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June 17th, 2016
Benefits & Administration
PSNC 2016: CEO Roundtable
The second day of the PLANSPONSOR National Conference in Washington, D.C., kicked off with a panel of long-time retirement industry thought leaders, asked to describe the main challenges that face retirement plan sponsors and the defined contribution (DC) plan industry more broadly. Brock Johnson, president of retirement solutions for Morningstar; Anne Ackerley, head of U.S. and Canada defined contribution business for BlackRock; and Peter Gordon, CEO of John Hancock Retirement Plan Services all agreed that right now is among the most exciting and fast-moving times they have seen for the DC world.Read more >
PSNC 2016: Best Practices in Participant Communication
Participant education and communication must be part of a plan sponsor’s culture to get participants engaged with the retirement plan.Read more >
EBSA Head Lisa Gomez Says DOL Continues Honing Retirement Security Rule
Data and Research
Early Withdrawals Found to Exacerbate 401(k) Account Disparities Across Race, Gender
Final Fiduciary Rule Expected Soon
Much of Social Security Benefits Goes to Health Care Costs
Unexpected health care costs and other life events have 23% of retirees—those retired 10 years or less—wishing they had waited before collecting Social Security, according to a survey by the Nationwide Retirement Institute. Thirty-seven percent of retirees say health problems keep them from living the retirement they expected, and 80% of recent retirees say health problems occurred earlier than they had expected. Twenty-three percent of future retirees either guess or do not know how much their benefit will be.Read more >
PSNC 2016: The 30,000-Foot View
Two industry leaders take the big-picture view of employer-sponsored benefit programs, participant trends, and what will likely stay or change in the short- and long-term.Read more >
Economic Events

In the week ending June 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance was 277,000, an increase of 13,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 264,000, the Labor Department reported. The four-week moving average was 269,250, a decrease of 250 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 269,500.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2% in May after rising 0.4% in April, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced. The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2% in May, the same increase as in April.

The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 3.54%, down from 3.60% one week ago, according to Freddie Mac. The average interest rate for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.81%, down from 2.87%.
Market Mirror

The Dow gained 92.93 points (0.53%) to finish at 17,733.10, the NASDAQ increased 9.98 points (0.21%) to 4,844.92, and the S&P 500 was up 6.49 points (0.31%) at 2,077.99. The Russell 2000 decreased by 1.11 (0.10%) to 1,148.19, and the Wilshire 5000 closed 44.87 points (0.21%) higher at 21,490.81.

On the NYSE, 3.1 billion shares changed hands, and on the NASDAQ, 2.7 billion shares traded, with a slight lead for decliners on both exchanges.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note decreased 3/32, bringing its yield up to 1.589%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was down 2/32, increasing its yield to 2.401%.
From the Magazine
Just out of Reish: Allocation Differences
How recaptured revenue-sharing funds can be used.Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1579, Sir Francis Drake claimed San Francisco Bay for England. In 1856, the Republican Party opened its first national convention in Philadelphia. In 1879, Thomas Edison received an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the trustees of Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere. In 1942, “Yank,” a weekly magazine for the U.S. armed services, began publication. The term “G.I. Joe” was first used in a comic strip by Dave Breger. In 1950, Dr. Richard H. Lawler performed the first kidney transplant in a 45-minute operation in Chicago. In 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court banned the required reading of the Lord’s prayer and Bible in public schools.

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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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