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Wednesday, January 05, 2022
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Increasing Exposures to Private Equity Boosts Retirement Security
Swapping target-date fund equity allocations for private equity investments in defined contribution retirement plans resulted in more participants being able to retire at age 65 without running short of money in retirement, according to new research from the Employee Benefit Research Institute. 
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Basic Market Lessons Reinforced by 2021
Among the takeaways one investment expert has from the year is that structural forces have a large influence on interest rates and may keep them relatively low despite the efforts of policymakers.
Today’s Most Read
1. 2023 Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year Finalists
2. Retirement Advisers Increasingly Want PEP Option in Toolbox
3. With SECURE 2.0, the Cash Balance DB Plan May Be Back
Creative Planning Acquires Berno Financial Management
One of the first adviser industry acquisition deals of 2022 underscores the trend of retirement plan-focused firms and wealth management firms joining forces.
Informational Copies of 2021 Form 5500 Published by DOL
In addition to the Form 5500 informational copies, the IRS has also released the 2021 Form 5500-EZ and related instructions.
SEC Charges Underscore Importance of Digital Communication Management
J.P. Morgan Securities has agreed to pay $125 million to resolve what the SEC calls ‘longstanding failures by the firm and its employees’ to maintain and preserve certain digital communications.
Plan Sponsor of the Year Nominations Close Monday!
The award is given in many categories to recognize all plan types, so any plan sponsor can be eligible.
Market Mirror Market Mirror Graph

Tuesday, the Dow gained 214.59 points (0.59%) to finish at 36,799.65, the Nasdaq fell 210.08 points (1.33%) to 15,622.72, and the S&P 500 was down 3.02 points (0.06%) at 4,793.54. The Russell 2000 decreased 3.68 points (0.16%) to 2,268.87, and the Wilshire 5000 closed 128.55 points (0.26%) lower at 48,660.81.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 2/32, increasing its yield to 1.648%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 29/32, bringing its yield up to 2.057%.

Industry Intel Roundup
Featured Webcasts
PLANADVISER is pleased to present the next edition of our Industry Intelligence roundup. This week, we are featuring webcasts sponsored by experienced providers in the industry. The content was created to educate, inform and offer ideas for plan sponsors regarding plan design, investing, administration and compliance.
SECURE 2.0 Webinar Series: New Plan Creation Under SECURE 2.0
If the SECURE 2.0 Act—which builds on the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019—works as expected, new 401(k) and 403(b) retirement plans will proliferate in the years ahead. The legislation provides tax credits for small businesses that start a retirement plan for their employees; in 2025, it will mandate that those plans utilize automatic enrollment and automatic escalation for qualified employees. These are just some of the provisions whereby Congress is targeting its overarching goal of addressing the nation’s retirement savings gap. Join PLANSPONSOR, PLANADVISER and a panel of industry experts as we discuss: • SECURE 2.0 provisions related to the creation of new retirement plans; • Why existing plan sponsors should care about the rules for newly created plans; and • How SECURE 2.0 can assist advisers and employers in closing the retirement plan coverage gap.
SECURE 2.0 Webinar Series: SECURE 2.0 and Financial Wellness Benefits
SECURE 2.0—which expands on the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019—has gotten attention for its retirement plan incentives and mandates. But the legislation was also designed to attack some of the biggest financial stresses for everyday Americans, such as by allowing for matching contributions toward student loan debt and encouraging emergency saving. These are just two new benefits in the law that employers may use to help boost employees’ overall financial wellness and facilitate saving for retirement. Join PLANSPONSOR, PLANADVISER and a panel of industry experts as they review: • SECURE 2.0 provisions related to employee financial wellness; • Ways plan sponsors can implement new benefits, and how advisers can help them; and • How to determine the best benefits for a plan sponsor’s unique employee group.
SECURE 2.0 Webinar Series: SECURE 2.0 Has Passed. Now What?
At the close of last year, Congress passed and President Joe Biden signed the SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022, which builds upon the most significant retirement plan legislation in more than a decade, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019, or SECURE Act. The new law contains 90 provisions aimed at modernizing the retirement system, encouraging creation of new retirement plans and easing administrative requirements, not to mention prompting plan participants to increase what they save. Most retirement plans will be affected in some way, including those for lower-income workers and small business staff. Join PLANSPONSOR, PLANADVISER and industry experts as we discuss: • The impact many provisions will have on plan sponsors and participants; • A timeline for the issuance of new rules and regulation effective dates; and • What actions plan sponsors must take now to comply with the law.
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