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Event
Webinar Today: Communicating to Boost Participant Engagement
Webinar Today: Communicating to Boost Participant Engagement
Join PLANSPONSOR and industry sources at 2:00 p.m. ET today as they discuss how to determine what education and communication is needed by employees; ways to target communications to different employee groups; and ideas for making communications actionable.
Data and Research
Participants Missing the Full Match Remains a Big Problem
A new survey shows there are several reasons employees decide not to contribute to their retirement plans.
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Research
2021 DC Plan Benchmarking Survey
Data and Research
Working Past Age 65 May Seem Like a Great Idea …
Data and Research
2022 Retirement Industry Trends to Follow
Market Mirror
Wednesday, the Dow closed 152.03 points (0.43%) higher at 35,609.34, the Nasdaq was down 7.41 points (0.05%) at 15,121.68, and the S&P 500 was up 16.56 points (0.37%) at 4,536.19. The Russell 2000 gained 13.85 points (0.61%) to finish at 2,289.77, and the Wilshire 5000 increased 175.61 points (0.37%) to 47,235.57.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 2/32, increasing its yield to 1.658%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 32/32, bringing its yield up to 2.132%.
Compliance
Parties in Church Plan Lawsuit Finally Get Preliminary Approval of Settlement
A judge found the interests of a subclass of terminated, vested participants were adequately protected in a newly proposed settlement.
Plaintiffs Ask Supreme Court to Take Up Case Against CalSavers
They say ERISA pre-empts the state-run retirement program, therefore invalidating it, but that argument has been previously rejected by both an appellate and a district court.
Products
Transamerica Offers Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Accounts
The benefit offers more flexibility for employees and employers, a survey finds.
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1797, “Old Ironsides,” the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, was launched in Boston’s harbor. In 1879, Thomas Edison invented the electric incandescent lamp. It would last 13 1/2 hours before it would burn out. In 1959, in New York City, the Guggenheim Museum was opened to the public. In 1967, in Washington, D.C. nearly 100,000 people gathered to protest the American war effort in Vietnam. In 1980, the Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series. In 1998, the New York Yankees set a major league baseball record of 125 victories for the regular and postseason combined. In 1998, cancer specialist Dr. Jane Henney became the FDA’s first female commissioner.
SURVEY SAYS: A survey has found 60% of companies with employees who work remotely are using monitoring software to track employee activity and productivity. They are doing so by using software that monitors web browsing and application use, captures random screenshots, blocks content and applications and/or logs keystrokes. This week, I’d like to know, is your employer monitoring remote employee activity and productivity, and how do you feel about this practice? You may respond to this week’s survey by 6 p.m. Pacific time today. All responses are anonymous.
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