November 6, 2012

by The Morning Pulse

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

 Learn what to ask about 401(k) fees

 Advisers Satisfied With Providers

 ING U.S. Poll Shows More Americans Must Enter the Retirement ‘Race’

 The Impact of PPACA on Retirement Plans

 A Powerful Combination: Target-Date Funds and Managed Accounts

 Required Minimum Distributions May Be Guide for Retirement Payout Program

 PENSION PLANS

 Pension institute shifts strategy

 DB pension deficits hamper investment

 Think-tank: Public sector pension reforms set to fail

 International (Offshore) Pension Plans Are Growing Trend

 1 in 6 retired lawmakers get six-figure pensions

 Public sector pensions to cost UK households £1230 a year

 Following San Diego’s Lead, Would Move to 401(k) Program by Los Angeles Be Sign of a Trend?

 THE CAPITAL MARKETS

 Here’s What The Economic Data Is Telling Us About The Economy Right Now

The S&P 500, Dow And Nasdaq Since Their 2000 Highs

 US employment data indicates recovery

 How Deep Is The Hole? The Federal Reserve And Housing

 “Fiscal cliff” could add $3,700 to 26M households’ tax bill

 Angela Merkel: Euro Crisis Will Last Another 5 Years

China Services Gains Bolster Signs Growth to Rebound: Economy

 THE ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Manufacturing, mining data may be dismal

Investors pile money back into U.S. equities

Transition Management Practices Out-of-Date, Industry Veteran Says

 ALTERNATIVES

 Consistent performers shine through in annual private equity rankings

 End of the affair for hedge funds and oil? John Kemp

 Dutch Pension System To Cut Hedge Fund Allocations

 Hedge Funds Reduce Bullish Bets Most in Five Months: Commodities

 UCITS Hedge Funds Reach $175 Billion in October.

 Five hedge funds that share sound performance

 Heads We Win, Tails You Lose: Hedge Funds Love Greek Bonds

 Private Equity Having a Hard Time Defending Itself as Pension Fund Investment?

 The Role of Risk in Portfolio Investment Asset Allocation

 Hedge funds cut dollar short positions

 HEALTH & WELFARE PLANS

 Employers Hit by Rising Health Costs Look to High-Deductible Plans

 Petition Calls for Hurricane Sandy First Responder Health Benefits

 Health-Care Law Spurs a Shift to Part-Time Workers

 A new look at patient communications in outcomes-driven healthcare

 Will PPACA exchanges bring new E&O headaches?

 ENDOWMENTS AND FOUNDATIONS

UBS Advisor to Foundations: Risk Up or Wither

 KU Endowment offers loans for students

 REGULATION, LEGISLATION, TAXATION AND LITIGATION

 DOL Investigations of Service Providers

 PBGC Announces Shutdown Enforcement Changes

 Amounts Owed to Plans for Fiduciary Breaches Not Dischargeable in Personal Bankruptcy

 IRS Provides Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Sandy; Return Filing and Tax Payment Deadline Extended to Feb. 1, 2013

 COMPENSATION, NONQUALIFIED AND EXECUTIVE BENEFITS

 9 compensation myths cracked

 Think Tank Recommends Ways to Rein in Military Pay, Benefits

 OSU doubled executive pay under Gee

 INSURANCE INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

 Insurance Companies Rethink Business After Sandy

 Insurers turn to actuaries to save the risk-laden industry

 Equity Analysts Expect Higher Profitability from Insurers Despite Difficult Market Conditions, According to Accenture Survey

Karen Clark & Co.: Sandy’s Wind Damage Alone to Cause $12B in Insured Losses

Salvaging Flood Disasters Without Insurance

Moody’s: increase in capital rules is credit positive for U.S. life insurers

Although Toll Rises, Sandy’s “Manageable” for Insurers

Why You Shouldn’t Worry if Your Insurer Fails

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Healthcare Finally Moving Past Wang-Like Legacy Systems