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Wednesday, November 03, 2021
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2021 PRACTICE PROGRESS SERIES
Upcoming Webinar: How Has the PEP Marketplace Developed in Year One?
The topic of pooled employer plans (PEPs) has been in the headlines of PLANADVISER Magazine and PLANADVISER.com since the passage of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act in late 2019. With the formal launch of the PEP marketplace in early 2021, this webinar will offer a chance to take stock of how much progress has been made so far.  And, as always, we will consider what comes next.
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Labor Issues Highlight Importance, Evolution of Retirement Benefits
For several decades, U.S. workers have been much less active in terms of union participation, and this has had a dramatic impact on not only wages and benefits within unions, but also on what is happening in the private sector.
Today’s Most Read
1. 6th Circuit Backs Defense in Fidelity Freedom Funds ERISA Suit
2. Olin Corp. Soundly Defeats ERISA Lawsuit
3. Senate Finance Committee Advances EARN Act
Sponsored by Franklin Templeton
Voice of the American Worker
Franklin Templeton’s survey results indicate the need for financial wellness personalization.
IRS Summarizes Retirement Plan Hardship Withdrawal Rules
An updated Issue Snapshot reflects changes made by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 and subsequent IRS regulations.
Fiduciaries Accused of Shortchanging Participants in ESOP Sale
A Department of Labor lawsuit says the fiduciaries allowed the ESOP's ownership shares to be sold for less than market value to benefit themselves and two board member's children.
Op-Ed: ERISA Prudence Demands Healthy ESG Skepticism
Neal Shikes agrees that ESG factors can be an important part of institutional investors’ methodologies, but he also says retirement plan fiduciaries should be skeptical of some claims about what todays’ ESG investments can actually deliver when it comes to confronting climate change.
A Balanced Fund or a TDF?
Weighing their relative merits is an important task for advisers and clients.
Market Mirror Market Mirror Graph

Tuesday, the Dow climbed 138.79 points (0.39%) to 36,052.63, the Nasdaq closed 53.69 points (0.34%) higher at 15,649.60, and the S&P 500 increased 16.98 points (0.37%) to 4,630.65. The Russell 2000 was up 3.74 points (0.16%) at 2,361.86, and the Wilshire 5000 gained 71.57 points (0.15%) to finish at 48,111.71.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 1/32, decreasing its yield to 1.548%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was unchanged, with its yield up to 1.959%.

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.
PLANADVISER Webinar – Financial Wellness sponsored by Betterment
This has been a tough year for U.S. retirement plan participants—and for workers in general. Heading into the year, core inflation was already running above 5%, and it has only spiked since. At the same time, geopolitical events have injected fresh uncertainty into what was already a frothy market, and most retirement investors have experienced substantial reductions in portfolio values. Investment managers say the markets will continue to grapple with the trade-offs between inflation and growth for the foreseeable future.
PLANADVISER Webinar Advisory Firm Culture sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors
Adviser industry leaders engaged in merger and acquisition activity often say a target firm’s culture matters every bit as much as its financials. The topic of firm culture is likewise central to discussions about some of the adviser industry’s most pressing challenges and biggest opportunities. But what, exactly, is firm culture, and what does it take to build a positive and productive environment for staff and leadership alike?
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