Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
January 8th, 2020
A Progressive State’s Fiduciary Showdown With the SEC
Critics of the Massachusetts fiduciary rule say it will interfere with the implementation of the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest; proponents say that’s exactly the point. Read more >
Wawa ESOP Case Stayed Until Settlement Agreement Drafted
A judge previously found eliminating ESOP participants’ right to invest in company stock is not a violation of ERISA’s anti-cutback provisions, but forcing participants with balances greater than $5,000 out of the plan may be. Read more >
Active vs. Passive Enrollment
Open-enrollment month, when workers rethink their benefits, might be just the time to remind them to save for retirement. Read more >
DOL Finalizes Rule Opening Door to ESG Investing in Retirement Plans
Plan Advisers Value Trustworthiness, “Personal” Touch from DC Recordkeepers
Advisers Get Long-Awaited Clarity on ESG in Retirement Plans
A Reminder to Avoid Fraudulent Hardship Withdrawals
Financial Firms Looking to HBCUs, “Pipeline” Programs to Bolster Diversity
A New Way to Think About Building a Retirement Planning Practice
In my experience, advisers who sell start-up 401(k) plans close 3% to 6% of the time. Sometimes, the employer chooses a competitor. More often, the employer does nothing because a 401(k) plan is not a good fit for the business. Perhaps the business is too small, or the plan is too expensive. Read more >
Cyberfraud Is Your Concern
Must a plan’s security policies meet the duty of prudence? Read more >
Rolling Into IRAs
A new DC plan may be the better choice when a person changes jobs. Read more >
Market Mirror
Tuesday, the Dow fell 119.70 points (0.42%) to 28,583.68, the NASDAQ was down 2.88 points (0.03%) at 9,068.58, and the S&P 500 lost 9.10 points (0.28%) to finish at 3,237.18. The Russell 2000 closed 4.95 points (0.30%) lower at 1,658.31, and the Wilshire 5000 decreased 76.64 points (0.23%) to 32,988.49. The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 1/32, increasing its yield to 1.827%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 4/32, bringing its yield up to 2.309%.
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