Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
May 4th, 2016
Webcast Event
Join BlackRock’s Amy Whitelaw, head of US Index Asset Allocation, Russell Investments’ John Greves, portfolio manager, Multi-Asset Solutions, Voya’s Paul Zemsky, chief investment officer, Multi-Asset Strategies and Solutions and Aon Hewitt’s Bill Ryan, associate partner, Investment Consulting, as they discuss key considerations for plan sponsors as they evaluate their target date fund offerings to ensure they meet the needs of both active and retired participants.Read more >
Benefits & Administration
Midsize Employers Should Consider More Health Benefits Options
Few midsize employers are using high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), Benefitfocus finds, and this could be at the expense of employee wellbeing and cost control, it suggests.Read more >
Lawsuit Targets Fiduciaries of Hess Corp.
Understanding Investments and Fees: A Key Part of Plan Committee Education
Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
Developing a Financial Wellness Program
More and more employers are interested in offering financial wellness help to employees, and there are several methods for which to do that.Read more >
Employees Confused About Retirement Plans
Among workplace benefits, employees find group retirement plans such as 401(k) and 403(b) the most difficult to understand, according to the Four Seasons Financial Education 2016 Employee Financial Wellness Survey. When asked how well they understand their employers’ 401(k) plan investment options, 14% of employees who have no financial wellness programs at work said “extremely well.” That number increased to 22% for employees who have a wellness program.Read more >
Sponsored message from MetLife
Pension Risk Transfer Pulse. Get the latest findings from a recent MetLife poll.Read more >
Ask the Experts
Can States Sponsor 403(b)s and 401(k)s?
“I realize that a state may sponsor a 457(b) plan, and such plans appear to be quite common. But what about 403(b) and 401(k) plans? I see what appear to be state-sponsored 403(b) and 401(k) plans, but I thought that states were not permitted to sponsor such plans. Can the Experts please clarify?”Read more >
Market Mirror

Renewed concerns about economic growth in Europe and China weighed on markets on Tuesday, causing stocks to erase all of the previous day’s gains, the Associated Press reports. The Dow was down 140.25 points (0.78%) at 17,750.91, the NASDAQ lost 54.37 points (1.13%) to finish at 4,763.22, and the S&P 500 decreased 18.06 points (0.87%) to 2,063.37. The Russell 2000 fell 19.17 points (1.68%) to 1,121.75, and the Wilshire 5000 closed 228.00 points (1.06%) lower at 21,311.90.

On the NYSE, 3.1 billion shares traded, with declining issues outnumbering advancing issues 3 to 1. On the NASDAQ, 2.7 billion shares changed hands, with a near 3 to 1 lead for decliners.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note increased 21/32, bringing its yield down to 1.800%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond climbed 1 10/32, decreasing its yield to 2.660%.
From the Magazine
DC Plan Design: Employer Contributions
Plan sponsors may think the ways to make employer contributions are limited, but sponsors actually have six different options available, says Dan Peluse, director of corporate plan services at Wintrust Wealth Management in Chicago.Read more >
Small Talk
Enjoying morning donuts in the break room, eating catered lunches during meetings, sitting at a desk all day—our jobs can be a serious source of weight gain, according to a recent survey. CareerBuilder found that nearly half (44%) of workers say they have gained weight at their present jobs.Read more >

ON THIS DATE: In 1626, Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on Manhattan Island. Native Americans later sold the island (20,000 acres) for $24 in cloth and buttons. In 1715, a French manufacturer debuted the first folding umbrella. In 1886, Chichester Bell and Charles S. Tainter patented the gramophone. It was the first practical phonograph. In 1942, the Battle of the Coral Sea commenced as American and Japanese carriers launched their attacks at each other. In 1942, the United States began food rationing. In 1970, the Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded. In 1979, Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman prime minister. In 2012, in Las Vegas, Google received the first self-driving vehicle testing license.


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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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