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week ending September 4th, 2020
The market rebound since the crash earlier this year has been good for retirement plan investors. However, the markets are still very volatile, as seen just yesterday when the major indices fell around 3% to 5%. It’s difficult to know what is coming, but using insights from market experts, plan sponsors can evaluate the needs of their portfolios and craft communications to help participants continue to make decisions that are in their best interests. In addition, a recent proposal from the Department of Labor (DOL) about environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments in retirement plans and new products promoting bitcoin as a retirement plan investment add to the considerations for plan sponsors when crafting and evaluating their fund lineups. This edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend includes information plan sponsors may use when making plan investment and communications decisions.
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Equity Analysts See More Volatility and Decent Returns
Asset managers’ mixed outlook on the market reflects the uncertainty and volatility experienced so far this year, though there is more optimism for the rest of 2020 than one might expect.
Inflation Is Not All Bad. In Fact It Is Essential for Growth.
Many find it counterintuitive that the U.S. Federal Reserve would want to push up inflation, but it has some good reasons to do so.
New Normal for Interest Rates Embraced by Federal Reserve
In a speech given Thursday about key policy updates, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the changes reflect the evolution that has occurred in the U.S. and global economy over the past decade.
Volatility Brings Focus on Sustainable Retirement Income
Participants are looking to their employers to offer a retirement income solution, while interest in ESG investing among retirement plan participants continues to increase.
Doll Foresees Deepest Recession Since World War II
But the chief equity strategist at Nuveen expects it to be short-lived.
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Are Employer-Sponsored DC Plans the Best Retirement Savings Vehicles?
The coronavirus pandemic and other factors have called into question the value of DC plans, but experts say they’re still good savings vehicles.
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The Future for ESG Investing in Retirement Plans
The DOL says ESG integration cannot propel financial advancement. Experts say the department is wrong; plan sponsors just need education on implementation.
Excessive Fee, Self-Dealing Charges Filed Against Pentegra-Sponsored MEP
The lawsuit says fiduciaries of the multiple employer plan failed to ensure reasonable fees for administration and investments and acted in Pentegra’s interest by continuing to allow Pentegra to recordkeep the plan.
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