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March 24th, 2021

Positive Early Reactions to Walsh’s DOL Confirmation

Trade groups and advocacy organizations representing the retirement planning industry have reacted positively, if cautiously, to the confirmation of Marty Walsh as labor secretary. Read more >
The Tax Distinction
Although many retirement plan recordkeepers, and the advisers who work with them, offer a fairly broad and deep level of financial education, this is not normative, says Don Calcagni, chief investment officer (CIO) with Mercer Advisors in Denver. Read more >
15th Anniversary of RPAY: Ellen Lander
Lander says it was her overwhelming enthusiasm for the business that helped propel the growth of Renaissance Benefit Advisors. Read more >
Continuous Education
Crucial for committees to reflect on, says Summer Conley, a partner in Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Los Angeles, is the volume of defined contribution (DC) plan breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits currently in the courts. “Committee members should know what the issues are and what those mean for their plan.” Read more >
Class Certified in 401(k) Plan Trustees’ Lawsuit Against John Hancock
Another Stressed Union Pension to Get PBGC Support
PPL Corp. and Mass Brigham General Face ERISA Lawsuits
70% of Eligible Employees Have Joined California’s State-Run Retirement Program
Hub Expects Good Retirement Outcomes for American Workers
iJoin, PenChecks Automate Force-Out IRA Processing
The firms say it can replace what has traditionally been a tedious, manual process. Read more >
Coronavirus 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 308.05 points (0.94%) lower at 32,423.15, the Nasdaq decreased 149.85 points (1.12%) to 13,227.70, and the S&P 500 was down 30.07 points (0.76%) at 3,910.52. The Russell 2000 fell 81.16 points (3.58%) to 2,185.69, and the Wilshire 5000 lost 477.83 points (1.15%) to finish at 41,192.87. The price of the 10-year Treasury note increased 28/32, bringing its yield down to 1.631%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond climbed 1 26/32, decreasing its yield to 2.335%.
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