January 7, 2013

by The Morning Pulse

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January 7, 2013

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

Fiscal cliff bill would reduce 401(k) taxes, ease fund transfers

According to ICI, DC plans don’t reduce retirement readiness. Really?!

Why Is Age 65 Still a Retirement Peak Despite New Minimum of Age 66 for Full Social Security Benefit?

Retirement Savers Face Their Own ‘Fiscal Cliff’The Benefits of Unbundled 401(k)s

Fidelity research shows defined contribution balances keep growing yet retirement confidence is at an all-time low

Using Behavioral Economics to Educate Employees

Average U.S. savings account rate hovering at 0.21%

PENSION PLANS

Ford sells 30-year bonds to help fund defined benefit plans

Pension Bonds Add Risk to Public Retiree Crisis

Spain Drains Fund Backing Pensions

Canadian Defined Benefit Pension Plans’ Solvency Improves Slightly in 2012

Funded Status of U.S. Corporate Pensions Rises in December

Mary Beth Franklin: No linkage as Social Security stays unchained — for now

THE CAPITAL MARKETS

U.S. added 155,000 jobs in December, unemployment holds at 7.8%

Weekly Unemployment Claims Unexpectedly Jump To 372,000

Examining The December FOMC Minutes

EBRI: Average U.S. job tenure rises

2012 sales in U.S. were best in 5 years, automakers say

Investors pour $7.17B into stock ETFs

Holiday retail sales in U.S. saw solid gains, data indicate

VCs have an appetite for seed funding, but little for later rounds

State Reserve Funds Plundered by Cash-Strapped Governments

Analysis: U.S. joins Europe in hiding from economic problems

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

The 100 Top-Performing Large Hedge Funds

Hedge funds win big with subprime mortgages

Hedge Funds No Longer the Place for Big Profits?

Investors Are Sticking With Hedge Funds Despite Another Down Year

Hedge Funds Up 5.6% In ’12, Industry Grows By $75B

San Francisco: Great for Hippies, Bad for Hedge Funds

Private Equity Fundraising Inches Up in 2012

Fitch says private equity firms may seek new bank exit plans in 2013

HEALTH CARE AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

5 biggest priorities for employer-sponsored health plans this year

Post-cliff, life insurance a tougher sell

U.S. Approves Health Exchanges in Four Republican-Governed States

Healthy Choices

Health-Care Unions Will Join Forces

Flowchart of Employer Shared Responsibilities and Potential Penalties Under the ACA

Consumer Discretionary Health Care Spending: Analysis of Direct and Indirect Out-Of-Pocket Costs to Consumers

ENDOWMENTS, FOUNDATIONS AND PHILANTHROPY

5 Ways Nonprofit Work Will Change in 2013

Opinion: Charity Myths Color Many Donors’ Giving

COMPENSATION, NONQUALIFIED AND EXECUTIVE BENEFITS

How CEO Compensation Affects M&A

CFO Corner – Non-Qualified Stock Options Are Much Better Than They Sound

12 Statistics on Hospital CNO Compensation in 2012

Data Show Wide Range in Pay and Working Conditions

REGULATION, LEGISLATION, TAXATION, LITIGATION AND PUBLIC POLICY

Fate of Dodd-Frank might be decided this year, analysts say

2012-2013 Regulatory Agendas for Employee Benefits Published by DOL and Treasury

Jeffrey H. Snyder
President & CEO
The Morning Pulse, Inc.
jeffrey.snyder@themorningpulse.com
646-484-0188

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