Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
July 7th, 2016
Benefits & Administration
One-Third of Retirement Plans Audited in Past Two Years
Regulatory compliance was the third top concern (47%) of retirement plan sponsors surveyed by Willis Towers Watson, even though the survey revealed that nearly one-third (31%) of respondents have had their retirement plans audited by the Internal Revenue Service or Department of Labor. Larger employers reported an even higher audit rate. Roughly half of employers with at least 25,000 employees have faced an audit over the past two years.Read more >
DB Plan Funded Ratios Down in June and Q2
Mercer finds a 3% decline for S&P 1500 companies and Wilshire finds a 1.8% decline for S&P 500 companies for June, while LGIMA finds a 3% quarterly decline for the typical DB plan.Read more >
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2021 Target-Date Fund Survey
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The DOL Has Begun Retirement Plan Cybersecurity Audits
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2020 Recordkeeping Survey
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TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What do the M’s stand for in M&Ms?
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ACA Ruling Signifies Relief for Employers
NAGDCA Supports Auto Enrollment for State DC Plans
A report from the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA) notes that many state and local governments have made significant changes to their defined benefit (DB) plan designs and benefits. Public-sector defined contribution (DC) plans, once considered only supplemental, are now an important part of public employees’ retirement readiness. “It is time for public-sector defined contribution plans to improve their plan design in an effort help public-sector employees achieve retirement readiness,” NAGDCA says in the report.Read more >
Market Mirror

Yesterday, the Dow was up 78.00 points (0.44%) at 17,918.62, the NASDAQ climbed 36.26 points (0.75%) to 4,859.16, and the S&P 500 increased 11.67 points (0.56%) to 2,100.22. The Russell 2000 closed 7.88 points (0.69%) higher at 1,147.33, and the Wilshire 5000 gained 151.01 points (0.70%) to finish at 21,723.58.

On the NYSE, 3.1 billion shares changed hands, and on the NASDAQ, 2.7 billion shares traded, with a 1.7 to 1 ratio of advancing issues to declining issues on both exchanges.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 1/32, decreasing its yield to 1.375%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond increased 9/32, bringing its yield down to 2.144%.
Compliance
Disney Sued Over Investment in Sequoia Fund
A participant in the Disney Savings and Investment Plan has sued plan fiduciaries regarding its offering of The Sequoia Fund as a plan investment option. According to the complaint, in violation of plan investment policies, the fund managers concentrated The Sequoia Fund’s assets in a single stock, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The complaint notes that the plan provides that participants would have at least three investment funds from which to choose and that each investment fund would be diversified.Read more >
From the Magazine
Finding the Links
More than half of employees surveyed said their employer’s retirement plan eases their financial concerns “a great deal,” and those with access to a defined benefit plan have higher levels of job satisfaction.Read more >
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1846, U.S. annexation of California was proclaimed at Monterey after the surrender of a Mexican garrison. In 1930, construction began on Boulder Dam, later Hoover Dam, on the Colorado River. In 1950, the U.N. Security Council authorized military aid for South Korea. In 1981, U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1994, Amazon.com, Inc. was founded in Seattle, Washington under the name “Cadabra.”
SURVEY SAYS:  Not all vacations are taken in the summer, but it is the typical vacation time. This week, I’d like to know, what kinds of places do you like to go on vacation, and what, if any, special vacation have you already taken or plan to take this year. You may respond to this week’s survey by 6 p.m. Pacific time today.Read more >
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