Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
October 10th, 2016
Benefits & Administration
More Employers Adopting Value-Based Health Plan Strategies
A growing number of employers seeking to achieve better health outcomes for employees at a lower cost are implementing value-based reimbursement and payment arrangements with their health insurers and medical service providers, according to the 21st Annual Best Practices in Health Care Employer Survey by Willis Towers Watson. In addition, more employers are embracing plan design features that encourage employees to use higher-quality, more efficient and lower-cost services.Read more >
Plan Sponsor Philosophy Can Help With Retirement Plan Decisions
A philosophy can help plan fiduciaries focus on the “why” when making retirement plan decisions and not just the “how,” enhancing their fiduciary process.Read more >
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TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
United Technologies Moves to Offload Some Pension Risk
United Technologies is offering a lump-sum window to terminated, vested pension plan participants and moving some pension obligations to an insurer.Read more >
Products, Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
The Standard hires VP for retirement business; PSCA’s executive director stepping down; USI Consulting Group Hires assistant vice president for Retirement Services; and more.Read more >
Sponsored message from Vanguard
A powerful combination: Target-date funds and managed accounts
Cynthia Pagliaro and Stephen Utkus, Vanguard Center for Retirement Research, explain how a combination of target-date funds and managed accounts can work with all your plan participants.Read more >
Economic Events

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 156,000 in September, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 5.0, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care.

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that August sales of merchant wholesalers, except manufacturers’ sales branches and offices, after adjustment for seasonal variations and trading-day differences but not for price changes, were $444.3 billion, up 0.7% from the revised July level and up 0.6% from the August 2015 level. The June to July percent change was revised from the preliminary estimate of down 0.4% to down 0.6%. August sales of durable goods were down 0.5% from July, but were up 0.7% from a year ago. Sales of machinery, equipment, and supplies were down 2.7% from July. Sales of nondurable goods were up 2.0% from July and were up 0.5% from last August. Sales of farm product raw materials were up 6.7% from last month, and sales of beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverages were up 2.2%.

THE ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Thursday, the Labor Department will issue its initial claims report. Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will reveal the producer price index for September, and the Census Bureau will report about retail sales for September and business inventories for August.
Market Mirror

Friday, the Dow closed 28.01 points (0.15%) lower at 18,240.49, the NASDAQ decreased 14.45 points (0.27%) to 5,292.40, and the S&P 500 was down 7.03 points (0.33%) at 2,153.74. The Russell 2000 decreased 9.68 points (0.78%) to 1,236.55, and the Wilshire 5000 lost 108.48 points (0.48%) to finish at 22,397.43.

On the NYSE, 3.1 billion shares traded, with declining issues outnumbering advancing issues more than 2 to 1. On the NASDAQ, 2.9 billion shares changed hands, with a near 2 to 1 lead for advancers.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 3/32, decreasing its yield to 1.728%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was down 3/32, increasing its yield to 2.460%.

WEEK’S WORTH: For the week ending October 7, the Dow was down 0.37%, the NASDAQ decreased 0.37%, and the S&P 500 finished 0.67% lower. The Russell 2000 fell 1.21%, and the Wilshire 5000 lost 0.79%.
From the Magazine
DB Focus: Alternative Assets Evolve
In the 10 years since the enactment of the Pension Protection Act (PPA), defined benefit (DB) pension plan sponsors have been motivated to shift portfolio allocations. The most notable change has been a de-risking through scaling back traditional equities, with a corresponding increase to lower-volatility fixed income. But plans have still needed to maintain their returns, prompting many sponsors to head into alternative assets such as direct real estate, private equity and hedge funds.Read more >
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1845, the United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Maryland. In 1865, the billiard ball was patented by John Wesley Hyatt. In 1887, Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Company. In 1933, Dreft, the first synthetic detergent, went on sale. In 1959, Pan American World Airways announced the beginning of the first global airline service. In 1965, the Red Baron made his first appearance in the “Peanuts” comic strip. In 1977, Joe Namath played the last game of his National Football League (NFL) career. In 1978, the U.S. bill authorizing the Susan B. Anthony dollar was signed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter. In 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush presented a list of 22 most wanted terrorists.
SURVEY SAYS RESPONSES: Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “If you could listen to ONLY ONE type of music for one full year, which would you choose?” I soon realized that the reason so many responding readers chose “other” (37.9%) was that when inputting my answer choices into the survey, “pop” and “rock” ended up on one line. To me “pop” is not “rock” music, and rock music includes today’s rock (not considered hard or metal) as well as rock from the past. That explains why most readers who chose “other” listed classic rock or rock from a certain decade. Among the list provided, Pop received most votes (13.8%), followed by Country (12.4%) and Contemporary Christian (9.7%). Classical came in fourth (8.3%) and Jazz rounded out the top five (5.5%). Those who left comments expanded on what type of music they liked, which artists and why they liked the type of music they chose. A couple of respondents gave me grief about including Dub Step (which I kind of like, actually). Several included song lyrics in their answers and several opined about how past music was much better than the music now, especially regarding country. Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said: “One of the beauties of music is that there are so many genres to suit so many moods.” Thank you for participating in our survey!Read more >
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

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