Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
June 24th, 2019

What to Look for When Monitoring Retirement Plan Advisers

Plan sponsors have a duty to monitor retirement plan advisers, but may be forgetting to request or research certain information. Read more >
Benefits & Administration
Pairing Health, Financial Wellness Benefits Yields Better Results
Providing traditional health and wellness offerings alongside financial wellness programs results in a healthier, more productive workforce, Prudential Financial finds. Read more >
Many Terminated Participants Keeping Retirement Plan Balances Invested
Alight Solutions also found improved savings behaviors in its 2019 Universe Benchmarks report. Read more >
Products, Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
Custodia appoints Brad Campbell to Strategic Advisory Council; CapAcuity new hire to consult on executive benefits; Deschutes appoints president of retirement plan services; and more. Read more >
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Economic Events

Existing-home sales rebounded in May, recording an increase in sales for the first time in two months, according to the National Association of Realtors. Each of the four major U.S. regions saw a growth in sales, with the Northeast experiencing the biggest surge last month. Total existing-home sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, jumped 2.5% from April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.34 million in May. Total sales, however, are down 1.1% from a year ago (5.40 million in May 2018).

 

THE ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Tomorrow, the Conference Board will release its Consumer Confidence Index for June, and the Census Bureau will report about new home sales for May. Wednesday, the Census Bureau will report about durable goods orders for May. Thursday, the Labor Department will issue its initial claims report.

Market Mirror

Friday, the Dow decreased 34.04 points (0.13%) to 26,719.13, the NASDAQ closed 19.63 points (0.24%) lower at 8,031.71, and the S&P 500 was down 3.72 points (0.13%) at 2,950.46. The Russell 2000 fell 13.87 points (0.89%) to 1,549.63, and the Wilshire 5000 lost 72.72 points (0.24%) to finish at 30,321.89.

 

The price of the 10-year Treasury note decreased 25/32, bringing its yield up to 2.063%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond fell 1 23/32, increasing its yield to 2.588%.

 

WEEK’S WORTH: For the week ending June 21, the Dow gained 2.41%, the NASDAQ climbed 3.01%, and the S&P 500 finished 2.20% higher. The Russell 2000 was up 1.78%, and the Wilshire 5000 increased 2.15%.

Investing
Use of Index Funds in 401(k)s Increasing
The use of index funds by plans in the BrightScope Defined Contribution Plan Database increased from 79% of plans and 16.7% of assets in 2006 to 91.3% of plans and 33.2% of assets in 2016. Read more >
Study Suggests Irrational Investing Behavior Across Demographics
In a study by the TIAA Institute asking subjects to make decisions resembling portfolio allocations, researchers found those with more financial education made more rational decisions. Read more >
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HSAs Shine Brightly in the Retirement Savings Universe
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Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1664, New Jersey, named after the Isle of Jersey, was founded. In 1844, Charles Goodyear was granted U.S. patent #3,633 for vulcanized rubber. In 1896, Booker T. Washington became the first African American to receive an honorary MA degree from Howard University. In 1922, the American Professional Football Association took the name of The National Football League. In 1948, the Soviet Union began the Berlin Blockade. In 1971, the National Basketball Association modified its four-year eligibility rule to allow for collegiate hardship cases. In 1982, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that no president could be sued for damages connected with actions taken while serving as President of the United States. In 1986, the Empire State Building was designated a National Historic Landmark. In 1997, the U.S. Air Force released a report titled “The Roswell Report, Case Closed” that dismissed the claims that an alien spacecraft had crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. In 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juries, not judges, must make the decision to give a convicted killer the death penalty.

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