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September 6th, 2019

Guiding Anxious Participants Through Rocky Markets

For advisers helping participants understand risk and volatility, offering a little reassurance can be more effective than teaching complex lessons in finance or economics. Read more >
Court Moves Forward Most Claims in MIT Excessive Fee Suit
However, a U.S. District Judge affirmed a motion to dismiss a claim alleging a prohibited transaction between MIT and Fidelity Investments. Read more >
SEC Complaint Dissects Fee-Based Firm’s Revenue Sharing Strategy
The Securities and Exchange Commission takes issue with revenue sharing tied to a preferred broker’s “transaction fee” program, underscoring how fee-based advisers are not immune from allegations of conflicts of interest. Read more >
J.P. Morgan Enables Advisers to Generate Custom 401(k) Pricing Proposals
The firm has launched Price Smart, a digital solution that is now part of Retirement Link. Read more >
Franklin Templeton to Acquire Putnam for $925 Million
Human Interest Offers 3% Cash Back for New Retirement Savers
Congress Says It Will Fix at Least 4 Errors in SECURE 2.0
Smart Acquires Managed Account Provider ProManage
Retirement Industry People Moves
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Investment Product and Service Launches
HighTower advisers have access to Riskalyze solutions; John Hancock announces second round of reduced fees; and Voya Financial releases new TDF solution. Read more >
Mixed TDF Investors Need to Be Prodded to Other Strategies
Participants who mix target-date funds (TDFs) with other investments appear to be more sophisticated, but “it can diminish (or eliminate) the target-date fund’s potential benefit,” says David Blanchett, head of Retirement Research at Morningstar Investment Management LLC. Read more >
Market Mirror
Thursday, the Dow gained 372.68 points (1.41%) to finish at 26,728.15, the NASDAQ closed 139.95 points (1.75%) higher at 8,116.83, and the S&P 500 increased 38.22 points (1.30%) to 2,976.00. The Russell 2000 was up 25.99 points (1.75%) at 1,510.74, and the Wilshire 5000 climbed 392.95 points (1.31%) to 30,407.25.   The price of the 10-year Treasury note decreased 31/32, bringing its yield up to 1.566%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond fell 1 31/32, increasing its yield to 2.054%.
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