Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
June 3rd, 2015
Benefits & Administration
Few Have Retirement Distribution Plans
The retirement plan industry needs to switch gears to get participants to start thinking about the decumulation phase of retirement savings, according to Pentegra Retirement Services. Pentegra bases this conclusion on a survey that found 56% of retirement plan participants have not come up with a plan for how to make their money last throughout retirement, and 20% have given this no thought at all.Read more >
PSNC 2015: What Success Looks Like
At the 10th annual PLANSPONSOR National Conference, it is clear that sponsors and their plans have come a long way in the past few years. Maintaining a well-functioning plan is one thing, but there are no guidelines for engaging participants—or capitalizing on their negligence. Recent PLANSPONSOR Plan Sponsors of the Year came together to share what worked for them, and what they’re working on now.Read more >
The funded status of the typical U.S. corporate pension plan continued its rise, increasing 1.5 percentage points in May to 91.6%, says the BNY Mellon Investment Strategy and Solutions Group (ISSG), on top of April’s 2.9% growth. Public plans, foundations and endowments, however, missed their targets for the month as flat markets failed to raise the value of their assets.Read more >
PSNC 2015: Re-Visioning Retirement
Age Wave Co-Founder Maddy Dychtwald invites retirement plan sponsors to act as guides and leaders for the new retirement landscape. “We are in the middle of seeing some major transformations take place in retirement,” said Dychtwald, speaking at the 10th annual PLANSPONSOR National Conference. “Throughout most of history, people didn’t age—they died.” Today, she said, there are two dynamic forces shaping retirement: Longevity and demography.Read more >
Retirement Plan Fees Mystifying to Many
An estimated $35 billion in fees is being paid by about 42 million people, according to the National Association of Retirement Plan Participants (NARPP)—but they may have no idea they pay anything at all. The association has released new findings on what retirement plan participants know—and don’t know—about those hidden costs of saving for retirement.Read more >
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Ask the Experts
Ask the Experts – What Is a 1035 Exchange?
“I received a form from a participant in our 403(b) plan requesting a “1035 exchange”. What in the world is a 1035 exchange?”Read more >
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Products, Deals & People
Transamerica Retirement Solutions and Merrill Lynch have combined forces to create a new work place retirement plan program for not-for-profit organizations. Through the program, 403(b) plan sponsors and their employees will have access to increased Transamerica plan administration services, along with mutual funds offered through Merrill Lynch’s investment platform.Read more >
Economic Events
New orders for manufactured goods in April, down eight of the last nine months, decreased $1.8 billion or 0.4% to $476.7 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. This followed a 2.2% March increase. Shipments, following two consecutive monthly increases, were virtually unchanged at $482.4 billion. This followed a 0.5% March increase. Unfilled orders, down four of the last five months, decreased $1.1 billion or 0.1% to $1,202.4 billion. This followed a 0.1% March increase. Inventories, up two of the last three months, increased $0.6 billion or 0.1% to $649.0 billion. This followed a 0.1% March decrease.
Market Mirror

Tuesday, the Dow lost 28.43 points (0.16%) to finish at 18,011.94, the NASDAQ closed 6.40 points (0.13%) lower at 5,076.52, and the S&P 500 was down 2.13 points (0.10%) at 2,109.60. The Russell 2000 was up 2.18 points (0.17%) at 1,251.80, and the Wilshire 5000 slipped 7.62 points (0.03%) to 22,292.72.

On the NYSE, 3.2 billion shares changed hands, with 1.2 advancing issues for every declining issue. On the NASDAQ, 2.8 billion shares traded, with a 1.4 to 1 ratio of advancers to decliners.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 1/32, decreasing its yield to 2.263%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond slipped 2/32, increasing its yield to 3.019%.

Compliance
PSNC 2015: The Regulatory Environment
Forty-four percent of attendees at the PLANSPONSOR National Conference in Chicago said they are somewhat challenged to keep their retirement plans compliant in a shifting regulatory landscape, and it is getting more difficult. Indeed, rulemakers, lawmakers and the courts have been very busy in the past year or so. Marcia Wagner, the president and founder of Wagner Law Group, noted there is great change on the regulatory front, with a new proposal regarding the definition of fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), rules for using qualified longevity annuities in retirement plans and rules for using annuities in target-date fund (TDF) offerings. “Lifetime income is the direction the Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are moving in,” she told conference attendees.Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1539, Hernando De Soto claimed Florida for Spain. In 1621, the Dutch West India Company received a charter for New Netherlands (now known as New York). In 1800, President John Adams became the first acting president to take up residence in Washington, D.C. However, the White House, or President’s Mansion or President’s House as it was called then, was not yet finished, so Adams moved into temporary digs at Tunnicliffe’s City Hotel near the also half-finished Capitol building. In 1916, United States President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the National Defense Act, which expanded the size and scope of the National Guard and guaranteed its status as the nation’s permanent reserve force. In 1959, the first class graduated from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. In 1965, Edward White became the first American astronaut to do a “space walk” when he left the Gemini 4 capsule.                            

 

WEDNESDAY WISDOM: “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”—Yogi Berra, former Major League Baseball catcher

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