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November 7th, 2017
Benefits & Administration
Value-Based Care Growing As a Way to Reduce Employer and Employee Health Costs
How and where health care is delivered, paid for, and consumed will change over the coming years, particularly as budget constraints force a shift from volume-based to value-based reimbursement—payment for the value one gets from health care products and services, according to UBS Wealth Management’s Corporate Health Report. This shift will have far-reaching consequences for payers and health providers, but also for patients and their employers. “While value-based care (VBC) is not yet pervasive, its influence will be among the key elements to control health care costs over the coming years amid increased longevity, in our view,” UBS says. A recent survey found about 40% of employers are taking advantage of value-based benefit design.Read more >
Products, Deals and People
Millennium Trust, Paychex Offer SIMPLE IRA for Small Businesses
The plan gives employers the opportunity to automatically enroll employees into the plan, as well as escalate their deferrals every year, and offers them investment fiduciary services.Read more >
EARN Act Clears Senate Finance Committee
Plaintiffs Rebuffed by Appeals Court in Active Management Lawsuit
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
BMO Finds Demographic Differences in Investing Preferences
Respondents across all three generations cite saving and investing for retirement as their primary financial goal; however, Millennials are less inclined to buy and hold for the long term.Read more >
Market Mirror

Yesterday, the Dow was up 9.23 points (0.04%) at 23,548.42, the NASDAQ climbed 22.00 points (0.33%) to 6,786.44, and the S&P 500 closed 3.29 points (0.13%) higher at 2,591.13. The Russell 2000 gained 3.05 points (0.20%) to finish at 1,497.96, and the Wilshire 5000 increased 25.45 points (0.09%) to 26,900.45.


The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 5/32, decreasing its yield to 2.317%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond increased 12/32, bringing its yield down to 2.797%.
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Target-Date Funds: Built to Weather Volatility
Uncertainty is often the cause of knee-jerk reactions by investors. Many DC plan sponsors select target-date funds (TDFs) as their plan’s qualified default investment alternative to curb emotional investing.Read more >
Second Lawsuit Filed Against GE for Self-Dealing in 401(k)
The lawsuit accuses General Electric 401(k) plan fiduciaries of violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) by offering and failing to monitor funds in the plan that were managed by the company’s investment management arm.Read more >
IRS Memo Includes Guidance Regarding RMDs and Missing Participants
The memo lists actions plan sponsors should take to locate missing participants to prevent being challenged on violating required minimum distribution (RMD) rules.Read more >
Northrop Grumman Excessive Fee Case Moves Forward
A federal judge has certified class action status for a lawsuit alleging that Northrop Grumman engaged in self-dealing and failed to secure reasonable service fees for its 401(k) plan. Noteworthy about the case is that a challenge to fees provided to the recordkeeper via an arrangement with Financial Engines is filed against the plan sponsor and not the recordkeeper as in other suits that have been dismissed.Read more >
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1874, the Republican party of the U.S. was first symbolized as an elephant in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper’s Weekly. In 1893, the state of Colorado granted women the right to vote. In 1916, Jeanette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress. In 1929, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City opened to the public. In 1944, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first person to win a fourth term as president. In 1963, Elston Howard, of the New York Yankees, became the first black player to be named the American League’s Most Valuable Player. In 1965, the “Pillsbury Dough Boy” debuted in television commercials. In 1967, Carl Stokes was elected mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, becoming the first black mayor of a major city. In 1967, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In 1989, L. Douglas Wilder won the governor’s race in Virginia, becoming the first elected African-American state governor in U.S. history. In 1999, Tiger Woods became the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win four straight tournaments.
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What was Noah Webster’s best-selling book during his lifetime?Read more >
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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