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September 19th, 2019

What Safe Harbors Are Available to Retirement Plan Sponsors?

Safe harbor provisions protect employers from liability. That’s one good reason to understand them.Read more >
CBO Says Rescue Plan for Multiemployer Pensions Won’t Help
For one thing, the Congressional Budget Office projects that about one-quarter of the affected multiemployer plans would become insolvent in the 30-year loan period and would not fully repay their loans.Read more >
Safeway, Aon Agree to Settlement of Excessive Fee Suits
A total payment of $8.5 million will settle two lawsuits.Read more >
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
Vanguard Partners With Candidly For Student Loan Repayment Program
2022 Best in Class 401(k) Plans
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
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Economic Events
Privately‐owned housing starts in August were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,364,000, the Census Bureau reported. This is 12.3% above the revised July estimate of 1,215,000 and is 6.6% above the August 2018 rate of 1,279,000. Single‐family housing starts in August were at a rate of 919,000; this is 4.4% above the revised July figure of 880,000. The August rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 424,000.
Market Mirror

Wednesday, the Dow increased 36.28 points (0.13%) to 27,147.08, the NASDAQ decreased 8.62 points (0.11%) to 8,177.39, and the S&P 500 was up 1.03 points (0.03%) at 3,006.73. The Russell 2000 closed 9.94 points (0.63%) lower at 1,568.35, and the Wilshire 5000 was down 17.97 points (0.06%) at 30,762.68.


The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 1/32, decreasing its yield to 1.794%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond increased 27/32, bringing its yield down to 2.249%.
ICMA-RC Fighting for CIT Availability for 403(b)s
Sponsors of 403(b) plans are not able to use low-cost collective investment trusts (CITs) in their plans as are their 401(k) counterparts. ICMA-RC is working to change this.Read more >
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Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1777, the Battle of Saratoga was won by American soldiers during the Revolutionary War. In 1876, Melville R. Bissell patented the carpet sweeper. In 1957, the U.S. detonated a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site (NTS), a 1,375 square mile research center located 65 miles north of Las Vegas. In 1970, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” premiered on CBS-TV. In 1995, a manifesto by the Unabomber, an anti-technology terrorist, was published by The New York Times and Washington Post in the hope that someone will recognize the person who, for 17 years, had been sending homemade bombs through the mail that had killed and maimed innocent people around the U.S.
SURVEY SAYS: Do you think the U.S. is headed into a recession?Read more >
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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