Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
September 10th, 2015
Looking for Award-Worthy Plan Sponsors!
Is your company’s retirement plan run exceptionally well? Is your pension plan well-funded and/or pursuing interesting strategies (whether active or frozen)? Is your defined contribution (DC) plan committee focused on fulfilling fiduciary requirements and achieving successful outcomes for participants? We are now accepting nominations for the 2016 PLANSPONSOR Plan Sponsor of the Year awards. This is an excellent opportunity for you to tell your story and share your successes with peers. We are looking for plans of all types—pension, 401(k), 403(b), 457, public DC, etc.—and of all sizes. You can nominate a plan, or yourself, here.Read more >
Has your plan been improved by the help of a skilled professional? Has an adviser or consultant helped with defined benefit (DB) plan funding or plan maintenance? What about helping design a defined contribution (DC) plan to improve focus on fulfilling fiduciary requirements and achieving successful outcomes for participants? If you know a superb retirement plan adviser you think is worthy of the 2016 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year awards, please nominate him or her! Nominations can be made here.Read more >
Is the UAW’s Demand for Return of Pensions a Realistic Ask?
Deals and People
Voya Keeps Building Government Markets Team With Rehire
Data and Research
Unplanned Financial Challenges Continue to Plague US Workers’ Retirement Savings
Administration & Benefits
Optimism and Pessimism Both Drive American Savers
An informative infographic presented by shows just how conflicted American retirement savers are when it comes to thinking and talking about money issues. On the one hand, more than half of individual investors (56%) in the U.S. say they have a favorable view of their current financial situation. On the other, 57% of workers say they are unprepared for a financial emergency, and when considering retirement and the long term, confidence wanes further.Read more >
Improving Employee Health Fuels Growth of Worksite Clinics
When employers are asked how they plan to control health benefit costs over the long term, they talk about improving employee health, and this is one factor fueling growth in worksite clinics, according to Mercer. Last year, Mercer’s National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans found that 29% of employers with 5,000 or more employees provided an onsite or near-site clinic offering primary care services, up from 24% in the prior year. Mercer followed up with these employers in a new, targeted survey on worksite clinics. Of the 134 respondents, 72% of those whose clinics provide general medical services said that managing employee health risk and chronic conditions is an important objective for the clinic. What services do worksite health clinics provide, and how do employers measure success?Read more >
Products, Deals & People
CIC Plus Offers ACA Reporting
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), any organization with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees that provides minimum essential health care coverage to individuals must report to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and provide covered individuals with information specific to their coverage each year for their federal tax return filings. CIC Plus offers employers the flexibility of providing employees with electronic or printed ACA statements.Read more >
Market Mirror

U.S. stocks fell during afternoon trading Wednesday as an early rally faded. The declines were led by energy companies as the price of oil dropped, according to the Associated Press. The Dow lost 239.11 points (1.45%) to finish at 16,253.57, the NASDAQ decreased 55.40 points (1.15%) to 4,756.53, and the S&P 500 fell 30.43 points (1.55%) to 1,938.98. The Russell 2000 was down 13.51 points (1.16%) at 1,148.25, and the Wilshire 5000 closed 278.56 points (1.34%) lower at 20,516.72.                                                      

On the NYSE, 3.2 billion shares changed hands, with declining issues outnumbering advancing issues nearly 3 to 1. On the NASDAQ, nearly 2.8 billion shares traded, with a more than 2 to 1 lead for decliners.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 1/32, increasing its yield to 2.188%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was up 5/32, decreasing its yield to 2.950%.

From the Magazine
When Procurement Is Involved in the RFP Process
Industry experts stress the importance of having all key people from the plan sponsor’s team involved in the request for proposals (RFP) process, from setting plan goals through the customization of the actual request. Lately, however, there is one group working on many RFPs that has a very limited relationship with the retirement plan. “More frequently, we’re starting to see requests for proposals for retirement plan service providers go through procurement departments,” notes Kathleen Kelly, managing partner at Compass Financial Partners in Greensboro, North Carolina.Read more >
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1608, John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown, Virginia, colony council. In 1846, Elias Howe received a patent for his sewing machine. In 1913, the Lincoln Highway opened. It was the first paved coast-to-coast highway in the U.S. In 1935, “Popeye” was heard on NBC radio for the first time. In 1953, Swanson began selling its first “TV dinner.” In 1955, “Gunsmoke” premiered on CBS. In 1955, Bert Parks began a 25-year career as host of the “Miss America Pageant” on NBC. In 1998, Mac Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
SURVEY SAYS: Recently, we covered a survey that suggests childish behaviors in the workplace are common. This week, I’d like to know, which childish behaviors have you witnessed in the workplace, and can you share a specific example. 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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