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January 15th, 2020
Rate Cuts, Trade Wars and Elections
“We think 2020 will be another year of slow growth—durable enough to avoid recession but disappointing to those looking for improvement,” says Bob Browne at Northern Trust. Read more >
Settlement Agreement Reached in Northrop Grumman 401(k) Case
Fund mismanagement, excessive recordkeeping fees and improper fees to Financial Engines were among allegations in the original complaint. Read more >
Is the 20-Year-Old Amara v. CIGNA Case Finally Done?
A court disagreed with plaintiffs that CIGNA was not following orders when calculating remedies in the case, and the court has now denied a review of that decision. Read more >
Supreme Court Rules Against Northwestern University in Fee Case
Class Certified in 401(k) Plan Trustees’ Lawsuit Against John Hancock
Another Stressed Union Pension to Get PBGC Support
Advisers Can Address Participant Savings Gaps With New Retirement Readiness Calculator
What the Supreme Court’s Northwestern Ruling Means in Practice
Supreme Court Passes on Review of Putnam Burden of Proof Case
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied review of a case in which Putnam Investments was accused of engaging in self-dealing by including high-expense, underperforming proprietary funds in its own 401(k) plan. Read more >
In the Near Future
Just a matter of time before retirement income becomes widespread, experts say. Read more >
Market Mirror
Tuesday, the Dow was up 32.62 points (0.11%) at 28,939.67, the NASDAQ closed 22.60 points (0.24%) lower at 9,251.33, and the S&P 500 decreased 4.98 points (0.15%) to 3,283.15. The Russell 2000 increased 6.14 points (0.37%) to 1,675.74, and the Wilshire 5000 was down 17.18 points (0.05%) at 33,469.91. The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 3/32, decreasing its yield to 1.815%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond increased 28/32, bringing its yield down to 2.276%.
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