July 22, 2013

by The Morning Pulse

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July 22, 2013

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

401(k) industry flummoxed over Yale professor’s 6,000 ‘threatening’ letters to plan sponsors

Yale Professor’s Letter to 401(k) Sponsors: Much Ado About Nothing — or Is It?

DOL: Will Your 401(k) Last You For Life?

2013 Survey of Governmental Defined Contribution Plans

Decisions, Decisions: Choices That Affect Retirement Income Adequacy 

Most Employers Sprucing Up Employee Stock Purchase Plans

Target Date Fund Misses

Indexed funds nab two-thirds of CTFs in DC plans

Time to Change Service Providers?

Making the Case for Stable Value

PENSION PLANS

Detroit files for largest municipal bankruptcy in history

Detroit’s pension boards file suit against Kevyn Orr, governor to block cuts

Verizon Pension Gets Boost From Rising Rates

Norman ahead of retirement benefit curve, unlike Detroit

A 401(k) for Baltimore City?

Municipal pension systems faring better than state’s

Pension Advocates Raise Questions About IRS Rulings on Church Plan Status

Society of Actuaries Responds to Concerns of Teachers Association Over Upcoming Study of Public Pension Plan Underfunding

THE CAPITAL MARKETS AND INVESTMENTS

Jobless Claims See Largest Weekly Drop Since April

G-20 leaders focus on safety nets for financial system

Foreign capital flees India as economy weakens


China tells government agencies to ramp up spending


Default rates are due to increase, credit managers say


Higher U.S. fuel export bolsters refiners and traders


Moody’s withdraws warning of possible U.S. credit downgrade


Amid Recovery, Part-Time Jobs Still High


Underwater Homeowners Stuck in Place


‘Disappointment’ Ahead for Certain Bond Strategies


Treasury secretary: We must end “too big to fail”

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

Hedge-Fund Ads May Lure Performance Chasers

Hedge funds sitting on record amount of capital

Commodity hedge funds suffer longest losing streak on record

Hedge Fund Vs. Index Fund: A Comparison

Hedge Fund Assets Surpass $2.4 Trillion, Number Of Funds Surpasses 10000

Fitch: U.S. P&C insurers’ investing in alternatives set to increase

PE Waits for the World’s Biggest Public Pension to Make its Move

Private equity investment trusts are perking up again after crisis

HEALTH CARE

House Votes to Delay Two ACA Requirements

Trends in Employment-Based Coverage Among Workers, and Access to Coverage Among Uninsured Workers, 1995-2012 

Actuaries Says ACA’s Impact Will Vary Substantially Across State Lines

Many Insurance Brokers Not Confident in Future of Their Industry, Yet Study Points to Increasing Opportunities from ACA

For a Long and Healthy Life, It Matters Where You Live

Treasury defends mandate delay

Health care exchanges could lower premiums – if they’re bought

ENDOWMENTS, FOUNDATIONS AND PHILANTHROPY

Young Donors Want Web Sites To Show Results

Millennials Aren’t Millionaires, But We’re Great Philanthropists

Philanthropy Impact: US giving rises to $316 billion in 2012

HUMAN RESOURCES,  COMPENSATION, NONQUALIFIED AND EXECUTIVE BENEFITS

Employees favor companies that offer voluntary benefits

Survey: Over half of global HR leaders feel overwhelmed by organizational complexity

Companies respond to CEO pay story

REGULATION, LEGISLATION, TAXATION, LITIGATION AND PUBLIC POLICY

Council Requests Guidance on DOMA Changes
Fee Disclosure Still Has a Ways to Go

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, defined contribution and nonqualified retirement plan experience consulting to private, public/governmental, not-for-profit, higher education, healthcare 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 and implementing communication and education strategies for his clients.

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