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March 29th, 2016
Benefits & Administration
Retirement Plan Review Focus Differs with Adviser Use
The 2016 MassMutual Retirement Plan Review Study finds differences in plan review focus between retirement plan sponsors with an adviser as opposed to sponsors without an adviser. Unfortunately, on the bottom of the list of priorities during plan reviews for both sponsors that work with an adviser (27%) and those that do not (25%) is whether employees are saving enough.Read more >
Employees Seeking Wage Growth Over Health Benefits
Between 2012 and 2015, the percentage of workers reporting that they would rather have fewer health benefits and higher wages has doubled, increasing from 10% to 20%, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) found.Read more >
Data and Research
Student Loan Repayments Expected to Derail Employees’ Retirement Savings
Social Security Administration Cannot Calculate 2024 COLA if Government Shuts Down
Senate Committee Passes Bill Permitting Marijuana Industry Employers to Sponsor Retirement Plans
Millennials Are Getting Serious About Savings
There was an impressive jump in the number of Millennials saving at least 5% of their income towards retirement or other long-term financial goals during the last year.Read more >
Products, Deals and People
Prudential to Offer Student Loan Genius to Clients
Prudential Retirement has partnered with Student Loan Genius, becoming the first retirement plan recordkeeper to offer the start-up’s new 401(k) contribution feature. The benefit allows plan sponsors to use student loan repayments as a catalyst to increase retirement savings.Read more >
Market Mirror

Yesterday, the Dow closed 19.66 points (0.11%) lower at 17,535.39, the NASDAQ was down 6.72 points (0.14%) at 4,766.79, and the S&P 500 increased by 1.11 (0.05%) to 2,037.05. The Russell 2000 was virtually unchanged at 1,080.22, and the Wilshire 5000 was up 14.34 points (0.07%) at 20,833.82.

On the NYSE, 3.2 billion shares traded with 1.3 advancing issues for every declining issue. On the NASDAQ, 2.7 billion shares changed hands with a 1.3 to 1 ratio of decliners to advancers.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 5/32, decreasing its yield to 1.883%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond increased 14/32, bringing its yield down to 2.651%.
N.J. Unions Call on Pension Plan to Get Out of Alternatives
A plan presented to the New Jersey State Investment Council suggests the state’s public pension fund should re-allocate hedge fund money into a 60/40 mix of publicly traded U.S. stocks and bonds.Read more >
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1638, the first permanent European settlement in Delaware was established. In 1848, Niagara Falls stopped flowing for one day due to an ice jam. In 1932, Jack Benny made his radio debut. In 1943, in the U.S. rationing of meat, butter and cheese began during World War II. In 1961, the 23rd amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment allowed residents of Washington, D.C., to vote for president. In 1962, Jack Paar made his final appearance on “The Tonight Show.” In 1971, a jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. In 1974, Mariner 10, the U.S. space probe became the first spacecraft to reach the planet Mercury. It had been launched on November 3, 1973. In 1974, eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on charges stemming from the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. All the guardsmen were later acquitted. In 1979, the Committee on Assassinations Report issued by U.S. House of Representatives stated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was the result of a conspiracy. In 1983, Erno Rubik was granted a patent for his Magic Cube. In 1993, Clint Eastwood won his first Oscars. He won them for best film and best director for the film “Unforgiven.” In 1999, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 10,000 mark for the first time.
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Do you know how many times Niagara Falls has stopped flowing and why?Read more >
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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