Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
October 16th, 2019
Editor's Note
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IRS Releases 2019-2020 Priority Guidance Plan
The 2019-2020 Priority Guidance Plan contains guidance projects that will be the focus of efforts during the 12-month period from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020 (the plan year). Listed in the new Priority Guidance Plan are regulations updating life expectancy and distribution period tables for purposes of the required minimum distribution (RMD) rules. The plan also includes guidance on student loan payments and qualified retirement plans and 403(b) plans.Read more >
2020 Awards Nominations Are Open
PLANSPONSOR has opened the nominating process for the annual PLANSPONSOR Plan Sponsor of the Year awards. Nominations may be made by providers, advisers, consultants, actuaries, attorneys, third-party administrators, employees and colleagues, or, you can even nominate yourself. The award is given in many categories to recognize all plan types, so any plan sponsor can be eligible. The deadline for nominations is November 8.Read more >
2022 Recordkeeping Survey
Defined Benefit Plans May Have New Life
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Which are the most northern, southern, eastern and western U.S. States?
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
Sponsored message from John Hancock Retirement
The Value of a TPA
Every year, the day after the Form 5500 filings deadline, John Hancock declares an annual day of recognition for third-party administrators (TPAs). The prime reason for National TPA Day® is to show appreciation for the role TPAs play in the retirement marketplace.Read more >
2019 Target-Date Fund Survey
A preponderance of target-date fund strategies emphasizes the need for an evaluation process.Read more >
Products, Deals and People
Research Briefs Help Participants With Retirement Planning
Employers may provide employees with access to the briefs; however, the briefs also can inform plan sponsors about how to approach retirement planning with retirement plan participants. The latest discusses retirement planning tools.Read more >
Market Mirror

Tuesday, the Dow was up 237.44 points (0.89%) at 27,024.80, the NASDAQ climbed 100.06 points (1.24%) to 8,148.71, and the S&P 500 closed 29.53 points (1.00%) higher at 2,995.68. The Russell 2000 gained 17.87 points (1.19%) to finish at 1,523.30, and the Wilshire 5000 increased 298.54 points (0.99%) to 30,524.24.


The price of the 10-year Treasury note decreased 25/32, bringing its yield up to 1.769%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond fell 29/32, increasing its yield to 2.229%.
Ask the Experts
Controlled Group Rules for Churches
“Are the rules for determining whether churches are part of the same controlled group of employers the same or different as those that apply to other nonprofit entities? If different, what are the rules?”Read more >
Participants Continue Movement Out of Equities
The third quarter marked the seventh consecutive quarter that 401(k) participants have moved their money from equities into fixed income, according to Alight.Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1701, the Collegiate School was founded in Killingworth, Connecticut. The school moved to New Haven in 1745 and changed its name to Yale College. In 1829, in Boston, the first modern hotel in America opened. The Tremont Hotel had 170 rooms that rented for $2 a day and included four meals. In 1859, abolitionist John Brown led a raid on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia (now located in West Virginia). In 1923, Walt Disney and his brother Roy founded the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in Hollywood, California. In 1946, at Nuremberg, Germany, 10 high-ranking Nazi officials are executed by hanging for their crimes against humanity, crimes against peace, and war crimes during World War II. In 1973, Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese diplomat Le Duc Tho were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the Paris peace accords. Kissinger accepted, but Tho declined the award until such time as “peace is truly established.” In 1995, the “Million Man March” took place in Washington, D.C. In 2002, the Arthur Andersen accounting firm was sentenced to five years of probation and fined $500,000 for obstructing a federal investigation of the energy company Enron.



WEDNESDAY WISDOM: “Science may never come up with a better office communication system than the coffee break.”—Earl Wilson, American journalist
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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