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November 17th, 2017
Benefits and Administration
Gen X Set to Repeat Baby Boomers’ Retirement Savings Mistakes
Just 10% of Baby Boomer and Generation X members give themselves an ‘A’ grade on retirement planning, while 63% give themselves a ‘C’ or lower, according to survey data from North American Company, a Sammons Financial Group member company. Nearly half (47%) of Baby Boomers confessed that spending money on things they didn’t need and getting into too much debt were their biggest financial mistakes they made when they were young, and another one-third (33%) say it was not saving for retirement. More Gen Xers say they regret spending and accumulating debt than previous generations, the survey found.Read more >
CRR Assesses Options for Helping Multiemployer Plans
Just as Democrats in Congress unveiled actions to save multiemployer pension plans, the Center for Retirement Research (CRR) at Boston College released an issue brief assessing options for helping these plans remain solvent. The brief notes that while most multiemployer plans have recovered from two financial crises since 2000, a substantial minority face serious funding problems. The researchers estimate that “the hole” for plans in critical and declining status is $76 billion. They discuss plan partitions, benefits cuts, subsidized loans and tax payer support.Read more >
EARN Act Clears Senate Finance Committee
Plaintiffs Rebuffed by Appeals Court in Active Management Lawsuit
Data and Research
K-12 Educators Prefer Advisers for Retirement Planning
Products, Deals and People
Investment Products and Services Launches
Wilshire launches latest indexes tracking REITs; New York Life Investments announces new equity fund; ProShares presents advanced ETFs and public index funds; and more.Read more >
Economic Events

In the week ending November 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance was 249,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 239,000, the Labor Department reported. The four-week moving average was 237,750, an increase of 6,500 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 231,250.

The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 3.95%, up from 3.90% one week ago, according to Freddie Mac. The average interest rate for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage is 3.31%, up from 3.24%.

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Market Mirror

Thursday, the Dow gained 187.08 points (0.80%) to finish at 23,458.36, the NASDAQ closed 87.08 points (1.30%) higher at 6,793.29, and the S&P 500 was up 21.02 points (0.825) at 2,585.64. The Russell 2000 increased 22.79 points (1.56%) to 1,486.88, and the Wilshire 5000 climbed 268.42 points (1.01%) to 26,850.88.

The yield for the 10-year Treasury note was 2.359. The yield for the 30-year Treasury bond was 2.799%.

SIFMA Urges Court to Affirm Decision in Fidelity Stable Value Fund Suit
The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) has weighed in on an appeal to a case against Fidelity Management Trust Company over the management and monitoring of a stable value fund offered to 401(k) plans. In an amicus brief filed with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, SIFMA says it has a strong interest, on behalf of its members, in clarifying the fiduciary obligations of investment managers in selecting and managing investment options in retirement plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The association argues that plaintiffs’ claims rely on hindsight, ask Fidelity to “follow the herd” and imply Fidelity should not align its interest with those of 401(k) plan participants.Read more >
Democrats Pledge to Protect Union Pensions
Democratic members of both the U.S. House and Senate convened to promote their own plans for promoting broad-based economic acceleration, paying particular attention to the issue of troubled multiemployer pension plans. The left-leaning lawmakers are calling their economic vision “A Better Deal,” one that would “ensure the pensions American workers have earned over a lifetime of work are safeguarded and protected into the future.” The Democrats are coalescing around two bills.Read more >
Willis Towers Watson Redefines Pension Plan Investing Strategy for 2018
In “Ten Investment Actions for DB Plans in 2018,” Willis Towers Watson updates 10 terms that have traditionally been used with respect to defined benefit (DB) plans—but says each needs to be revisited in light of regulatory and market developments.Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1800, the U.S. Congress held its first session in Washington, D.C., in the partially completed Capitol building. In 1869, the Suez Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas. In 1913, the steamship Louise became the first ship to travel through the Panama Canal. In 1962, Washington’s Dulles International Airport was dedicated by U.S. President Kennedy. In 1979, Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13 female and black American hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. In 1982, the Empire State Building was added to the National Register of Historical Places. In 1997, Mario Lemieux was voted into the NHL Hall of Fame. In 2001, “Toys “R” Us Times Square – The Center of the Toy Universe” opened in New York City.


And now it’s time for FRIDAY FILES!

Maybe this little girl should watch more sports before her parents try to make her do a spectacular birthday entrance.Read more >
Just one of the dangers of working at the car wash.Read more >
Stove Top has developed a pair of pants to make Thanksgiving one of the most comfortable holidays of the year. The stretchy pants are designed as “unisex” and come in one color and style only. [pic]Read more >

In Seathwaite, UK, a tractor carrying a big sheep trailer came across a road lined with parked cars on both sides. The driver couldn’t get through and couldn’t turn around, but he decided to go for it anyway, damaging at least four cars. Police are still looking for the tractor driver.

In Bolton, Connecticut, an election for the governing board of the town resulted in a tie. Both the Republican incumbent and the Democratic challenger received 718 votes. According to the Associated Press, the town charter says tied elections can be decided by a special election or a coin toss. Each candidate chose the coin toss to save the town the cost of a special election. The incumbent won.

In Vero Beach, Florida, a resident told deputies he and this three young sons woke up to a man yelling, howling and walking down the road around 6 a.m. one morning recently. Two hours later, they woke up again after hearing the man stomping on the roof of their home. The man claimed he was having a meeting with a DEA agent on the roof, but admitted to not knowing who the agent is, according to an arrest report. The local NBC News station reported that (surprise!) the man was found to be under the influence of an drug.


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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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