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PLANSPONSOR NEWSDASH LOGO June 18th, 2020
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Wellness Strategies
Staying­ the Course
Staying­ the Course
Plan before implementing any coronavirus-related distribution provisions.
Administration
Why Now May Be the Right Time for Roth Conversions
With account values down, income tax on amounts converted will be lower, if participants have the money to pay them.
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2020 Defined Benefit Administration Survey
Ask the Experts
Clarification of Loan Repayment Delay Provisions of CARES Act
Compliance
Use of Fidelity Active Management Funds Questioned in Court
Data and Research
Retirement Plan ‘Leakage’ Still a Serious Problem
A study finds there was $48 billion in penalized retirement plan distributions in 2010, and it raises the question of whether returned excess contributions should be thought of as ‘leakage.’
Economic Events
Privately-owned housing starts in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 974,000. This is 4.3% above the revised April estimate of 934,000, but is 23.2% below the May 2019 rate of 1,268,000, the Census Bureau reported. Single-family housing starts in May were at a rate of 675,000; this is 0.1% above the revised April figure of 674,000. The May rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 291,000.
Market Mirror
Wednesday, the Dow closed 170.37 points (0.65%) lower at 26,119.61, the NASDAQ was up 14.67 points (0.15%) at 9,910.53, and the S&P 500 was down 11.25 points (0.36%) at 3,113.49. The Russell 2000 increased 6.92 points (0.49%) to 1,426.53, and the Wilshire 5000 decreased 143.31 points (0.45%) to 31,728.66.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 24/32, decreasing its yield to 0.730%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond increased 27/32, bringing its yield down to 1.524%.
Compliance
DOL Issues SECURE Act RFI on PEPs, Prohibited Transactions
Using affiliates to provide services and proprietary investment products when offering a pooled employer plan (PEP) raises fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues that must be addressed.
Opinions
Offering Benefits to Meet the Needs of a Multi-Generational Workforce
Kim Buckey, with DirectPath, discusses generational preferences in health and voluntary benefits and how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced benefit offerings.
Investing
Retirement Tier Widely Recommended for DC Plans
A retirement tier is a range of products, solutions, tools and services to support participants who are near, entering or in retirement.
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1812, President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain—starting the War of 1812. In 1873, Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the Presidential election. In 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as she completed a flight from Newfoundland to Wales. In 1942, the U.S. Navy commissioned its first black officer, Harvard University medical student Bernard Whitfield Robinson. In 1948, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted its International Declaration of Human Rights. In 1983, Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
SURVEY SAYS: This week, I’d like to know, are your personality traits more like your mom’s or your dad’s? And, what words of wisdom did they share in the past or are they sharing now that helps you get through current events? You may respond to this week’s survey by 6 p.m. Pacific time today.
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