October 19, 2012

by The Morning Pulse

401(a)/(k) / 403(b) / 457(b) RETIREMENT PLANS

 Building better 401(k)s

 Defined contribution participation rises as IRAs decline

The Case For ETFs in 401(k) Plans

 Increased Volitility Raises Retirement Worries Boosting Need for Advisors: Natixis

 What Can U.S. DC Plans Learn from the Rolling Stones?

 Have Target-Date Funds Failed? Are Income Guarantees the Answer?

 Investors Need Boost in Retirement Savings

Temporary Uplift to Discount Rate Could See Deficits Decline By Billions

 Retirement Picture Rosier for Health Care Workers

Create Your Own Paycheck: Generating Income During Retirement

RMDs a Viable Draw-Down Strategy

 PENSION PLANS

 Pension Funding and Growth: A ‘Weak’ Link, at Best

DB pensions need alternative de-risking strategies

 Lawyers Writing About Actuarial Topics — Badly

 Pensions Unite on UK Infrastructure Push

 Should the PBGC Have Control Over Distressed Pensions’ Investing?

 Optimal Corporate Pension Policy for Defined Benefit Plans in the Presence of PBGC Insurance

 Verizon to Move $7.5 Bln Pension Obligation to Prudential

 GASB’s New Pension Standards: Setting the Record Straight

 Russia’s Private Pension Rollback Dismays Investors

 Postal Service overfunding pensions, report says

 Annual Funding for Defined Benefit Pension Plans – Federal Register

 Pensions Disappearing for New Employees at Big Firms: Study

 Retirees take some lumps from lump-sum offers

 THE CAPITAL MARKETS

 U.S. housing starts in September were the most since 2008

U.S. manufacturing posts feeble gain for September

Germany scales back growth outlook for 2013

China’s growth rate eased to 7.4% in Q3

 How To Prepare For Upcoming Fiscal Cliff

 ETF Use on the Rise in RIA Portfolios

Coming up: Leading indicators, Philly Fed

 Index of U.S. Leading Indicators Rose 0.6% in September

 Are Treasurers Benchmarking Themselves to Death?

 Is SRI a Matter of Ethics, Returns or Both?

 With Credit Abounding, Firms Turn To Dividend Recaps for Exits

India’s business climate on revival path: Survey

 Next Generation of Emerging Market Equities

 ALTERNATIVES

 Carlyle Seeks $1 Billion as Private Equity Fills Void

 Private equity firms eye more Asia deals: E&Y

 Hedge Fund Clones: Are They As Good As the Real Thing?

 Are investors getting hosed by the cost of liquid alternatives?

 Investors seeking alts as stock/bond mix fails to excite

 Study finds investor interest in alternative strategies

 Q3 Smiles On Blackstone’s Hedge Fund And Private Equity Units

Hedge Funds Face Wait on Nine Exit in Australia Media Slump

Man Group Outflows Increase to $2.2 Billion on ‘Subdued’ Sales

 HEALTH & WELFARE PLANS

 Consumers will love healthcare overhaul, Dallas lawyer predicts

 Global Private Healthcare Industry

 Will Healthcare Reform Help Big Brokers Steal Your Business?

 How Wal-Mart May Have Just Changed the Game on Health Care

 Best Practices for Health Savings Accounts

 In Health Care Spending, Americans Who Make the Least Contribute the Greatest Share of Income

 Insurance Costs Will Decrease for Small Business Under ACA, Urban Institute Study Says

 $1.5 million HIPAA settlement shows privacy lapses can be costly

Alzheimer’s panel: Screen caregivers, too

 ENDOWMENTS

 2012 Endowment Figures

Dartmouth, Columbia endowments post subdued returns

 Harvard betting on timber for endowment

 Augusta Preparatory Day School raises $1.5 million for endowment fund

 REGULATORY, LEGISLATIVE AND LITIGATION

 Obama vs. Romney on Regulation: DOL Fiduciary DOA? Yes or No to SRO? Borzi Gets Boot?

 PBGC Creating Department of Quality Management

SEC proposes capital rules for derivatives traders

 IRS Announces 2013 Pension Plan Limitations; Taxpayers May Contribute up to $17,500 to their 401(k) plans in 2013

 COMPENSATION AND NONQUALIFIED BENEFITS

 NYSE And NASDAQ Propose New Compensation Committee Listing Standards

 Social Security Yearly Income Cap Will Rise in 2013: Impact on Stock Compensation and Nonqualified Deferred Compensation

 Non-Employee Director Compensation Across Industries and Size, 2012 Edition

 INSURANCE INDUSTRY HIGHIGHTS

 Drought Brings Record U.S. Cost for Crop-Insurance Subsidy

ACE to buy Mexican insurance business for $865M

 Life insurance: Cause or product?

 Marsh: Excess/Umbrella Casualty Rates Rise Again in Q3

 Commercial-Insurance Premium Growth Nearly Three Times Faster in Emerging Markets

Innovation can help insurance industry professionals face challenges

 New European Insurance Rules Could Be Delayed

 BENEFITS TECHNOLOGY

 Healthcare CIOs Opt for the Cloud

Their Business, Your Risk

 Top 10 Tech Trends for Advisors and Their Partners: The Roundup

 Upgrading Your ECM: More and Different Content Creates New Problems

DIVERSIONS: Majority Cloudy on ‘Cloud Computing’