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Wednesday, September 15, 2021
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Proposals That Please
Committees, particularly for plans that have $10 million to $200 million in assets, have become much more knowledgeable about their need for fiduciary services to be supplied by their adviser, says Alexander Assaley, managing principal at AFS 401(k) Retirement Services in Bethesda, Maryland.
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DOL, IRS and PBGC Call for Comments on Form 5500 Revisions
In addition to asking for input on the SECURE Act’s requirements and the current Form 5500, the DOL has published a notice of proposed changes to its implementation of regulations under Title I of ERISA.
Today’s Most Read
1. Creative Planning CIO Jim Williams Dies at 46
2. Social Security COLA Projected at 3.2% Ahead of October Decision
3. Marsh McLennan Agency Sees C-Suite Connection in Retirement, Wealth Advisement
Is Bond Fund Misclassification a Serious Problem?
PLANADVISER wades into the tricky and not uncontroversial topic of bond fund classification, or 'misclassification,' as it were.
TDF Usage Increases as Younger Participants Invest
Fifty-one percent of 401(k) plan assets owned by participants in their 20s were invested in TDFs, versus 23% for those in their 60s. 
Mercer Encourages Employers to Better Support Their Workers
The firm says employee satisfaction tends to trend higher for employers that offer superior benefits.
SEC Sanctions Offer New Cybersecurity Guideposts
One former SEC enforcement leader says actions against several advisory firms that allegedly had cybersecurity failures make a clear case for the use of multifactor authentication—but that’s just the beginning of cybersecurity.
How to Live Well in Retirement
Advisers should heed near-retirees’ post-pandemic values and goals.
Market Mirror Market Mirror Graph

Tuesday, the Dow dropped 292.06 points (0.84%) to finish at 34,577.57, the Nasdaq was down 67.82 points (0.45%) at 15,037.76, and the S&P 500 decreased 25.68 points (0.57%) to 4,443.05. The Russell 2000 closed 30.83 points (1.38%) lower at 2,209.95, and the Wilshire 5000 was down 312.46 points (0.67%) at 46,108.29.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 4/32, decreasing its yield to 1.290%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond increased 1 2/32, bringing its yield down to 1.857%.

Industry Intel Roundup
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PLANADVISER is pleased to present the next edition of our Industry Intelligence roundup. This week, we are featuring white papers offering key insights and analysis about the industry. The content was created to educate, inform and offer ideas for plan sponsors regarding plan design, investing, administration and compliance.
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