November 19, 2012

by The Morning Pulse

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

 A 401(k) That Promises Income for Life

Fewer Companies Offer Matching Contributions to 401(k) Plans

Psychology Matters

Why rising 401(k) balances may not be enough

Defined Contribution Plan Participants’ Activities, FIrst Half 2012

Those target-date mutual funds? They’re gliding the wrong way

Investors Lowering Expectations for Retirement Lifestyles

DC Participants Maintain Status Quo

Middle-Aged Americans View Retirement as Old School

What retirement savers can gain from WeightWatchers

The 401(k) Paper Chase: AARP Fights for Continued Use of Hard-Copy Participant Communication

Gen X/Gen Y Surpassing Boomers in 401(k) Plan Participation

After a Corporate Merger, Confronting the Woes of Merging Retirement Plans

Recipe for Success: Retirement Savers Can Learn from WeightWatchers

 PENSION PLANS

Political Boost for London Pensions Merger

Hostess Brands to terminate pension plan as part of liquidation

Postal Service pension surplus shrinks as Donahoe renews call for legislation

Scranton’s pension funds woefully underfunded

Sovereign annuities – bringing new hope for defined benefit pension schemes

Move to Fair-Value Pension Accounting Gathers Steam

A solution to close the funding gap

2008 crash weighs on Oregon public pension fund

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. running $34 billion deficit

Defined Benefit Plan Structures in Large Law Firms: Not All Plans Are Created Equally

Fewer pension plans use liability-driven investment strategies

Government Finance Officers Association Recommends Best Practices for Pension Obligation Disclosure

Census Bureau Reports Increase of 13.2 Percent for State and Local Government Pension Funds in 2011

DB to DC Switch Negatively Affects Public Work Force

Multiemployer Plan Erred by Not Using Actuary’s ‘Best Estimate’ of Funding Shortfall to Compute Withdrawal Liability

THE CAPITAL MARKETS

Economic Data Continues To Support Bear Thesis

Eurozone falls back into recession

Roubini Applauds Europe, Warns of Perfect Storm Potential

China’s Next Step on Yuan Is Convertibility, Zhou Says

2-Month Spike In CPI Appears To Have Run Its Course; Deflation Risk Nosedives On Election Outcome

Fed Push to Tie Zero-Rate to Economic Goals Faces Doubts

Inflation may accelerate to 8.2 per cent by December: Morgan Stanley

Bernanke: Tight lending standards threaten housing market

Sandy sends U.S. jobless claims soaring

The Fiscal Cliff And Its Effect On Your Portfolio

A Bullish Neil Hennessy Thinks Now Is the Time for Equities

Investors Seek Higher-Risk Bond Funds

ALTERNATIVES

The Takeaway: An alt asset class plunges, mutual funds to go red and blue, and more

Private equity marketing rules, schmarketing rules

Why Funds Are Betting Against Japan Inc.

Asian Hedge Fund Industry Gets Crowded

Cuts push bankers to hedge funds

Gulf Arab Private Equity sector picking up: expert

4 Stocks That Hedge Funds Bought

Are Hedge Funds Still Interested in Gold?

Asian hedge fund industry expands to record number of funds

4 Undervalued Semiconductor Stocks Being Sold By Hedge Funds

S’pore attractive to smaller hedge funds despite tighter rules

HEALTH & WELFARE PLANS

Obama Administration Extends Deadline for State Health Insurance Exchanges

Insurers collaborate as LTD coverage gap grows

States Make Decisions on Health Insurance Exchanges

Health care stakeholders reflect, prepare to tackle ‘cost monster’

2 more GOP governors say no to healthcae law’s exchanges

Popular Health-Care Funds May Extend Run

Why Employers’ Reported Health Benefit Cost Growth of 4.1% Is a Fraud

The Growing Budget Cost of Insurance Subsidies in the Affordable Care Act

Importance of the Health Spending Trend

More Regs Expected Soon on Health Law

Some Employers Providing Fixed Sum for Health Benefits, Requiring Employees to Choose Type of Coverage

ENDOWMENTS AND FOUNDATIONS

SAU students, programs benefit from new campus endowments

Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority adds $1M to regional assets endowment

REGULATION, LEGISLATION, TAXATION, LITIGATION AND PUBLIC POLICY

The Fight to Retain Retirement Plan Tax Advantages

Participants Suing Plan Fiduciaries Are Themselves Sued as Co-Fiduciaries

Stepping in Where SEC Failed, FSOC Pitches Money Market Fund Reforms

Text of IRS Announcement 2012-44: Special Rules for Loans and Distributions From Retirement Plans to Hurricane Sandy Victims

The Modern ESOP and Fair Market Value After the End of Tax Cuts

Simpson, Bowles: To Fix Fiscal House, ‘We Need Patriots, Not Panderers’

Is Apple’s Stock Price Being Hit By The Fiscal Cliff?

COMPENSATION, NONQUALIFIED AND EXECUTIVE BENEFITS

A Change in Carrots, Without a Stick

Trends In Stock Options, Restricted Stock and RSUs for Company Board Members

Companies Focus on Executive Pay for Performance

CBO spotlights military raises, benefits for potential debt-deal cuts

Significant recent developments in compensation and benefits

Wall Street Bonuses Cut

INSURANCE INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

President to Ask for NFIP Borrowing Increase

Access to life insurance for working Americans has disappeared

Moody’s: Personal Lines Insurers Can Withstand Sandy Losses; Rate Increases to Continue

Allstate Says Sandy Cat Losses to Exceed $150M

BANKING HIGHLIGHTS

Greek banks face extra monitoring in return for aid

UK bank bailout money ‘may never be recovered’: Report

Banks may shrink for good as layoffs near 160000

Spain Suicides Spark Anti-Eviction Law That Risks More Bank Losses

For Banking Regulations, Simpler Is Better

Bad loans at Chinese banks rise $4 bln in Q3-regulator

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Software Issues May Complicate Launch of Health Insurance Exchanges

Wi-Fi and Mobile Devices Add to Cybercrime Cost and Confusion

Social Missteps: Web 2.0 Raises Risks For Defamation, Libel, Copyright And Security Breaches

Claims Execs See Need to Modernize Claims Systems: Survey

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