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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.
Editor's Choice
Investing
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.
Investing
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.
Investing
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.
Investing
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.
Investing
Doll Foresees Deepest Recession Since World War II
But the chief equity strategist at Nuveen expects it to be short-lived.
Popular Reads
Deals and People
Empower to Acquire Prudential's Full-Service Retirement Business
The company says it expects the acquisition to benefit retirement plan participants, and, by leveraging new capabilities from its 2020 acquisition of Personal Capital, it will offer a personalized digital experience 
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Deals and People
Prudential Acquisition Aimed at Improving Participant Experience
Empower CEO Ed Murphy says the Prudential recordkeeping team has tremendous bench strength.
Benefits
Giving Employees the Financial Wellness Help They Want
Offering an array of benefits—addressing both physical and financial wellness—and implementing personalized experiences will set employees up with what they need.
Data and Research
Factors That Can Cut the Cost of Fiduciary Liability Insurance
An Aon survey of insurers revealed risks they look for that affect insurability and pricing, but good governance practices have been a key factor for years.
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