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PLANSPONSOR NEWSDASH LOGO March 25th, 2021
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Investing
Why a Handful of Sponsors Offer More Than One TDF Family
Why a Handful of Sponsors Offer More Than One TDF Family
Participant demographics may play a part, but some plan sponsors might be lured by recordkeeper fee offerings.
Benefits
Employees Need More Help With Health Benefit Decisions
They say their employers don’t provide enough educational resources, but plan sponsors can rectify this.
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Compliance
DOL Releases Its First Cybersecurity Guidance

2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Investing
Evaluating ‘To’ vs. ‘Through’ Glide Paths
Economic Events
New orders for manufactured durable goods in February decreased $2.9 billion or 1.1% to $254.0 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced. This decrease, down following nine consecutive monthly increases, followed a 3.5% January increase. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.9%. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 0.7%. Transportation, down following five consecutive monthly increases, led the decrease, $1.3 billion or 1.6% to $83.6 billion.
Market Mirror
Wednesday, the Dow slipped 3.09 points (0.01%) to 32,420.06, the Nasdaq fell 265.81 points (2.01%) to 12,961.89, and the S&P 500 closed 21.38 points (0.55%) lower. The Russell 2000 plunged 132.58 points (5.85%) to 2,134.27, and the Wilshire 5000 fell 398.68 points (0.97%) to 40,794.17.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 1/32, decreasing its yield to 1.617%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond increased 5/32, bringing its yield down to 2.309%.
Insights
Student Debt Relief
New Congress, ongoing issue—what could be done legislatively, or privately, to ease the financial strain on so many student loan borrowers?
Rules/Regs
Plan Operational Know-How, 2021
Being mindful of the plan’s administrative policy and proactive about monitoring providers can spare the sponsor costly errors.
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1865, during the American Civil War, Confederate forces captured Fort Stedman in Virginia. In 1901, the Mercedes was introduced by Daimler at the five-day “Week of Nice” in Nice, France. In 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City burned down, killing 146 workers. The tragedy led to the development of a series of laws and regulations that better protected the safety of factory workers. In 1954, RCA manufactured its first color TV set and began mass production. In 1957, France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg signed a treaty in Rome establishing the European Economic Community (EEC), also known as the Common Market. It was a major step in Europe’s movement toward economic and political union. In 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the “poll tax” was unconstitutional. In 1971, the Boston Patriots became the New England Patriots. In 1983, the U.S. Congress passed legislation to rescue the U.S. social security system from bankruptcy. In 1996, the U.S. issued a newly redesigned $100 bill for circulation.
SURVEY SAYS: The opportunity to get a COVID-19 vaccine is opening up for more people. This week, I’d like to know, have you gotten or will you be getting vaccinated, and how do you feel about employers requiring employees to be vaccinated before returning to the office? Of course, all responses are confidential. You may respond to this week’s survey by 6 p.m. Pacific time today.
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