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November 6th, 2015
Benefits & Administration
Worry About Health Care in Retirement Increasing
A majority of employees are happy with the retirement plans their employers provide, but they are increasingly worried about factors that could negatively affect their years in retirement. Mercer’s latest data from the Inside Employees’ Minds Survey, conducted among more than 3,000 U.S. workers, shows employees are worried about pension plan cuts and freezes, market volatility and potential changes to Social Security. However, the survey shows a growing concern about health care expenses in retirement.Read more >
Products, Deals and People
Investment Product Launches for the Week
Dimensional Fund Advisors launches TDF solution; and AB reveals holistic annuity fiduciary service.Read more >
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2021 Defined Benefit Administration Survey
Economic Events

In the week ending October 31, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance was 276,000, an increase of 16,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 260,000, the Labor Department reported. The four-week moving average was 262,750, an increase of 3,500 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 259,250.

The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 3.87%, up from 3.76% one week ago, according to Freddie Mac. The average interest rate for a 15-year fixed-rate loan is 3.09%, up from 2.98%.

Market Mirror

Most U.S. stock indices ended Thursday nearly unchanged ahead of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly jobs report. The Dow slipped 4.15 points (0.02%) to 17,863.43, the NASDAQ lost 14.74 points (0.29%) to finish at 5,127.74, and the S&P 500 closed 2.38 points (0.11%) lower at 2,099.93. The Russell 2000 was down by 0.30 (0.03%) at 1,190.68, and the Wilshire 5000 decreased 19.50 points (0.09%) to 21,866.46.

On the NYSE, 3.2 billion shares changed hands, and on the NASDAQ, 2.7 billion shares traded, with a slight lead for decliners on both exchanges.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 3/32, increasing its yield to 2.237%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 9/32, bringing its yield up to 3.006%.

Compliance
Bill Calls for More Hedge Fund Transparency
Legislation authored by Representative Nydia M. Velazquez (D-New York) would significantly strengthen reporting requirements for hedge funds. Velazquez, who describes hedge funds as large privately organized, pooled investment vehicles that are not available to the public, and whose primary investors are wealthy individuals or institutions, says the “Hedge Fund Sunshine Act” (H.R. 3921) comes as media reports repeatedly link hedge funds to the ongoing financial crisis in Puerto Rico.Read more >
Terms of Boeing Fee Case Settlement Revealed
Plaintiffs’ attorneys announced months ago that Boeing would settle the long-running 401(k) excessive fee lawsuit, Boeing v. Spano, but at the time few concrete details emerged as to what Boeing’s liability might be, financial or otherwise.Read more >
From the Magazine
How Risk Transfer Can Fulfill DB Benefit Obligations
In textbooks on managerial accounting, a chapter in the middle is apt to consider a basic principle classically known as the “make-or-buy decision”—more recently known as outsourcing. The idea is simple enough: A company needs a widget as part of its product, and its engineers and accountants weigh the likely costs and benefits incurred from building it in-house versus contracting with a third party to offload the work at a predetermined price. Sponsors of defined benefit (DB) plans have been considering their own make-or-buy option of a sort, with respect to the optimal way to fulfill benefit obligations to participants.Read more >
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1789, Father John Carroll was appointed as the first Roman Catholic bishop in the U.S. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected to be the 16th president of the U.S. In 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected as the president of the Confederacy in the U.S. In 1894, William C. Hooker received a patent for the mousetrap. In 1923, Jacob Schick was granted a patent for the electric shaver. In 1935, Edwin H. Armstrong announced his development of FM broadcasting. In 1952, the first hydrogen bomb was exploded at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. In 1965, the Freedom Flights program began which would allow 250,000 Cubans to come to the United States by 1971. In 1967, Phil Donahue began a TV talk show in Dayton, Ohio. The show was on the air for 29 years.
SURVEY SAYS: This week, I asked NewsDash readers, “What retirement industry development are you most anticipating for 2016, and what is your second choice?” We’re holding the survey open for one more day, hoping to get more comments. This survey will be used in the December Year in Review issue.Read more >
And now it’s time for FRIDAY FILES!
Ants can be a solid or a liquid.Read more >
We have been using tape measures all wrong!Read more >

In Bali, a plane was forced to make an emergency landing after smoke alarms went off. The Aviation Herald reports the cargo flight from Australia to Kuala Lumpur, with four crew and 2,186 sheep on-board, was flying just to the south of Indonesia when the smoke alarms sounded. Emergency services didn’t find any trace of fire or smoke and identified the cause to be the result of gasses and man.ure produced by the sheep. The plane and its cargo were able to depart the island about three hours later.

In Daytona Beach, Florida, a man was dining at the Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet when, suddenly, another man fell through the ceiling onto him. The man who fell through ceiling was a would-be thief who had made it through the ceiling to the manager’s office, but failed to open a lock box that held money. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that it was after he gave up his attempt that he fell through the ceiling. He tried to get up and run away, but was tackled by another diner.                                              

In Saugerties, New York, a woman called 911 to report a medical emergency. An ambulance arrived and transported her to a hospital in Kingston. However, she signed herself out of the hospital shortly after arriving, the local ABC News station reports. Turns out she was just using the ambulance to get to Kingston so she could see her boyfriend. She has been charged with falsely reporting an incident.

Somewhere in the UK, a child gave a funny exam answer when he was asked to “show your thinking.”Read more >
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