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June 2nd, 2015
Benefits & Administration
Study Finds ‘Secrets’ to Retiring Early
According to Allianz’s survey of 4,500 Americans, more than one in four (26%) of the 3,449 currently employed respondents said they intend to retire before they reach age 65. Among these, 76% are currently married, and 77% are still in their first marriage. Compared with respondents who said they plan never to retire, many looking to retire early reported that they and their significant other share a similar, “practical” approach to money matters.Read more >
Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced a proposal to increase transparency of the state’s pension fund. The International Business Times reports that, under the proposal, Rhode Island will disclose the full range of fees and expenses it pays to investment managers and will fully disclose those managers’ performance. The proposal would not only mandate full disclosure of fees, expenses and fund-level performance, but also liquidity restrictions fund managers place on investors wanting to redeem their funds.Read more >
More Employers Using Holistic Wellness Programs
The Virgin Pulse and Workforce “The Business of Healthy Employees” survey found that, more than ever, employers are taking a more holistic approach with their workplace well-being programs. Seventy-eight percent of employers are expanding beyond physical wellness to include broader well-being areas like financial wellness, mental health, and more (up 6% from last year). Eighty-three percent of executives surveyed say they place improving employee well-being at the top of 2015 priorities.Read more >
Products, Deals & People
MassMutual has appointed Michele Baldasarre as vice president of Institutional Markets to lead relationship management for the firm’s large retirement plan sponsors. Baldasarre’s team will serve corporations, government entities, Taft-Hartley or labor unions, and nonprofit organizations.Read more >
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2022 Recordkeeping Survey
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Maximum Benefit and Contribution Limits Table 2023
Northern Trust Spins Off Alternatives Group
Northern Trust has spun off and formed its alternative investing group into 50 South Capital, a new registered investment adviser and wholly owned subsidiary for the firm. The new name refers to the home address of the parent company—50 South LaSalle Street in Chicago—and is meant to emphasize the “continuing connection to the global network and stability of Northern Trust.” Northern Trust believes 50 South Capital will bring “better platform growth, and investors will benefit from the firm’s greater autonomy in strategy and investment decisions.”Read more >
The Retirement Advantage, Inc. (TRA), a retirement plan solutions provider, has appointed Charlie Pritzl as their new plan administration manager. In addition to his current responsibilities at TRA, Charlie Pritzl, the new plan administration manager, will be managing a team of compliance analyst and quality control professionals by coaching and developing staff members through performance management, goal setting, training and effective employee relations.Read more >
Economic Events
The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced that construction spending during April was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,006.1 billion, 2.2% above the revised March estimate of $984.0 billion. The April figure is 4.8% above the April 2014 estimate of $960.3 billion. During the first four months of this year, construction spending amounted to $288.7 billion, 4.1% above the $277.3 billion for the same period in 2014.
Market Mirror

Yesterday, the Dow was up 29.69 points (0.16%) at 18,040.37, the NASDAQ gained 12.90 points (0.25%) to finish at 5,082.93, and the S&P 500 increased 4.34 points (0.21%) to 2,111.73. The Russell 2000 ticked up 3.08 points (0.25%) to 1,249.62, and the Wilshire 5000 closed 40.64 points (0.18%) higher at 22,300.34.

On the NYSE, 3.2 billion shares traded, with a slight lead for advancing issues. On the NASDAQ, 2.8 billion shares changed hands, with a nearly even split between advancers and decliners.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note slipped 1/32, increasing its yield to 2.184%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 5/32, bringing its yield up to 2.944%.

Plan Sponsors Should Be Aware of Common Errors
Knowing what to avoid and working with advisers and providers can help retirement plan sponsors maintain good plan operations. Inadvertent errors that 401(k) plan sponsors make are “ubiquitous,” says Natascha George, a partner in the ERISA & Executive Compensation Group at Goodwin Procter LLP. “Qualified plans are very complex,” she says. “There are many rules, and they are technical.” In fact, she says, “plan errors are so common that the IRS for the past two decades has developed formal procedures to help plan sponsors correct errors” to avoid being disqualified from tax-exempt status. Service providers can be instrumental in discovering mistakes, says Fred Reish, chair of the Financial Services ERISA practices at Drinker, Biddle & Reath.Read more >
Risk or Date: What’s Your Target?
Nathan Voris, large market practice leader for Morningstar Investment Management in Chicago, says most defined contribution (DC) retirement plan participants choose moderate investments. Similar to the shift from defined benefit (DB) to defined contribution (DC) plans, many in the retirement industry have been moving from target-risk to target-date funds (TDFs). This reflects the trend toward automating participant inertia, but are plan sponsors moving in the right direction?Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1865, in an event that is generally regarded as marking the end of the Civil War, Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi, signed the surrender terms offered by Union negotiators. In 1886, in an intimate ceremony held in the Blue Room of the White House, President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom, the daughter of Cleveland’s late law partner and friend, Oscar Folsom. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizen Act, granting automatic American citizenship to Native Americans born in the United States.  In 1935, Babe Ruth, one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, ended his Major League playing career after 22 seasons, 10 World Series and 714 home runs. In 1954, Senator Joseph McCarthy charged that communists had infiltrated the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the atomic weapons industry. In 1962, Ray Charles’ “I Can’t Stop Loving You” topped the U.S. pop charts.  In 1997, Timothy McVeigh, a former U.S. Army soldier, was convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.


TUESAY TRIVIA and TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Sorry, not this week.

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