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March 17th, 2021

What Could the SEC Do About Meme Stocks? Should It Do Anything?

Who gets to define best execution? Is T+1 or T+2 better for market stability? What even is payment for order flow? The Senate Banking Committee tackled all these questions and more at a dynamic hearing. Read more >
There Are Many Ways to Lose Clients
There are currently no laws or regulations that explain what specific responsibilities advisers have for protecting participants’ data. It still matters, of course, but it’s not an easy problem to solve.  Read more >
Publisher's Note: Trust Issues
Do small investors feel mistreated by the markets? Read more >
The Errors in One’s Ways
One big mistake, revealed on Form 5500, is sponsors failing to make contributions and company matches on time. The adviser can assist by ensuring that the sponsor coordinates with the payroll provider and that the person responsible for the contributions has named a replacement if planning, say, to be on vacation. Read more >
Congress Says It Will Fix at Least 4 Errors in SECURE 2.0
SS&C Adds Allianz Retirement Income Annuity to DC Plan Platform
As States Add Retirement Programs, Private Providers See Growth
ChatGPT Sentiment Analysis Significantly Outperforms Stock Market Average
Franklin Templeton to Acquire Putnam for $925 Million
The New ‘60/40’ Portfolio?
For DC plans, investment choices available to participants who prefer building their own portfolio should be expanded to include private credit and real assets, to permit greater yield and protection from inflation; globally diversified equity choices should also be increased, says Jamie Lewin, head of BNY Mellon Investor Solutions. Read more >
RMDs, Hardship Withdrawals, Taxes and Your Retirement Plan Clients
Coronavirus-related withdrawals made in 2020 were a financial lifeline for some, but they could also turn into a major tax headache for others. Read more >
Market Mirror
Tuesday, the Dow closed 127.51 points (0.39%) lower at 32,825.95, the Nasdaq was up 11.86 points (0.09%) at 13,471.57, and the S&P 500 decreased 6.23 points (0.16%) to 3,962.71. The Russell 2000 fell 40.65 points (1.72%) to 2,319.52, and the Wilshire 5000 lost 184.17 points (0.44%) to finish at 42,013.85. The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 1/32, increasing its yield to 1.618%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 5/32, bringing its yield up to 2.386%.
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