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September 24th, 2019
Benefits & Administration
Plan Sponsors Recognizing Need for Decumulation Choices
A new survey from Alight Solutions indicates more employers are expanding distribution options in their DC retirement plans to help employees with draw down strategies in retirement. Read more >
Variable Arrangements Can Introduce Stability to Public DB Plans
A report presents case studies that show variable benefit and/or variable contribution arrangements “enable all stakeholders to understand how, when, and to what extent contributions or benefits might be subject to formula-based changes, and as a result, enable them to plan for the long-term.” Read more >
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Market Mirror

Yesterday, the Dow increased 14.92 points (0.06%) to 26,949.99, the NASDAQ decreased 5.21 points (0.06%) to 8,112.46, and the S&P 500 was virtually unchanged at 2,991.78. The Russell 2000 was down 1.52 points (0.10%) at 1,558.25, and the Wilshire 5000 slipped 3.09 points (0.01%) to 30,606.43.

 

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 1/32, decreasing its yield to 1.715%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was down 2/32, increasing its yield to 2.171%.

Compliance
Court Rejects Proposed Classes in Nationwide Asset-Based Fee Suit
The plaintiff was proposing a defendant class of all sponsors of smaller 401(k) plans that entered into program agreements with Nationwide through its Retirement Flexible Advantage Retirement Plans Program, and a plaintiff class of participants in those plans. Read more >
From the Magazine
On Target
According to a recent survey from J.P. Morgan Asset Management, while 75% of sponsors are highly confident in their selection and monitoring of target-date funds (TDFs), 30% said they lacked a solid understanding of how their TDFs work. As more and more funds appear in the marketplace, it is increasingly important to be well-informed so you can choose the right one for your plan. Read more >
Investing
Understanding Behavior Biases Can Help Plan Sponsors With Investing Communications
Advisers say being easily influenced by recent news is the No. 1 investor misstep, a survey found. Read more >
Small Talk

ON THIS DATE: In 1789, Congress passed the First Judiciary Act. The act provided for an Attorney General and lower federal courts. In 1938, Don Budge became the first tennis player to win all four of the major titles when he won the U.S. Tennis Open. He had already won the Australian Open, the French Open and the British Open. In 1957, President Dwight Eisenhower sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce school integration. In 1960, the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier was launched. The USS Enterprise set out from Newport News, Virginia. In 1968, “60 Minutes” premiered on CBS-TV. In 1995, three decades of Israeli occupation of West Bank cities ended with the signing of a pact by Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). In 1996, the United States, represented by President Bill Clinton, and the world’s other major nuclear powers signed a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty to end all testing and development of nuclear weapons. In 1998, the Federal Reserve released into circulation $2 billion in new harder-to-counterfeit $20 bills. In 2003, Anthony Hopkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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