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October 25th, 2018
Benefits & Administration
Impatience, Financial Literacy Could Be Strong Reasons for Retirement Savings Inadequacy
Researchers set out to determine how financial literacy and impatience (present-bias) affect retirement savings behaviors. “Both financial literacy and short-run impatience play important roles in determining retirement saving, even after controlling for education and income,” researchers say in a study report. They say their results should interest policymakers seeking to determine how to better shape the environment in which individuals undertake saving and investment choices. The results imply that it may be useful to facilitate decision making, particularly among the less-educated, as well as to facilitate people committing to and carrying out long-term financial decisions.Read more >
Generalizations Do Not Show the True Picture for Public Pensions
Looking at the average funded ratio of all public pensions leads to generalizations, but dividing them into groups shows many are doing well, while some will need serious intervention.Read more >
Managing Surplus Funding When Terminating a DB Plan
An article by Brian Donohue, partner at October Three Consulting, discusses how a funding surplus can pose a challenge to defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors’ risk transfer or plan termination actions and what they can do to mitigate this problem.Read more >
2022 Recordkeeping Survey
IRS Updates Life Expectancy Tables for Retirees
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Which are the most northern, southern, eastern and western U.S. States?
Products, Deals and People
Nationwide to Offer HSAs
The solution will allow participants to more efficiently track their 401(k), 457 and 403(b) plans along with their HSA, while offering access to education and investment selection.Read more >
Retirement Loan Eraser Now Helps Those Who Voluntarily Terminate Employment
The product expansion will keep the loan current for an additional three months to allow time for engagement, education and counseling to help the participant take advantage of a post-termination loan repayment program and avoid default.Read more >
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Economic Events
Sales of new single-family houses in September were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 553,000, according to estimates released jointly by the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 5.5% below the revised August rate of 585,000 and is 13.2% below the September 2017 estimate of 637,000.
Market Mirror

Wednesday, the Dow plummeted 608.01 points (2.41%) to 24,583.42, the NASDAQ took a 329.14-points (4.43%) dive to 7,108.40, and the S&P 500 dropped 84.59 points (3.09%) to finish at 2,656.10. The Russell 2000 fell 57.89 points (3.79%) to 1,468.70, and the Wilshire 5000 plunged 900.66 points (3.18%) to 27,378.97.


The price of the 10-year Treasury note increased 16/32, bringing its yield down to 3.110%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond climbed 19/32, decreasing its yield to 3.337%.
Portfolio Implications of Technological Acceleration
PGIM, the global investment management businesses of Prudential Financial, published a white paper that looks deeply at the ongoing technological progress being made by investment managers and retirement plan service providers. The paper discusses the macroeconomic implications, industry implications and portfolio implications of more rapid technological change. Faced with “growing obsolescence risk,” PGIM says there are two concrete steps that institutional asset owners should consider.Read more >
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1812, during the War of 1812, the U.S. frigate United States captured the British vessel Macedonian. In 1854, the Charge of the Light Brigade took place during the Crimean War. The British were winning the Battle of Balaclava when Lord James Cardigan received an order to attack the Russians. He took his troops into a valley and suffered 40% casualties. Later it was revealed that the order was the result of confusion and was not given intentionally. In 1951, in Panmunjom, peace talks concerning the Korean War resumed after 63 days. In 1955, the microwave oven, for home use, was introduced by The Tappan Company. In 1962, American author John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. In 1971, the U.N. General Assembly voted to expel Taiwan and admit mainland China. In 1983, U.S. troops and soldiers from six Caribbean nations invaded Grenada to restore order and provide protection to U.S. citizens after a recent coup within Grenada’s Communist (pro-Cuban) government.
SURVEY SAYS: Arguably, this is one of the most politically divided times in America. With mid-term elections coming up, and early voting ongoing in many states, I’d like to know, do you discuss politics with co-workers, and is it affecting your relationships? You may respond to this week’s survey by 6 p.m. Pacific time today.Read more >
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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