May 23, 2013

by The Morning Pulse

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May 23, 2013

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

Plan Sponsors Continue to “Automate” Participant Decisions

403(b) Sponsors Continue to Improve Plan Value

Retirement Savings and Participation on the Upswing in 403(b) Plans

Retirement Planning Should Include More Variables

A 401(k) Menu for Today’s Investing Reality

Groups Praise DOL ANPRM on Lifetime Income as a ‘Good First Step’ 

DC Plan Participants Not Using All Retirement Tools

Finding the Sweet Spot for DC Diversification

An attorney explains where the ‘trail goes cold’ in PBS’ ‘Retirement Gamble’

Stable Value Fund vs Bond Fund vs CDs 

PENSION PLANS

Defined Benefit Plans Outperformed 401(k) Plans During 2011 by Largest Margin Since Mid-1990s

Pension gaps at not-for-profit US hospitals growing 

THE CAPITAL MARKETS AND INVESTMENTS

Single-loan CMBS deals make a big comeback

Debt managers question Europe’s proposed transaction tax

Regulatory Climate Has Tech Companies on Edge

Companies eye operational improvements for working capital

U.S. ETF Assets Crossed $1.5 Trillion Milestone

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

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HEALTH CARE AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Trends in Health Coverage for Part-Time Workers

Health Care Costs Consuming the U.S. Economy

Wellness in the Land of Confusion

Market, Insurers Will Keep Premiums Low, Analysts Say

Loophole in Health Care Law Could Stick Doctors with Tab

Employers Can Minimize Exposure to Obamacare’s Penalties by Offering Low-Cost ‘Skinny’ Coverage

ENDOWMENTS, FOUNDATIONS AND PHILANTHROPY

Operating Support Jumped 83% in 2011

Program-Related Investments Lost Steam in the Bad Economy

HUMAN RESOURCES, COMPENSATION, NONQUALIFIED AND EXECUTIVE BENEFITS

2013 Comp Survey: Finance Pros See Healthy Salary Increase

Executive Use of Company Stock as Loan Collateral Scrutinized

Shareholders Can’t Shoot Down Golden Parachutes

REGULATION, LEGISLATION, TAXATION, LITIGATION AND PUBLIC POLICY

ASPPA Makes Suggestions for In-Plan Roth Rollovers

FINRA chief calls for SEC action on fiduciary rule

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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