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Worrying About Inflation’s Effect on Your Pension Finances? Don’t.
Worrying About Inflation’s Effect on Your Pension Finances? Don’t.
Experts says they don’t expect a long run of inflation, and it might be making your plan less expensive.
2021 Plan Sponsors of the Year
We are pleased to announce the 2021 Plan Sponsor of the Year winner in the Nonprofit DC category: Howard University.
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2021 Participant Survey
Data and Research
Participants Missing the Full Match Remains a Big Problem
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
Economic Events
Construction spending during April was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,524.2 billion, 0.2% above the revised March estimate of $1,521.0 billion, the Census Bureau reported. The April figure is 9.8% above the April 2020 estimate of $1,387.9 billion. During the first four months of this year, construction spending amounted to $452.3 billion, 5.8% above the $427.3 billion for the same period in 2020.
Market Mirror
Tuesday, the Dow closed 45.86 points (0.13%) higher at 34,575.31, the Nasdaq decreased 12.26 points (0.09%) to 13,736.48, and the S&P 500 was down 2.07 points (0.05%) at 4,202.04. The Russell 2000 gained 25.77 points (1.14%) to finish at 2,294.74, and the Wilshire 5000 increased 49.10 points (0.11%) to 44,015.46.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 3/32, increasing its yield to 1.613%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 27/32, bringing its yield up to 2.290%.
U.S. Attorneys Ask Supreme Court to Take on 403(b) Excessive Fee Case
The Supreme Court’s review could answer the question of what qualifies as a plausible claim for relief in DC plan excessive investment and recordkeeping fee suits.
Lowe’s Files Partial Settlement in ERISA Case
The lawsuit had accused the company of making imprudent investment choices.
Industry Analysis
Determining DC Saving Rates
Auto-enrollment has a greater impact on participant savings than any other variable.
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1865, Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi, signed the surrender terms offered by Union negotiators. In 1924, with Congress’ passage of the Indian Citizenship Act, the government of the United States conferred citizenship on all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the country. In 1935, Babe Ruth retired from his Major League Baseball playing career after 22 seasons, 10 World Series and 714 home runs. In 1966, Surveyor 1, the U.S. space probe, landed on the moon and started sending photographs back to Earth of the Moon’s surface. It was the first soft landing on the Moon. 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.
WEDNESDAY WISDOM: “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”—Franklin D. Roosevelt
Industry Intel Roundup—Featured Webcasts
PLANSPONSOR is pleased to present the next edition of our Industry Intelligence roundup. This week, we are featuring webcasts sponsored by experienced providers in the industry. The content was created to educate, inform and offer ideas for plan sponsors regarding plan design, investing, administration and compliance.
SPONSORED BY: Fidelity Information Services
New Paths to Retirement Growth and Strategies for Success
Under pressure from all sides – from clients to competitors to regulatory bodies and global events – the retirement industry is undergoing significant disruption that will define this decade. Join a panel of industry experts as they provide their perspective on these disruptions and the strategies they have in place to address them, including driving participant engagement, increasing cybersecurity, and leveraging advanced technology to drive efficiency and innovation.
PLANSPONSOR 2021 Plan Progress Series: Communicating to Boost Participant Engagement
Employees’ savings may have gotten off course due to financial impacts of the pandemic and legislation allowing for special retirement plan distributions and higher loan limits. With so many issues affecting health and finances over the past year, perhaps it’s time for a retirement savings reset.
Cybersecurity: Current Topics in Today’s Landscape
How are your retirement plan and your participant accounts protected against cyber threats? Ransomware, malware, phishing, scams and disinformation are just some of the tactics cybercriminals use to pierce the corporate shield protecting your accounts. We’ll look at today’s current corporate threat landscape: cyber fraud trends and themes and current DOL Guidance. Then we’ll peel back the veil and share some examples of how corporations investigate cybercrime, what the process is and how it’s structured, and what corporate investigative units are seeing and talking about now. Join us for a revealing examination.
SPONSORED BY: Natixis Investment Managers
ESG Investing: Fade of Future?
With the growth in assets and demand, the reality is that ESG investing is already mainstream and may well represent the future of investing. In fact, plan participants surveyed said that being able to align their investments with their personal values would encourage them to save more. 61% of retirement plan participants say ESG investments would make them more likely to contribute to their workplace retirement plan.* 83% of Millennials say they want their investments to reflect with personal values.** Join us to hear from a distinguished panel about how ESG investing is here to stay and how it can help participants increase retirement savings. You’ll learn that ESG doesn’t mean sacrificing performance, can meet participant demand, and hear examples of case studies.
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