Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
February 23rd, 2018
Paycheck Bumps and Tax Reform Present Crucial, Brief Savings Opportunity
During a recent webinar hosted by Broadridge on the impacts of tax reform, experts urged advisers and sponsors to push participants to save—not spend—any extra pay coming in as a result of tax reform. Read more >
California Lawmaker Pushes for State DC Plan Option
A new bill in the California legislature would offer new state employees a 401(k)-style plan in which their own contributions would be fully matched by the state. Read more >
Fidelity Stable Value Fund Suit Gets Final Dismissal From Appellate Court
The court said the plaintiffs claim that Fidelity agreed to overly conservative investment guidelines in a failed effort to lock up all wrap coverage so that its competitors would not be able to obtain such coverage made little sense. Read more >
SEC Extends Deadline for Open-End Fund Liquidity Classification
However, the deadlines for creating a liquidity risk management program and to limit illiquid investments to 15% of a fund’s portfolio remain unchanged: December 1, 2018, for larger fund groups and June 1, 2019, for smaller fund groups. Read more >
DOL Finalizes Rule Opening Door to ESG Investing in Retirement Plans
Advisers Get Long-Awaited Clarity on ESG in Retirement Plans
Plan Advisers Value Trustworthiness, “Personal” Touch from DC Recordkeepers
AARP Finds Major Gap Between Retirement Goals and Preparedness
Financial Firms Looking to HBCUs, “Pipeline” Programs to Bolster Diversity
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DC Plan Investors Stayed the Course in the First Nine Months of 2017
Only 2.4% discontinued contributions, a mere 2.8% took withdrawals and just 1.3% took hardship withdrawals, ICI data show Read more >
Investment Products and Services Launches
Putnam Announces New Pricing for TDFs; First Trust to Launch AI and Robotics ETF; and Vanguard Launches Factor-Based ETFs. Read more >
Market Mirror
Thursday, the Dow gained 164.70 points (0.66%) to finish at 24,962.48, the NASDAQ was down 8.14 points (0.11%) at 7,210.09, and the S&P 500 increased 2.63 points (0.10%) to 2,703.96. The Russell 2000 decreased 1.85 points (0.12%) to 1,529.99, and the Wilshire 5000 was up 7.33 points (0.03%) at 27,980.30.   The price of the 10-year Treasury note increased 8/32, bringing its yield down to 2.921%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was up 7/32, decreasing its yield to 3.211%.
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