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March 24th, 2016
Benefits & Administration
Small Employer Health Tax Credit Not Working
A GAO report says claims of the small employer health tax credit have continued to be lower than thought eligible, limiting the effect of the credit on expanding health insurance coverage through small employers.Read more >
Active Funds Can Outperform Passive Funds
“Industry-wide averages can be misleading, and may be doing investors a disservice by giving them the perception that all active funds cannot outperform passive funds, which is simply not true,” says Timothy Cohen at Fidelity.Read more >
Maximum Benefit and Contribution Limits Table 2023
2022 Recordkeeping Survey
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What do the M’s stand for in M&Ms?
Economic Events
Sales of new single-family houses in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 512,000, according to estimates released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 2% above the revised January rate of 502,000, but is 6.1% below the February 2015 estimate of 545,000.
Market Mirror

Major U.S. stock indices closed lower, led by declines in energy and mining companies as prices for oil, metals and other commodities weakened, the Associated Press reports. The Dow was down 79.98 points (0.45%) at 17,502.59, the NASDAQ lost 52.80 points (1.10%) to finish at 4,768.86, and the S&P 500 decreased 13.09 points (0.64%) to 2,036.71. The Russell 2000 fell 21.64 points (1.97%) to 1,075.69, and the Wilshire 5000 closed 163.68 points (0.78%) lower at 20,821.31.

On the NYSE, 3.1 billion shares changed hands, with declining issues outnumbering advancing issues nearly 3 to 1. On the NASDAQ, 2.7 billion shares traded, with a near 4 to 1 lead for decliners.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note increased 19/32, bringing its yield down to 1.879%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond climbed 1 10/32, decreasing its yield to 2.658%.
Sponsored message from Vanguard
Risk Tolerance: From the mind of the TDF investor
Edward Dinucci, William Lee Norton, Michael Pan, and John Croke This paper presents key findings from Vanguard’s target-date fund investor survey. The analysis focuses on investor’s risk tolerance.Read more >
Defunct Company Plan Owes Nearly $1M to Participants
The company ceased all business operations in 2009, but failed to take the appropriate steps to terminate its 401(k) plan.Read more >
Actuarial Equivalence Key in Benefits Calculation Case
A federal appellate court found that the benefit offset used by a defined benefit plan administrator was correct.Read more >
Lehman Again Granted Victory in Stock Drop Suit
Reviewing the case in light of new pleading standards set by the Supreme Court decision in Fifth Third v. Dudenhoeffer, a court again found participants in a Lehman Brothers retirement plan did not prove a fiduciary breach.Read more >
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1664, a charter to colonize Rhode Island was granted to Roger Williams in London. In 1765, Britain passed the Quartering Act that required the American colonies to house 10,000 British troops in public and private buildings. In 1868, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company was formed. In 1900, in New Jersey, the Carnegie Steel Corporation was formed. In 1920, the first U.S. Coast Guard Air Station was established at Morehead City, North Carolina. In 1947, the U.S. Congress proposed the limitation of the presidency to two terms. In 1955, Tennessee Williams’ play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” debuted on Broadway. In 1980, “Nightline” with Ted Koppel premiered. In 1989, the Exxon Valdez spilled 240,000 barrels (11 million gallons) of oil in Alaska’s Prince William Sound after it ran aground. In 1995, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a welfare reform package that made the most changes in social programs since the New Deal. In 2005, Sandra Bullock received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
SURVEY SAYS: This Sunday is Easter. This week, I’d like to know, does your company offer a paid holiday for Easter, and do you think companies should offer a paid holiday for Easter? You may respond to this week’s survey by 6 p.m. Pacific time today.Read more >
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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