ closed 65.01 points (0.86%) lower at 7,502.67, and the S&P 500 decreased 13.49 points (0.49%) to 2,713.22. The Russell 2000 was up 5.33 points (0.32%) at 1,660.42, and the Wilshire 5000 was down 104.97 points (0.37%) at 28,376.98.


The price of the 10-year Treasury note increased 11/32, bringing its yield down to 2.829%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond climbed 23/32, decreasing its yield to 2.957%.
PBGC Sets Disaster Relief on IRS Autopilot
With some exceptions, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) premium payers and data providers can now assume filing relief from the pension insurer in each case that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issues its own disaster-related relief that impacts the filing of Forms 5500.Read more >
From the Magazine
Investment Focus: Managed Accounts
Back in the day when defined contribution (DC) retirement plans were designed to give participants an abundance of fund choices, investment errors of omission and commission were fairly frequent and potentially hazardous to investors’ financial health. Many of those risks have been curtailed in the last dozen years by reducing choices and making target-date funds (TDFs) an investment default—offering plan members portfolios that are thoughtfully allocated and professionally managed for the long term. But for many participants, or for some plans as a whole, the uniformity of a TDF may not be the optimal approach. In such cases, sponsors may turn to managed accounts, designed to fit the goals of an investor’s unique circumstance, says Katie Hockenmaier, a principal at consulting firm Mercer in San Francisco.Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1865, William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London. In 1865, the U.S. Secret Service Division was created to combat currency counterfeiting, forging and the altering of currency and securities. In 1892, Andrew Beard was issued a patent for the rotary engine. In 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act into law. The act authorized labor to organize for the purpose of collective bargaining. In 1946, the bikini bathing suit, created by Louis Reard, made its debut during a fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris. In 1947, Larry Doby signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the American League. In 1950, U.S. forces engaged the North Koreans for the first time at Osan, South Korea. In 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court weakened the 70-year-old “exclusionary rule,” deciding that evidence seized with defective court warrants could be used against defendants in criminal trials.



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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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