May 21, 2013

by The Morning Pulse

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May 21, 2013

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

Employer Match Changes Not Widespread Reaction

Five Tips for Improving Retirement Readiness

Selecting An Annuity Provider: Part II

The Dull Task of Decoding 401(k) Fees Matters 

Advisors find retirement income planning a challenge

DC plan executives divided over keeping assets

Income, Age Key Factors in Retirement Funding Expectations

Improving Retirement Savings Options for Employees

The Impact of an Advisor on Retirement Savings Levels 

How the Selection of a Financial Adviser Can Go Wrong

PENSION PLANS

Stocks surge buoys pension plans, may help restore cuts to services

State workers anxious as lawmakers debate pensions

Euro Tax ‘To Decimate Pensions’, Report Says 

Are Millennials Ready for Social Security Reform?

Ill. Universities Agree to Take Pension Obligations

European pension funds switch out of equities

Massachusetts Eyes Lump-Sum Pension Swaps

THE CAPITAL MARKETS AND INVESTMENTS

U.S. economy gauge for near term turns up in April

Money managers’ incentive pay will rise in 2013

This week’s U.S. housing report is expected to be strongly positive

A Powerful Stock-Price Predictor

Weighing The Week Ahead: Are You Ready For Some Fedspeak?

U.S. drifts toward another debt-limit standoff

Car sales in Europe rise after lengthy decline

Free trade deals could boost economic growth

Regulators can’t keep up with high-speed trading

Fed may ease foot off economic accelerator in next few weeks

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

Hedge funds selling gold after propping market a month ago

Brokers Tighten Sales of Alternative Investments

Japanese Pensions Moving Into Alternatives Overseas

HEALTH CARE AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Retired couples may need $220K for health care

With High Deductible Health Plans, It Pays To Shop Around For Care

Feds Make It Easier for States to Enroll Poor Under Health Law

Senators Seek to End Use-It-Or-Lose-It FSA Rule

Health Spending Slowdown Shows Signs It Will Stick

Employers will keep coverage, despite PPACA, survey finds

ENDOWMENTS, FOUNDATIONS AND PHILANTHROPY

Philanthropy in an Idea Economy

Overhead Costs Pose Dilemma for Charities

HUMAN RESOURCES, COMPENSATION, NONQUALIFIED AND EXECUTIVE BENEFITS

‘Say on Pay’ Push Points to Shortcomings

REGULATION, LEGISLATION, TAXATION, LITIGATION AND PUBLIC POLICY

It’s a Matter of When, Not If: Validity of Class Action Waivers in ERISA Plans To Be Tested

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