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Fiduciary Focus
Mistakes Happen
Common errors that occur and how the EPCRS helps to correct them.
UpFront
Company Stock Is Down But Not Out
Although it's not as commonplace these days, it is an additional equity investment that can diversify participants’ portfolios.
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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
Economic Events
Interest on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.14% for the week ending October 28, up from last week when it averaged 3.09%, according to Freddie Mac. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 2.81%. Interest on a 15-year FRM averaged 2.37%, up from last week when it averaged 2.33%. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.32%.

In the week ending October 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance was 281,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week’s revised level of 291,000, the Labor Department reported. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020, when it was 256,000. The four-week moving average was 299,250, a decrease of 20,750 from the previous week’s revised average of 320,000. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020, when it was 225,500.
Market Mirror
Thursday, the Dow gained 239.79 points (0.68%) to finish at 35,730.48, the Nasdaq closed 212.28 points (1.39%) higher at 15,448.12, and the S&P 500 was up 44.74 points (0.98%) at 4,596.42. The Russell 2000 increased 45.49 points (2.02%) to 2,297.98, and the Wilshire 5000 climbed 531.19 points (1.13%) to 47,717.61.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 2/32, increasing its yield to 1.577%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 26/32, bringing its yield up to 1.975%.
Products
Investment Product and Service Launches
ISS ESG launches another ESG measurement index series; IndexIQ expands thematic ESG exchange-traded fund offerings; and Invesco expands QQQ Innovation Suite with ESG options.
Savings-Focused Fintech Company Relaunches With Elements to Boost Participant Outcomes
Components of the Remotiv platform are designed to increase participants’ efficient use of their retirement plan benefits.
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1863, the International Committee of the Red Cross was founded. In 1929, Black Tuesday hit Wall Street as investors traded 16,410,030 shares on the New York Stock Exchange in a single day. In 1945, the first ballpoint pens to be made commercially went on sale at Gimbels Department Store in New York at the price of $12.50 each. In 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded. In 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered an immediate end to all school segregation. In 1974, President Gerald Ford signed a new law forbidding discrimination in credit applications on the basis of sex or marital status. In 1991, the U.S. Galileo spacecraft became the first to visit an asteroid (Gaspra). In 1995, Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers became the NFL’s career leader in receiving yards with 14,040 yards.

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