Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
September 21st, 2017
Benefits & Administration
Company Stock Outside of 401(k) Can Help With Financial Wellness
Fewer employers are offering company stock in their 401(k) plans and fewer plan participants are investing in company stock, an analysis from Fidelity Investments finds. However, a growing number of U.S. workers are taking advantage of their company’s employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) to purchase company stock. Employees say they use company stock acquired through their ESPP to help pay down debt, add to their retirement savings, finance real estate or home improvement projects, or simply set aside for a rainy day.Read more >
More HSA Account Holders Have Funds to Roll Over
Of the health savings accounts (HSAs) with distributions, the average amount distributed was less than the average contribution, resulting in balance increases, EBRI finds.Read more >
Health Care Costs, Social Security Concerns Near-Retirees
Future retirees do not have a positive outlook for their life during their golden years, the Nationwide Retirement Institute found in a survey. Only 21% expect that life will be better in retirement. Among recent retirees, 28% said life is worse. Among this group, 78% said it is because of income, and 76% said it is because of the cost of living.Read more >
Millennials Face Same Gender Challenges As Older Generations
Among Millennials, women are making less income and saving less for retirement, Wells Fargo Asset Management finds.Read more >
EARN Act Clears Senate Finance Committee
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
Plaintiffs Rebuffed by Appeals Court in Active Management Lawsuit
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Many States Are in More Than One Time Zone?
TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Meaning and Origin of the Idiom “Watershed Moment?”
Webcast Event
Many employers are exploring ways to integrate healthcare savings with retirement plan savings. Learn how to address this trend and navigate the convergence of health and wealth. Join us TODAY for insights into the following topics: How you can help employees save more and benefit from an integrated plan; Why personalization and integration are so important; and How an integrated approach can differentiate your benefits offering.Read more >
Economic Events
Existing-home sales stumbled in August for the fourth time in five months as strained supply levels continue to subdue overall activity, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales gains in the Northeast and Midwest were outpaced by declines in the South and West. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, retreated 1.7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.35 million in August from 5.44 million in July. Last month’s sales pace is 0.2% above last August, and is the lowest since then.
Sponsored message from PNC
Assess Your Organization’s Retirement Plan With PNC’s No-Cost Evaluation
Your employees deserve high standards, and at PNC Retirement Solutions(r), we believe you deserve the same. That’s why we’re offering a no-cost retirement plan evaluation, to help you build a plan that fits the needs of your organization and employees.Read more >
Market Mirror

Wednesday, the Dow gained 41.79 points (0.19%) to finish at 22,412.59, the NASDAQ was down 5.28 points (0.08%) at 6,457.04, and the S&P 500 increased by 1.59 (0.06%) to 2,508.24. The Russell 2000 was up 5.02 points (0.35%) at 1,445.42, and the Wilshire 5000 closed 26.80 points (0.10%) higher at 26,050.03.


The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 7/32, increasing its yield to 2.271%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was up 6/32, decreasing its yield to 2.808%.
Gucci Retirement Plan Sued for Charging Excessive Fees
The complaint states that Gucci America was “particularly egregious” in regards to offering proprietary funds from its service provider Transamerica.Read more >
Court Finds ESOP Fiduciaries Had No Good Reason to Delay Diversification
A federal court has found that an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) document’s plain language makes the plan sponsor’s decision to not implement participants’ diversification elections in a timely manner “arbitrary and capricious.” The court granted summary judgment to the plaintiffs and ordered their benefits be paid along with prejudgment interest.Read more >
Essentia Health ERISA Suit Survives Motion to Dismiss
Participants allege the company should have allowed a single recordkeeper to service its traditional defined contribution (DC) plan and its 403(b) plan—and that it permitted excessive fees by paying for distinct administrative services for each.Read more >
Small Talk
ON THIS DATE: In 1893, Frank Duryea took what is believed to be the first gasoline- powered automobile for a test drive. The “horseless carriage” was designed by Frank and Charles Duryea. In 1897, the New York Sun ran the “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial. It was in response to a letter from eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon. In 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” was first published. In 1949, Communist leaders proclaimed The People’s Republic of China. In 1957, “Perry Mason”, the television series, made its debut on CBS-TV. In 1970, “NFL Monday Night Football” made its debut on ABC-TV. The game was between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. The Browns won 31-21. In 1973, Henry Kissinger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become 56th Secretary of State. He was the first naturalized citizen to hold the office of Secretary of State. In 1981, the Senate confirmed Sandra Day O’Connor to be the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1996, the board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.
SURVEY SAYS: It seems that many adults are struggling with basic finances—budgeting, paying off debt and saving. I have seen many suggestions that basic financial education should start when children are in school. This week, I’d like to know, do you think basic financial education should be taught in K-12 schools, and if so, starting at what grade? You may respond to this week’s survey by 6 p.m. Pacific time today.Read more >
Share the news with a friend! Pass the NewsDash along and tell your friends/associates they can sign up for their own copy.Read more >

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


Subscribe to NEWSDash, click here .

To unsubscribe, click here.

BrightScope / CIO / FWW / Investor Economics / LiquidMetrix / Market Metrics / Matrix Solutions / PLANADVISER / Plan For Life / PLANSPONSOR / Simfund