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Wednesday, September 08, 2021
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Oshkosh ERISA Challenge Squashed by District Court
Allegations that the company inappropriately favored actively managed funds over passive investment options for its retirement plan have fallen short upon preliminary review in federal court.
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Retirement Policies Feature in Draft Budget Language Going Before House Committee
Budget reconciliation legislation set for debate in Congress gives top billing to universal paid family and medical leave, but key retirement policies also stand out, including a broad mandate for employers to offer retirement plans.  
Today’s Most Read
1. Most Claims Move Forward in Suit Over Aon CITs in 401(k) Plan
2. Northern Trust Accused of Fiduciary Breaches Related to AutoZone 401(k)
3. New Bill Aims to Solve for the Retirement Plan Coverage Gap
S&P Global Finds Little Evidence of 'Greenwashing' of Sustainable Investments
It says work is underway to bring uniformity, clarity and accountability to the environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing market.
How Leaders Are Addressing the Adviser Gender Gap
Although they make up more than half the population, currently less than 20% of financial advisers are women. This raises the question of just what is so unwelcoming about the advisory business.
2021 PRACTICE PROGRESS WEBINAR SERIES
How to Lose a Client (or Not)

Advisers will share their stories of unsuccessful client relationships, with an eye on helping their peers and colleagues avoid similar issues in the future. Beyond some of the obvious issues that can arise, the panel will detail some unexpected challenges and miscommunications that can cause friction in the client-adviser relationship.

2:00 PM 

US SIF Lays Out Steps for Plan Sponsors to Consider Before Adding ESG Investments
The guide also explains how plan advisers can help employers add sustainable funds to their lineups. 
Excessive Fee Lawsuits Expected to Continue to Rain Down on Plans
Settlements have totaled more than $1 billion, making insurers think twice about new fiduciary insurance policies.
Market Mirror Market Mirror Graph

Tuesday, the Dow fell 269.09 points (0.76%) to 35,100.00, the Nasdaq was up 10.81 points (0.07%) at 15,374.33, and the S&P 500 decreased 15.40 points (0.34%) to 4,520.03. The Russell 2000 lost 16.44 points (0.72%) to finish at 2,275.61, and the Wilshire 5000 closed 186.94 points (0.40%) lower at 47,011.33.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note decreased 26/32, bringing its yield up to 1.372%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond fell 32/32, increasing its yield to 1.991%.

Industry Intel Roundup
Featured Thought Leadership
PLANADVISER is pleased to present the next edition of our Industry Intelligence roundup. This week, we are featuring content from thought leadership authorities. The content was created to educate, inform and offer ideas for plan sponsors regarding plan design, investing, administration and compliance.
Sponsored by Franklin Templeton
Voice of the American Worker
Franklin Templeton’s survey results indicate the need for financial wellness personalization.
Sponsored by Securian Financial
The Risk of Ignoring PEPs
Advisers need to be prepared for the evolving pooled employer plan marketplace—or they might face the threat of losing business.
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