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May 18th, 2018

2018 Plan Sponsor of the Year: Boston Medical Center

Boston Medical Center does not just say goodbye when employees retire.Read more >
Benefits & Administration
Commitment to 401(k) Investing Remains Strong
Americans remain committed to saving for their futures, according to the Investment Company Institute’s (ICI’s) report, “Defined Contribution Plan Participants’ Activities, 2017.” A mere 2.7% discontinued contributions during 2017, and 3.4% took withdrawals, virtually on par with the 3.3% who did so in 2016.Read more >
LIMRA SRI: Preventing Brain Drain Should Be a Retirement Plan Goal
A new LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute (SRI) study urges employers to examine their benefits and compensation policies to address the potential loss of talented and experienced workers. Citing U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, LIMRA SRI researchers note that fully one-third of the U.S. labor force is age 50 or older. While other analyses have shown that as many as three in four workers over the age 50 say they will delay retirement beyond the traditional ages of 62 or 65, the LIMRA SRI research makes it clear that this will be difficult for workers to attain without direct support from their employers—in the form of more flexible part-time schedules, for example.Read more >
Products, Deals and People
First Trust Creates Index-Based ETF
The First Trust Dorsey Wright DALI 1 ETF seeks to correspond to the Nasdaq Dorsey Wright DALI 1 Index, which is designed to evaluate four broad asset classes: Domestic Equity, International Equity, Fixed Income and Commodities.Read more >
The Growing Interest in Guaranteed Income Options
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
Employers Feel the Strain of Rising Labor Costs
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
Economic Events

In the week ending May 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance was 222,000, an increase of 11,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 211,000, the Labor Department reported. The four-week moving average was 213,250, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 216,000. This is the lowest level for this average since December 13, 1969, when it was 210,750.


The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 4.61%, up from 4.55% one week ago, according to Freddie Mac. The average interest rate for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage is 4.08%, up from 4.01%.
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Market Mirror

Thursday, the Dow closed 54.95 points (0.22%) lower at 24,713.98, the NASDAQ decreased 15.82 points (0.21%) to 7,382.47, and the S&P 500 was down 2.33 points (0.09%) at 2,720.13. The Russell 2000 increased 8.92 points (0.55%) to 1,625.29, and the Wilshire 5000 was up 5.85 points (0.02%) at 28,328.84.


The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 2/32, increasing its yield to 3.106%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 19/32, bringing its yield up to 3.249%.
Lawsuit Filed Against Plan Sponsor, Aon Hewitt for Untested Funds in 401(k)
According to the complaint, the defendants removed a large number of established funds in the plan that were performing well (at Hewitt’s urging), and replaced them with an unproven set of newly-launched funds from Hewitt that have consistently underperformed.Read more >
Hearing Witnesses Urge Passage of Proposed Retirement Plan Legislation
This week, retirement industry sources testified before the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, seeking to move forward proposed retirement plan legislation. The hearing focused on four bipartisan proposals that would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to better meet the retirement plan needs of employees and employers with businesses large and small: H.R. 4604, the Increasing Access to a Secure Retirement Act of 2017, H.R. 4158, the Retirement Plan Modernization Act, H.R. 854, the Retirement Security for American Workers Act, and H.R. 4610, the Receiving Electronic Statements to Improve Retiree Earnings Act. While witnesses expressed their support for these proposals, some also urged legislators to move forward on the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act of 2018 (RESA).Read more >
From the Magazine
Whose Expense Is It Anyway?
The plan sponsor has just received, from outside counsel, a bill that includes charges for advising on a potential discretionary amendment to the retirement plan. Human resources (HR) brings the bill to the next committee meeting and seeks approval to have the plan pay the charge. Stop right there, and step away from the bill! While the plan may pay administrative expenses, costs associated with adopting a discretionary plan amendment are not considered administrative and may not be paid by the plan. But how does a committee know what expenses are, or are not, permitted?Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1652, in Rhode Island, a law was passed that made slavery illegal in North America. It was the first law of its kind. In 1798, the first Secretary of the U.S. Navy, Benjamin Stoddert was appointed. In 1897, a public reading of Bram Stoker’s new novel, “Dracula, or, The Un-dead,” was performed in London. In 1917, Congress passed the Selective Service act, which called up soldiers to fight in World War I. In 1934, Congress approved an act, known as the “Lindberg Act,” that called for the death penalty in interstate kidnapping cases. In 1942, New York ended night baseball games for the duration of World War II. In 1951, the United Nations moved its headquarters to New York City. In 1953, the first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound, Jacqueline Cochran, piloted an F-86 Sabrejet over California at an average speed of 652.337 miles-per-hour. In 1983, the Senate revised immigration laws and gave millions of undocumented immigrants legal status under an amnesty program. In 1998, the U.S. federal government and 20 states filed a sweeping antitrust case against Microsoft Corp., saying the computer software company had a “choke hold” on competitors which denied consumer choices by controlling 90% of the software market. In 2012, Facebook Inc. held its initial public offering and began trading on the NASDAQ. The company was valued at $104 billion making it the largest valuation to date for a newly listed public company.




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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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