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May 16th, 2019
Benefits & Administration
DOL Issues FAQs About Association Health Plans
The FAQs explain the Department of Labor’s (DOL)’s enforcement policy and ongoing administration of association health plans (AHPs) following a federal court ruling striking down the DOL’s most recent AHP guidance. Read more >
Products, Deals and People
MassMutual Launches Workplace Student Loan Repayment Program
The program is available to employers through Tuition.io, which provides two levels of support for student loan indebtedness. Read more >
John Hancock Upgrades Participant Education Content and Tools
My Learning Center suggests a curriculum and pairs it with plan level data to create key recommended actions to drive engagement and encourage financial fitness and retirement readiness for the individual. Read more >
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Economic Events

The combined value of distributive trade sales and manufacturers’ shipments for March, adjusted for seasonal and trading day differences but not for price changes, was estimated at $1,470.1 billion, up 1.6% from February and up 3.7% from March 2018, the Census Bureau reported.

Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for April, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $513.4billion, a decrease of 0.2% from the previous month, but 3.1% above April 2018. Total sales for the February through April period were up 3.0% from the same period a year ago. Retail trade sales were down 0.2% from March, but 2.8% above last year. Nonstore retailers were up 9.0% from April 2018, while sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument, and book stores were down 8.5% from last year.

Market Mirror

Wednesday, the Dow gained 115.97 points (0.45%) to finish at 25,648.02, the NASDAQ closed 87.65 points (1.13%) higher at 7,822.15, and the S&P 500 increased 16.55 points (0.58%) to 2,850.96. The Russell 2000 was up 5.21 points (0.34%) at 1,548.27, and the Wilshire 5000 climbed 171.38 points (0.58%) to 29,471.37.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note increased 10/32, bringing its yield down to 2.377%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond climbed 19/32, decreasing its yield to 2.820%.

Compliance
Employers, Retirement Industry Hungry for Sweeping Reforms
Members of the House and Senate have put forward many ideas for modernizing the laws governing retirement plans, but so far they have failed to achieve the sweeping reform that has been discussed over multiple Congresses. Read more >
Congress Urged to Act Soon on Union Pension Funding Crisis
Members of the Senate Finance Committee voiced frustration that lawmakers have not yet come to a solution to the multiemployer union pension funding crisis. Read more >
Investing
Investors Consider Many Factors When Choosing Mutual Funds
Finding that most households own mutual funds in employer-sponsored retirement plans, the Investment Company Institute (ICI) looked into the factors considered when selecting mutual funds. Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1868, President Andrew Johnson was acquitted during the Senate impeachment proceedings, by one vote. In 1929, the first Academy Awards were held in Hollywood. In 1946, Jack Mullin showed the world the first magnetic tape recorder. In 1960, Theodore Maiman, at Hughes Research Laboratory in California, demonstrated the first working laser. In 1965, Spaghetti-O’s were sold for the first time. In 1975, Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In 2000, former U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was nominated to run for U.S. Senator in New York. She was the first U.S. first lady to run for public office.

SURVEY SAYS: We have reported about how voluntary benefits can help employees with overall financial security. This week, I’d like to know, what voluntary benefits do you offer employees, and do you consider these benefits a way to help employees with financial wellness? You may respond to this survey by 6 p.m. Pacific time today. Read more >
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