Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
October 2nd, 2018
Benefits & Administration
Managing Growing PBGC Premiums
How do plan sponsors do that, and have they already taken steps to do so?Read more >
Using Detailed Plan and Participant Analytics Can Improve Retirement Readiness
Willis Towers Watson believes plan-wide statistics on mean or median participation rates, balances or contribution rates measure aggregate data on all participants but offer little in the way of insight into retirement adequacy and meaningful benchmarks for individuals or segments of the population. The firm offers an example of how more detailed analytics will help plan sponsors develop objectives and an overall plan strategy that foster retirement readiness.Read more >
PLANSPONSOR Defined Contribution Survey Open
Sponsors of defined contribution (DC) plans are invited to respond to our annual DC Survey. The survey is our largest and most important research project of the year, but we need your help for it to be a success. Please consider responding by the October 5 deadline.Read more >
Industry Voices
HSAs: An Increasingly Important Retirement Benefit to Consider
Sue Walton, senior retirement strategist, Capital Group Retirement Strategy Group, discusses how and why health savings accounts (HSAs) should be promoted as a way to save for retirement expenses.Read more >
House Committee Approves Bill Aimed at Increasing Retirement Plan Coverage
Working Past Age 65 May Seem Like a Great Idea …
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Residents of the Island of Misfit Toys
Employees Don’t Want ‘All or Nothing’ When It Comes to Guaranteed Lifetime Income
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
Economic Events
Construction spending during August was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,318.5 billion, 0.1% above the revised July estimate of $1,317.4 billion, the Census Bureau reported. The August figure is 6.5% above the August 2017 estimate of $1,237.5 billion. During the first eight months of this year, construction spending amounted to $862.0 billion, 5.3% above the $818.7 billion for the same period in 2017.
Market Mirror

Yesterday, the Dow gained 192.90 points (0.73%) to finish at 26,651.21, the NASDAQ was down 9.05 points (0.11%) at 8,037.30, and the S&P 500 increased 10.61 points (0.36%) to 2,924.59. The Russell 2000 fell 23.58 points (1.39%) to 1,672.99, and the Wilshire 5000 was up 19.50 points (0.06%) at 30,279.31.


The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 7/32, increasing its yield to 3.087%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 18/32, bringing its yield up to 3.238%.
Sponsored message from TIAA
Strategies to help recruit, retain and retire employees
You can help strengthen your workforce and manage unexpected costs by focusing on three key areas.Read more >
Sponsors Must Submit IRS Voluntary Correction Program Docs Digitally
According to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Revenue Procedure 2018-52, in general, beginning April 1, 2019, plan sponsors must use the website when filing a voluntary correction program (VCP) submission and paying applicable user fees.Read more >
From the Magazine
TDF Analysis: The Next Generation
A point-in-time analysis of target-date funds (TDFs) can give some insight into fund usage.Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1870, Rome was made the capital of Italy. In 1876, the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas opened. It was the state’s first venture into public higher education. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed. In 1948, the first automobile race to use asphalt, cement and dirt roads took place in Watkins Glen in New York. It was the first road race in the U.S. following World War II. In 1950, “Peanuts,” the comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz, was published for the first time in seven newspapers. In 1955, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” debuted on CBS-TV. In 1959, “The Twilight Zone” debuted on CBS-TV. In 1962, U.S. ports were closed to nations that allowed their ships to carry arms to Cuba, ships that had docked in a socialist country were prohibited from docking in the United States during that voyage, and the transport of U.S. goods was banned on ships owned by companies that traded with Cuba. In 2001, NATO, for the first time, invoked a treaty clause that stated that an attack on one member is an attack on all members. The act was in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.



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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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