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2020 Plan Sponsor of the Year Award Nominations Are Open
PLANSPONSOR has opened the nominating process for the annual PLANSPONSOR Plan Sponsor of the Year and Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year awards. The deadline for the Plan Sponsor of the Year Award nominations is November 8.
Benefits
Employers May Have to Ask for HSAs That Allow Investing
Benefit consultants, benefit brokers and financial advisers are generally not counseling HSA participants to invest their funds, a survey found.
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Compliance
IRS Announces 2020 Contribution and Benefit Limits
Compliance
IRS Proposes Update to Mortality Tables Used to Calculate RMDs
Compliance
Congressional Leaders Want SECURE Act Passage in 2019
2019 Participant Survey
Capturing Their Voices: Participants provide valuable insights for plan sponsors
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The Making of a Glide Path
Understanding the Impact of Design Decisions on Retirement Outcomes
Products
Firms Partner to Help Public Employees Save for Health Care in Retirement
BPAS and MOR Strategy Partners have partnered to deliver the Re$erveMOR benefits solution.
Economic Events
The combined value of distributive trade sales and manufacturers’ shipments for August, adjusted for seasonal and trading day differences but not for price changes, was estimated at $1,463.9 billion, up 0.2% from July and up 1.1% from August 2018, the Census Bureau reported.

Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for September, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $525.6 billion, a decrease of 0.3% from the previous month, but 4.1% above September 2018. Total sales for the July through September period were up 4.0% from the same period a year ago. Retail trade sales were down 0.3% from August, but 4.0% above last year. Nonstore retailers were up 12.9% from September 2018, and miscellaneous stores were up 9.3% from last year.
Market Mirror
Wednesday, the Dow was decreased 22.82 points (0.08%) to 27,001.98, the NASDAQ closed 24.52 points (0.30%) lower at 8,124.18, and the S&P 500 was down 5.99 points (0.20%) at 2,989.69. The Russell 2000 slipped 1.76 points (0.12%) to 1,525.06, and the Wilshire 5000 lost 73.33 points (0.24%) to finish at 30,450.91.

The prices of the 10-year Treasury note and 30-year Treasury bond each were up 2/32, decreasing their yields to 1.748% and 2.229%, respectively.
Compliance
Legislation to Help Multiemployer Plans Reintroduced
The bill would funnel money to the PBGC from imposed fees on financial companies seeking a DOL exemption in order to manage retirement plan funds.
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Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1835, Texans approved a resolution to create the Texas Rangers, a corps of armed and mounted lawmen designed to “range and guard the frontier between the Brazos and Trinity Rivers.” In 1888, the first issue of “National Geographic Magazine” was released at newsstands. In 1933, “News-Week” appeared for the first time at newsstands. The name was later changed to “Newsweek.” In 1968, Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos were forced to return their awards because they raised their fists in a black-power salute during the medal ceremony. In 1973, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) began an oil-embargo against several countries including the U.S. and Great Britain. The incident stemmed from Western support of Israel when Egypt and Syria attacked the nation on October 6, 1973. In 1978, President Carter signed a bill that restored full U.S. citizenship rights to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
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