May 10, 2013

by The Morning Pulse

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May 10, 2013

401(a)/(k) / 403(b) / 457(b) RETIREMENT PLANS AND FINANCIAL PLANNING

IRAs, DC Plans Top Retirement Savings Vehicles

401(k) Index Observations, April 2013

More Employees Feel Financially Insecure

Fixed income still important in DC plan design

Healthcare, higher ed nab two-thirds of 403(b) market

Considerations for Fiduciaries Choosing Target Date Funds As QDIAs in 401(k) Plans

Pensions and Politics: Lack of Retirement Readiness Could Mean Big Changes

PENSION PLANS

Moody’s credit agency gives pension overhaul a thumb’s up

Plunging Interest Rates in April Inflate Corporate Pension Funding Deficit by $37 Billion

THE CAPITAL MARKETS AND INVESTMENTS

U.S. Recovers as the World Watches

U.S. asset managers favor emerging market equities 

Studies show that some companies stopped hoarding cash

Major banks get proactive amid regulatory pressure

U.S. foreclosures hit lowest level in 6 years

With Dow over 15,000, advisers telling clients: ‘Curb your enthusiasm’

U.S. produces almost as much oil as it imports

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

Volume of exchange-traded derivatives climbed in Q1

Hedge Funds Are Not Buying Into This Bull Market: Should You?

HEALTH CARE AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Finally, an Rx? Medical inflation plummets

Health Perks Geared to Highly Paid Workers Could Trigger Penalties Under ACA

Understanding the Reasons for Premium Changes Under the ACA

HSA Assets Continue to Surge

Most Employers Use Wellness Incentives, Disincentives

ENDOWMENTS, FOUNDATIONS AND PHILANTHROPY

University Endowments Trim Holdings in US Treasurys

HUMAN RESOURCES, COMPENSATION, NONQUALIFIED AND EXECUTIVE BENEFITS

Executive Compensation Offers Warning Signs of Financial Misreporting

REGULATION, LEGISLATION, TAXATION, LITIGATION AND PUBLIC POLICY

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeffrey H. Snyder is a Vice President, Senior Consultant with Cammack LaRhette Consulting. He has 16 years of broad-based defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plan experience consulting to private, public/governmental, not-for-profit and multiemployer plan sponsors. He is responsible for establishing formal fiduciary review processes, evaluating investment managers and service providers, benchmarking plan features and fees as well as establishing communication and education strategies for his clients.

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