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November 28th, 2018

PLANSPONSOR 2018 403(b) Buyer’s Guide

By the end of 2017, more than 17 million participants had invested over $1 trillion in 403(b) plans, making 403(b) plans the 2nd-largest defined contribution market behind 401(k) plans. While sharing similar objectives and designs, 403(b) and 401(k) plans have key differences that may demand unique recordkeeping and service strategies from plan providers. This guide is intended to assist plan sponsors with understanding the differences in experience and capabilities among select 403(b) plan recordkeepers.Read more >
Benefits & Administration
K-12 403(b) Recordkeeping Requires a Number of Players
K-12 public school 403(b) plans haven’t changed as much as plans in other 403(b) market segments—mostly keeping the multiple-provider model—so they require unique recordkeeping solutions.Read more >
Advisers Give Keen Insight Into Monthly Retirement Income Needs
Voya Financial research found several ways that people who work with a financial adviser can better prepare themselves for retirement. According to Voya, 94% of those who work with an adviser feel they have prepared themselves for estimating their monthly retirement income needs. By comparison, 42% of those without an adviser do not feel prepared at all. Eighty percent of those with an adviser feel at least somewhat prepared when it comes to estimating health care costs in retirement.Read more >
Ask the Experts
New Hardship Rules Regarding Earnings on 403(b) Elective Deferrals
“I previously posed a question about whether the new hardship distribution rules would allow for distribution of earnings on elective deferrals in 403(b) plans. Back then you stated that the issue would likely be resolved when the IRS issued new regulations regarding hardship distributions. Do the Experts have any update?”Read more >
2022 Recordkeeping Survey
IRS Updates Life Expectancy Tables for Retirees
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Which are the most northern, southern, eastern and western U.S. States?
Economic Events

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index declined in November, following an improvement in October. The Index now stands at 135.7 (1985=100), down from 137.9 in October. The Present Situation Index–based on consumers’ assessment of current business and labor market conditions–improved slightly, from 171.9 to 172.7. The Expectations Index–based on consumers’ short-term outlook for income, business and labor market conditions–decreased from 115.1 last month to 111.0 this month.

Market Mirror

Tuesday, the Dow gained 108.49 points (0.44%) to finish at 24,748.73, the NASDAQ was virtually unchanged at 7,082.70, and the S&P 500 increased 8.75 points (0.33%) to 2,682.20. The Russell 2000 closed 13.10 points (0.87%) lower at 1,492.86, and the Wilshire 5000 was up 26.12 points (0.09%) at 27,644.92.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was virtually unchanged, with its yield at 3.058%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was down 2/32, increasing its yield to 3.315%.

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House Tax and Retirement Reform Bill Includes Provisions Not Included in Previous Bill
“The new legislation contains language addressing key IRI concerns including providing retirement plan participants with an illustration of how current savings would translate into an income stream in retirement and enhancements to automatic enrollment and contribution escalation features in retirement plans,” says Cathy Weatherford, president and CEO of the Insured Retirement Institute.Read more >
Self-Directed Millennials Less Likely To Use Advisers
Charles Schwab has published the third-quarter update of its self-directed brokerage account indicators, finding trading volumes remained the same as the previous quarter. According to Schwab’s analysis, participants made the most trades during Q3 in their single-stock holdings, followed by mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Mutual funds held the majority of participant assets and were largely unchanged at 37.4% of holdings. Those participants who used advisers displayed a more diversified asset mix and had lower concentration of assets in particular securities.Read more >
Small Talk
Nearly two-thirds of professionals said they plan to shop online from work this holiday season, according to a survey by staffing firm Robert Half Technology. However, technology decision makers said they are concerned about security risks. How often do employees plan to shop online while on the clock?Read more >

ON THIS DATE: In 1520, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait. The strait was named after him. He was the first European to sail the Pacific from the east. In 1919, American-born Lady Astor was elected the first female member of the British Parliament. In 1922, Capt. Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force gave the first public exhibition of skywriting. He spelled out, “Hello USA. Call Vanderbilt 7200” over New York’s Times Square. In 1925, The Grand Ole Opry made its radio debut on station WSM. In 1929, Ernie Nevers (St. Louis Cardinals) became the first professional football player to score six touchdowns in a single game. In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin met in Tehran to map out strategy concerning World War II. In 1963, President Lyndon Johnson announced that Cape Canaveral would be renamed Cape Kennedy in honor of his assassinated predecessor. The name was changed back to Cape Canaveral in 1973 by a vote of residents. In 1964, the U.S. launched the space probe Mariner IV from Cape Kennedy on a course set for Mars. In 1990, Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Britain. In 1995, President Bill Clinton signed a $6 billion road bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit.

WEDNESDAY WISDOM: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”—Arthur C. Clarke, British science fiction writer

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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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