Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
May 17th, 2019
PLANSPONSOR National Conference
Hear From Your Peers at the PLANSPONSOR National Conference
Join us for the PLANSPONSOR National Conference Wednesday, June 5th through Friday, June 7th! One of the many benefits for plan sponsors attending the PLANSPONSOR National Conference is the opportunity to listen and learn first-hand from peers both the challenges as well as the positive outcomes that they face every day. At the beginning of day two, join MGM Studios and Prudential Retirement as they explore the connection that exists between financial wellness, productivity, health, and other human capital outcomes. Demonstrating that connection and measuring the outcomes is often easier said than done! This session will explore best practices for building a financial wellness program, how financial wellness connects with and impacts productivity, health, and other human capital outcomes, and how to build an outcome-based measurement strategy.Read more >
New Financial Audit Rule Increases Requirements for Plan Sponsors
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
2021 Plan Sponsor of the Year
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What do the M’s stand for in M&Ms?
DOL Proposes New Rule on ESG Investing in Retirement Plans
Administration & Benefits
AICPA Reminds Plan Sponsors of Record Retention Rules
A plan advisory explains Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) rules for record retention and offers best practices for that and protecting personal information.Read more >
Sponsored message from PIMCO
Rationality and Retirement: Mutually Exclusive?
Cognitive biases may lead to suboptimal judgments. Behavioral science-based nudges may help.Read more >
Industry Voices
Using Automatic Features to Maximize Participant Success
Andrew Zito, with LAMCO Advisory Group, discusses common criticisms of plan sponsors when considering auto features and ways they can use auto features to maximize participation and participant success.Read more >
Economic Events

Privately‐owned housing starts in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,235,000. This is 5.7% above the revised March estimate of 1,168,000, but is 2.5% below the April 2018 rate of 1,267,000, the Census Bureau reported. Single‐family housing starts in April were at a rate of 854,000; this is 6.2% above the revised March figure of 804,000. The April rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 359,000.


In the week ending May 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance was 212,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 228,000, the Labor Department reported. The four-week moving average was 225,000, an increase of 4,750 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 220,250.


The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 4.07%, down from 4.1% one week ago, according to Freddie Mac. The average interest rate for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage is 3.53%, down from 3.57%.
Market Mirror

Thursday, the Dow gained 214.66 points (0.84%) to finish at 25,862.68, the NASDAQ closed 75.90 points (0.97%) higher at 7,898.05, and the S&P 500 increased 25.36 points (0.89%) to 2,876.32. The Russell 2000 was up 8.97 points (0.58%) at 1,557.24, and the Wilshire 5000 climbed 258.49 points (0.88%) to 29,729.83.


The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 6/32, increasing its yield to 2.397%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 10/32, bringing its yield up to 2.837%.
403(b) Plans Should Get Ready for IRS Initiatives
The agency has indicated it will launch audit initiatives regarding 403(b) plan compliance this summer; the remedial amendment period and other IRS-provided relief can help plan sponsors prepare.Read more >
Small 401(k) Plan Faces Excessive Fee Lawsuit
The less than $250 million plan is accused of failing to employ a prudent and loyal process in evaluating investment and administrative fees.Read more >
Volatility Is Not a Bad Word
Making sure plan participants understand the positive aspects of volatility can help them avoid poor trading decisions during periods of negative returns.Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1792, the New York Stock Exchange was founded at 70 Wall Street by 24 brokers. In 1875, the first Kentucky Derby was run at Louisville, Kentucky. In 1932, Congress changed the name “Porto Rico” to “Puerto Rico.” In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled for school integration in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. In 1999, Alex Trebek received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2000, Thomas E. Blanton Jr. and David Luker surrendered to police in Birmingham, Alabama. The two former Ku Klux Klan members were arrested on charges from the bombing of a church in 1963 that killed four young black girls. In 2006, the U.S. aircraft carrier Oriskany was sunk about 24 miles off Pensacola Beach. It was the first vessel sunk under a Navy program to dispose of old warships by turning them into diving attractions. It was the largest man-made reef at the time of the sinking.



And now it’s time for FRIDAY FILES!
Helpful cooking tips.Read more >
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In Jiangsu, China, a person who said he had an “intense itch” in his ear went to the hospital. Using an endoscope, the doctor discovered a small spider in the ear, building a web. According to news reports, the spider was too fast to be caught and removed with tweezers, so the doctor had to flush it out.


In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government airplane was waiting to take her back to Berlin when an excited fan jumped out of her van to take a picture. Unfortunately, the woman forgot to put her parking brake on and the van rolled slowly into the nose of the jet, according to the Associated Press. The German air force confirmed in a tweet that Merkel had been safely transported back to Berlin by helicopter.


In Lihue, Hawaii, in December, a man broke into his former boss’ home and threatened to kill and chop up the former boss and his wife with a machete. When police were at the scene, the man told them his former boss owed him fish that they caught together. “He owes me choke ahi,” he told police, according to the Associated Press. Recently in court, the man pleaded no contest, saying he was under the influence of a hallucinogenic at the time.


In San Diego, California, the Humane Society has five new kittens that will soon be ready for adoption. Construction workers building new Kaiser Permanente medical offices heard meows coming from a steel column. They tilted the column and the week-old kittens slid out. According to the Associate Press, they apparently were stowaways in a truck from Hayward, California.


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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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