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Many DB Plan Sponsors Adjusting LDI Strategies
Many DB Plan Sponsors Adjusting LDI Strategies
Defined benefit plan sponsors have positive views of the direction interest rates will take and of equity markets, but they remain wary of how a continued pandemic will impact their plans.
Shining a Light on What Participants Want
The appeal and success of fintech companies could influence defined contribution plan design.
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2021 DC Plan Benchmarking Survey
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Working Past Age 65 May Seem Like a Great Idea …
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2022 Retirement Industry Trends to Follow
Economic Events
New orders for manufactured durable goods in September decreased $1.0 billion or 0.4% to $261.3 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced. This decrease, down following four consecutive monthly increases, followed a 1.3% August increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.4%. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 2.0%. Transportation equipment, down two of the last three months, drove the decrease, $1.8 billion or 2.3% to $77.7 billion.
Market Mirror
Wednesday, the Dow closed 266.10 points (0.74%) lower at 35,490.69, the Nasdaq was virtually unchanged at 15,235.84, and the S&P 500 decreased 23.11 points (0.51%) to 4,551.68. The Russell 2000 fell 43.58 points (1.90%) to 2,252.49, and the Wilshire 5000 lost 374.04 points (0.79%) to finish at 47,186.58.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note increased 28/32, bringing its yield down to 1.540%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond climbed 2 1/32, decreasing its yield to 1.948%.
Employers Should Stress the ‘Savings’ in HSA Education
An Alegeus open enrollment study finds employees don’t understand how HSAs fit into a long-term retirement savings strategy and only 17% invest HSA funds for growth.
Governance Basics Every Plan Sponsor Should Know
Mindy Zatto and Leslie Olds, with Strategic Benefits Advisors, discuss retirement plan committee structure and the importance of focusing on more than just investments.
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1636, Harvard College was founded in Massachusetts. The original name was Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was the first school of higher education in America. In 1793, Eli Whitney applied for a patent for his cotton gin. In 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland. In 1919, Congress passed the Volstead Act over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. The Volstead Act provided for the enforcement of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, also known as the Prohibition Amendment. In 1949, President Harry Truman swore in Eugenie Moore Anderson as the U.S. ambassador to Denmark. Anderson was the first woman to hold the post of ambassador. In 1965, construction was completed on the Gateway Arch, a 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri. In 1998, President Bill Clinton signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act into law.
SURVEY SAYS: The World Series is underway and if the Atlanta Braves continue winning, it could be over by this weekend. However, if the Houston Astros rally, the games will continue into next week. This week, I’d like to know, which team do you want to win the World Series? You may respond to this week’s survey by 6 p.m. Pacific time today.
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