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Recent TDF Performance Lawsuits Raise Insurer Ire
Microsoft Latest Target of Lawsuits Over TDF Suite
Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
Attention to Retirement Plan Digital Communications Increasingly Important
A paper authored by Shlomo Benartzi, senior academic adviser at the Voya Behavioral Finance Institute for Innovation, promotes the idea of a “digital fiduciary,” and Andrew Way, with Corporate Insight, weighs in on best practices for digital communications.
Economic Events
Interest on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.13% for the week ending June 25, unchanged from last week, according to Freddie Mac. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.73%. Interest on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.59%, up slightly from last week when it averaged 2.58%. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.16%.

New orders for manufactured durable goods in May increased $26.6 billion or 15.8% to $194.4 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced. This increase, up following two consecutive monthly decreases, followed an 18.1% April decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 4.0%. Excluding defense, new orders increased 15.5%. Transportation equipment, also up following two consecutive monthly decreases, led the increase, $20.9 billion or 80.7% to $46.9 billion.

In the week ending June 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance was 1,480,000, a decrease of 60,000 from the previous week’s revised level of 1,540,000, the Labor Department reported. The four-week moving average was 1,620,750, a decrease of 160,750 from the previous week’s revised average of 1,781,500.
Market Mirror
Thursday, the Dow gained 299.66 points (1.18%) to finish at 25,745.60, the NASDAQ closed 107.84 points (1.09%) higher at 10,017.00, and the S&P 500 increased 33.43 points (1.10%) to 3,083.76. The Russell 2000 was up 23.57 points (1.70%) at 1,413.31, and the Wilshire 5000 climbed 348.62 points (1.12%) to 31,454.25.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 1/32, increasing its yield to 0.686%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was up 1/32, decreasing its yield to 1.435%.
DOL Tells Court CalSavers Program Is Pre-empted by ERISA
In a brief filed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the DOL argues that employer actions mandated by the program are sufficient for establishing and maintaining a plan under ERISA.
GASB Finalizes Reporting Rules for 457 Plans
Prior standards presumed that all Section 457 plans were not pension plans and, therefore, were not subject to pension plan reporting requirements.
Investment Product and Service Launches
Calvert launches institute for responsible investing; BNY Mellon and Wilshire Associates create TDF platform; and intellicents to use Morningstar managed account service.
Health Benefits Consultant Introduces Modeling Tools
The COVID-19 Cost Impact Model assesses the impact of the pandemic on health benefit costs, and MedFactor estimates the relative value of plan design changes.
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1819, the bicycle was patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr. In 1945, in the Herbst Theater auditorium in San Francisco, delegates from 50 nations signed the United Nations Charter, establishing the world body as a means of saving “succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” In 1948, U.S. and British pilots began delivering food and supplies by airplane to Berlin after the city was isolated by a Soviet Union blockade. In 1974, in Troy, Ohio, a Marsh supermarket installed the first bar code scanning equipment, made by IBM, and a product with a bar code was scanned for the first time. In 1996, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to admit women or forgo state support. In 2003, Strom Thurmond, who served in the United States Senate for a record 46 years, died. In 2015, same-gender marriage was made legal nationwide with the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision.

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