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July 29th, 2020

Why to Consider Minority Stake PE Investments

Minority stake investments made by private equity firms are common in some industries. Might the registered investment adviser space be next? Read more >
Appeals Court Hands Wells Fargo Another Win in Stock Drop Case
The case represents yet another example of ‘stock drop’ litigation that has failed to make it beyond the pleading stage after the influential Supreme Court ruling in a case known as Dudenheoffer. Read more >
SEC Charges VALIC Financial Advisors With Deceptive Sales Practics
The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Houston-based VALIC Financial Advisors Inc. in a pair of actions for failing to disclose to teachers and other investors practices that generated millions of dollars in fees and other financial benefits for VFA. Read more >
T. Rowe Price: 401(k) Participation Nears 80%
What is particularly encouraging is that 37% of plans on T. Rowe Price’s platform automatically enroll their participants at a 6% or higher deferral rate. Read more >
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An Uptick in Customer Arbitration?
The Dow Jones peaked at 29,569 this February 20—dropping to a low of 18,213 on March 23 due to fears over the novel coronavirus. Although the market has recovered some, certain investors will have lost money, as a result of this general market decline.  Read more >
A Case for Both
The merits of passive vs. active management. Read more >
Compliance When It’s Tough
Under normal circumstances, running a retirement plan requires attention to detail to avoid mistakes, but in today’s environment the task is even trickier. Consider the wildly fluctuating investment market, companies and staff learning new processes in order to work remotely, the new regulations for loans and distributions. Read more >
Market Mirror
Tuesday, the Dow was down by 205.49 points (0.77%) to close at 26,379.28, the NASDAQ shed 134.18 points (1.27%) to end at 10,402.09, and the S&P 500 ticked downward by 20.97 points (0.65%) for a 3,218.44 close. The Russell 2000 was down by 14.90 points (1.00%) to finish at 1,469.76, and the Wilshire 5000 lost 236.59 points (0.72%) to fall to 32,849.74. The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up by 3/32, decreasing its yield to 0.583%, and the price of the 30-year Treasury bond was up 11/32, lowering its yield to 1.217%. 
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