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November 9th, 2018
DOL Proposes Exemption for Retirement Plan Auto-Portability Solution
The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a notice of a proposed exemption from certain prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) for use of its auto-portability solution. The agency is inviting public comment on the proposed exemption and encourages additional proposals.Read more >
Favorable CRS Form User Testing Results Published by SEC
The U.S. Securities and Exchange (SEC) commission has published a report presenting the results of user testing of its mock Customer Relationship Summary form, which would be required under its Best Interest proposal. The research points to variations based on whether the respondents’ are currently working with a professional financial adviser. Across the full group of respondents, of the six sections of Form CRS, two clearly stood out for being rated as “most informative” by a majority of respondent —“Relationships/Services” and “Fees/Costs.”Read more >
Products, Deals and People
VALIC Revamps Retirement Plan Monitoring and Administration Website
With plan data and trends accessible anytime from a variety of devices, plan sponsors will be able to tailor strategies to help drive enhanced retirement-readiness outcomes for their employees.Read more >
2021 Recordkeeping Survey

2021 Plan Sponsor of the Year
New Financial Audit Rule Increases Requirements for Plan Sponsors
Investment Product and Service Launches
The Standard Grows Stable Value Fund Options, and First Trust Creates Dow Jones International Internet ETF.Read more >
Economic Events

In the week ending November 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance was 214,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week’s revised level of 215,000, the Labor Department reported. The four-week moving average was 213,750, a decrease of 250 from the previous week’s revised average of 214,000.

The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 4.94%, up from 4.83% one week ago, according to Freddie Mac. The average interest rate for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage is 4.33%, up from 4.23%.

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Market Mirror

Thursday, the Dow was up 10.92 points (0.04%) at 26,191.22, the NASDAQ lost 39.87 points (0.53%) to finish at 7,530.89, and the S&P 500 decreased 7.06 points (0.25%) to 2,806.83. The Russell 2000 was down 3.95 points (0.25%) at 1,578.21, and the Wilshire 5000 closed 89.14 points (0.31%) lower at 28,962.56.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 2/32, increasing its yield to 3.244%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 4/32, bringing its yield up to 3.436%.

Benefits & Administration
Debt Needs to Be Addressed Before Retiring
Forty-two percent of Americans surveyed by GOBankingRates said they would save more for retirement if they could eliminate their debt. Those closest to retirement—Baby Boomers (55%)—are more apt to say they would save more for retirement if they could pay off their debt, followed by adults ages 45 through 54.Read more >
From the Magazine
Fund Change
Over the past 30 years, defined contribution (DC) plans have become the primary source of retirement income for many American workers. Plan sponsors, accordingly, must acknowledge the importance of a well-designed DC plan, observes Joel Lieb, director of defined contribution at consultants SEI in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Meeting this goal requires understanding work force demographics and income liabilities, designing an optimal selection of investments that takes those into account and presenting it to participants in a way that guides the best choices. Off-the-shelf investment products based in mutual funds may not be a good fit, Lieb notes. “DC plans can bring better outcomes to participants at a lower cost to the plan by employing white label options and collective investment trusts [CITs].”Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1857, the “Atlantic Monthly” first appeared on newsstands. In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt left for Panama to see the progress on the new canal. It was the first foreign trip by a U.S. president. In 1935, United Mine Workers President John L. Lewis and other labor leaders formed the Committee for Industrial Organization. In 1961, the Professional Golfer’s (PGA) eliminated its “caucasians only” rule. In 1965, the great Northeast blackout occurred as several states and parts of Canada were hit by a series of power failures lasting up to 13 1/2 hours. In 1976, the U.N. General Assembly approved ten resolutions condemning the apartheid government in South Africa. In 1979, the United Nations Security Council unanimously called upon Iran to release all American hostages “without delay.” Militants, mostly students, had taken 63 Americans hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, on November 4. In 1982, Sugar Ray Leonard retired from boxing. In 1989, Communist East Germany opened its borders, allowing its citizens to travel freely to West Germany. In 1990, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a non-aggression treaty with Germany. In 2004, First Lady Laura Bush officially reopened Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House to pedestrians.

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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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