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June 8th, 2017
Integration Boosts Performance of Financial Wellness Programs
Companies wanting to stay competitive must offer a financial wellness program—especially one well-integrated into the firm’s complete benefits package, says a recent executive survey. And building one may be easier and less costly than a plan sponsor might think.Read more >
ICI Data Reveals No Increase in DC Plan Withdrawals and Loans
Whereas the percent of plan participants with outstanding loans and hardship withdrawals rose for three straight years—2008 through 2011—that number seems to have stabilized since, according to a study by ICI. ICI’s findings, drawn from recordkeeper surveys representing 29 million defined contribution plan accounts, reveal participant contribution and withdrawal activity for 2016.Read more >
The Growing Interest in Guaranteed Income Options
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
Emergency Savings Programs Boost Retirement Outcomes
Products, Deals and People
Nationwide Tool Gathers Workers’ Data to Locate Their Savings Gaps
For the estimated 50% of plan participants yet to estimate their retirement readiness, Nationwide introduced the Retirement Readiness Report. The tool projects income based on a worker’s total anticipated financial resources when he retires and suggests solutions for increasing that amount.Read more >
Ascenus Acquires Cash Balance Leader Kravitz
Service and technology provider Ascensus announced its acquisition of Kravitz Inc. Kravitz, an independently owned retirement administration firm and cash balance plan specialist, is considered a leader in its field, and services roughly 1,400 clients with retirement plans. Dan Kravitz will continue in a senior leadership role.Read more >
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Why, when inflation strikes, does infrastructure soar?Read more >
Market Mirror

Wednesday, the Dow gained 37.46 points (0.18%) to finish at 21,173.69, the NASDAQ closed 22.32 points (0.36%) higher at 6,297.38, and the S&P 500 was up 3.81 points (0.16%) at 2,433.14. The Russell 2000 increased 1.78 (0.13%) to 1,396.67, and the Wilshire 5000 gained 22.73 points (0.09%) to finish at 25,273.16.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 3/32, increasing its yield to 2.186%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 4/32, bringing its yield up to 2.843%.
The Callan DC Index Rose 4.67% in Q1 ’17
The Callan DC Index, which represents 90 large defined contribution plans with $150 billion in assets, rose 4.67% in the first quarter—its largest return since the end of 2013. While, plan balances for the quarter rose 4.74%, the majority of that increase, 4.67%, reflects market performance; only 0.07% is due to contributions.Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1786, in New York City, commercially manufactured ice cream was advertised for the first time. In 1861, Tennessee voted to secede from the Union and joined the Confederacy. In 1869, Ives W. McGaffey received a U.S. patent for the suction vacuum cleaner. In 1947, “Lassie Show” debuted on ABC radio. It was a 15-minute show. In 1961, the Milwaukee Braves set a major league baseball record when four consecutive home runs in the seventh inning. In 1965, U.S. troops in South Vietnam were given orders to begin fighting offensively. In 1986, the Boston Celtics won their 16th NBA championship. In 1991, a victory parade was held in Washington, D.C., to honor veterans of the Persian Gulf War. In 1995, U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O’Grady was rescued by U.S. Marines after surviving alone in Bosnia after his F-16 fighter was shot down on June 2. In 1998, the National Rifle Association elected Charlton Heston to be its president. In 1998, the space shuttle Discovery pulled away from Mir, ending America’s three-year partnership with Russia.


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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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