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March 25th, 2019

Will Retail ETF Popularity Ever Translate to Retirement Plans?

“The infrastructure of the recordkeeping business was effectively designed prior to the launch of ETFs,” says Brian Kraus, head of investment consulting and internal sales at Hartford Funds. “It was not set up for some of the schematics of ETFs, so I would say there are more headwinds than tailwinds.” Read more >
4Q18 Volatility Wiped Out Funding Status Gains for DB Plans
Pension plans’ funding rose a mere 70 basis points last year, according to Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Read more >
TIAA Enhances Retirement Income Profile Tool
Available to all customers, the tool analyzes an individual’s real-time account information, along with their responses to a handful of simple lifestyle and financial questions, allowing for projections and interactive analysis of retirement income strategies. Read more >
Retirement Industry People Moves
Janney Montgomery Scott acquires Atlanta-Based firm; investment advisory firms join CAPTRUST; CFO hired at PCS; and more. Read more >
Human Interest Offers 3% Cash Back for New Retirement Savers
Franklin Templeton to Acquire Putnam for $925 Million
Retirement Industry People Moves
Congress Says It Will Fix at Least 4 Errors in SECURE 2.0
Vestwell Partners With Payroll Provider Gusto on Integrated 401(k)
Forward Focus
How offering 3(38) fiduciary services can help advisers declutter the investment conversation Read more >
Your Message, Set in Film
Videos are a powerful way to communicate with participants Read more >
Market Mirror
Friday, the Dow tumbled by 460.19 points (1.77%) to 25,502.32, the NASDAQ gave up 196.29 points (2.50%) to close at 7,642.67, and the S&P 500 shed 54.17 points (1.90%) to finish at 2,800.71. The Russell 2000 was down by 56.49 points (3.62%) to 1,505.92, and the Wilshire 5000 lost 620.75 points (2.10%) to close at 28,909.49. The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 27/32, lowering its yield to 2.436%, and the 30-year Treasury bond was up 20.32, lowering its yield to 2.869%.   WEEK’S WORTH: For the week ended March 22, the Dow was down 1.34%, the S&P 500 lost 0.77% and the NASDAQ declined by 0.60%. The Russell 2000 lost 3.07% and the Wilshire 5000 gave up 0.97%
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