Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
May 24th, 2018
2018 PLANSPONSOR National Conference
Room is running out, so don’t miss your chance to attend the 2018 PLANSPONSOR National Conference. Keynote speaker Nicholas Epley, Professor of Behavioral Science, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, will discuss why people think or behave as they do, and speaker Lori Lucas, President and CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute, will discuss spending and financial shocks in retirement. Panel discussions with industry sources, as well as your plan sponsor peers, will address strategies for maximizing retirement plan outcomes and managing fiduciary liability. Pre-conference bootcamps include one designed to educate those who are newer to 401(k) programs and one that will discuss the structures and administration of health savings accounts (HSAs). All this will be mixed with fun and relaxation, including a Bright Lights…Big Cities cocktail party and an Uptown Hoedown party, as well as Sunrise Yoga. Register today.Read more >
Webcast Event
Join us May 31, to learn about NEW retirement income services available to plan sponsors leveraging academic research and interactive technology to help retirees make their savings last two to seven years longer. The innovative service combines education with personalized reports to engage participants before they retire.Read more >
GASB Issues Implementation Guide Answering Questions About Recent Statements
The Implementation Guide answers questions about Statement No. 68, “Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions” and Statement No. 74, “Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefit Plans Other Than Pension Plans.”Read more >
EARN Act Clears Senate Finance Committee
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
Plaintiffs Rebuffed by Appeals Court in Active Management Lawsuit
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
Economic Events

Sales of new single-family houses in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 662,000, according to estimates released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and

Urban Development. This is 1.5% below the revised March rate of 672,000, but is 11.6% above the April 2017 estimate of 593,000.
Market Mirror

Wednesday, the Dow gained 52.40 points (0.21%) to finish at 24,886.81, the NASDAQ closed 47.50 points (0.64%) higher at 7,425.96, and the S&P 500 increased 8.85 points (0.32%) to 2,733.29. The Russell 2000 was up 2.37 points (0.15%) at 1,627.61, and the Wilshire 5000 climbed 84.13 points (0.30%) to 28,444.17.


The price of the 10-year Treasury note increased 21/32, bringing its yield down to 2.987%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond climbed 1 2/32, decreasing its yield to 3.149%.
Benefits and Administration
Asian Americans More Thoughtful Retirement Investors Than Other Demographics
Asian Americans are more concerned than other demographics about making missteps with their retirement savings in the years just before and just after retirement, research from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. finds. Asian Americans tend to be more focused on investment goals and are less likely to engage in behaviors that could sabotage their retirement savings; however, the study finds this group can use more education about other retirement planning issues.Read more >
SEC Issues Investor Bulletin for HSAs
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC)’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy has issued an Investor Bulletin regarding health savings accounts (HSAs). Although the bulletin is directed at employees invested in HSAs, its description of useful HSA features depending on how investors use HSAs can be informative to employers. The SEC says if investors plan to use the money in their HSA soon, different account features may be useful than if they plan to invest the money for the future.Read more >
Surviving Financially to Age 85 Increases Retirement Confidence
Seventy-eight percent of retirees ages 85 and older say they are at least somewhat secure in their finances, with 33% reporting they are very secure, according to a Society of Actuaries (SOA) survey. By comparison, the SOA’s ninth biennial Risks and Process of Retirement Survey identified an overall increase in the level of concern for finances among respondents ages 40 to 80. A significant number of retirees and pre-retirees reported in that survey that they feel unprepared to navigate financial shocks and unexpected expenses. The new survey suggests that if retirees are able to survive financially to age 85, concerns about finances drop significantly.Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1738, the Methodist Church was established. In 1764, Boston lawyer James Otis denounced “taxation without representation” and called for the colonies to unite in demonstrating their opposition to Britain’s new tax measures. In 1830, the first passenger railroad service in the U.S. began operations. In 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse formally opened America’s first telegraph line. The first message was sent from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, Maryland. The message was “What hath God wrought?” In 1883, after 14 years of construction the Brooklyn Bridge was opened to traffic. In 1935, the Cincinnati Reds played the Philadelphia Phillies in the first night time major league baseball game. The switch for the floodlights was thrown by President Franklin Roosevelt. In 1954, the first moving sidewalk in a railroad station was opened in Jersey City, New Jersey. In 1958, United Press International (UPI) was formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service. In 1961, the Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1980, the International Court of Justice issued a final decision calling for the release of the hostages taken at the U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979. In 1994, the four men convicted of bombing the New York’s World Trade Center were each sentenced to 240 years in prison. In 2001, Temba Tsheri, 15, became the youngest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.



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