November 8, 2012

by The Morning Pulse

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

 Sharpe tells DC plan execs: Make ‘magical thinking’ disappear

 Morningstar: VA product changes in 3Q outpace activity from year-ago period

 Boomers continue to neglect retirement plans, research shows

 Plan Design Decisions for Tax-Exempt Employers

 PENSION PLANS

 Sharpe tells DC plan execs: Make ‘magical thinking’ disappear

 New York Times Employees Keep Pension

 GM’s retiree acceptance of lump sum seen as solid response

 Pension cuts paint bleak future for youth

 Public funds nicked by drop in international stocks

 Plan Sponsors Use Annuity Settlements to Lighten the Pension Load

 US public pensions see 4.67 pct 3rd quarter returns-Wilshire

 Commodities Are Still Attractive for Pension Funds, Gresham Says

 Pension amendment to Illinois Constitution fails

 Developing an Alpha Beta Allocation for Your Company’s Pension Plan

 THE CAPITAL MARKETS

 Energy Prices Increase As Third Quarter Production Volumes Fall

 Today In Commodities: Loonie Looking Bullish

 The Recession Probabilities Index Is Predicting A 100% Chance Of Recession

 Japan’s economy is in recession, data suggests

 ECB is expected to keep rates steady

 Investors hope Obama will address “fiscal cliff” immediately

 How Your Bank Will Evolve

 Helping Clients Ride Out the Coming Fixed Income Storm

 ALTERNATIVES

 Advisers Need Education About Alternatives

 Private Equity Lures Pensioners as Bond Yields Sink

 Hedge Funds Lost 1.9% in October as Global Stocks Dropped

 Hedge Fund Investors Aren’t Benefiting From Expanding Rules: Survey

 You Don’t Have to Move to New York to Start a Hedge Fund

 Hedge fund strategies face continued political risks and market uncertainties

 HEALTH & WELFARE PLANS

 MetLife: most workers want more employer-sponsored voluntary benefits

 Healthcare law faces new road bump in Missouri

 Depressed   Employees Carry Higher Health Costs

Study says heart attacks cost employers $52K in productivity per long-term claim

 Employees Often Overwhelmed by Health Plan Choices at Open Enrollment

 ENDOWMENTS AND FOUNDATIONS

 New Endowment Supports Transfer Students

 REGULATION, LEGISLATION, TAXATION AND LITIGATION

 Court Approves Ending Some Kodak Benefits

 Taxation Of Investment Income In 2013 With Historical Perspective

 Eyeing Tax Relief For Hurricane Sandy Victims

 After Obama Victory, How the New Government Is Shaping Up for Advisors

 COMPENSATION, NONQUALIFIED AND EXECUTIVE BENEFITS

 Changes in private industry compensation costs, September 2011

 Disaster Dilemma: How to Pay Employees Who Missed Work

 Corporate Directors’ Pay Increases for Service on Compensation and Governance Committees

Florida Intends to Raise WC Rates, Address Cost Drivers

INSURANCE INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

Insurance Industry Records Fastest Growth

The Case For Life Insurance Companies

Sandy’s Regulatory Impact Continues

The Election’s Impact on Insurance Issues

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

With profit down, NYSE trims growth goals for tech business

Life as a Healthcare CIO: The Election and Healthcare IT