August 15, 2013

by The Morning Pulse

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August 15, 2013

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

Should 401(k) Plan Sponsors Ban Risk Tolerance Questionnaires?

Warning Clients On 401(k) Loans

Target-Date Funds Post ‘Respectable’ Results

Transamerica: Underemployed, employed draining 401(k) accounts

Rekenthaler Comes to 401k’s Defense

PENSION PLANS

The race to de-risk sparks growth for pension practices

Worth the Risk? Pensions Opt for High Yield Debt

Energy through Waste: a New Pension Investment Trend

Pension Funding Ratios Higher in 2Q13

Public Pensions Gain 12%, Most In Two Years

City wins on pensions but more fights ahead

Investor group notches governance changes at 9 companies

THE CAPITAL MARKETS

U.S. consumer spending is picking up, retail data show

Spending cuts hit long-term jobless in U.S.

Money returns to bond market

Can You Have Too Many Bonds?

China accelerates cutback of industrial capacity

More rescue spending awaits Europe

Registered investment advisers’ M&A volume is lowest in 5 years

Small Business Sentiment: Fractionally Higher In Historically Weak Trend

Will The Wealth Effect Lead To Increased U.S. Consumer Borrowing?

Overwhelmed Investment Committees’ Solution: Outsourcing

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

Hedge Funds a Good Diversifier

Hedge Funds Turn From Gold, Other Commodities

Hedge funds continue rising trend in solid market environment

Hedge funds’ registered AUM tops $4 trillion according to SEC data

Hedge funds are back: 70% see positive July returns

Japanese Hedge Funds Up 19 Percent in 2013

Which alternative assets should a pension fund own?

HEALTH CARE

High-Deductible Plans Increase Bad Debt, Hospitals Say

ACA Exchanges May Aid Quality Reporting

Employers Reassess Retiree Health Benefits Strategy

Early PPACA costs fall hardest on small business

PHILANTHROPY

Raising Money in a Changing World

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Regulate banks’ non-executive risk-takers

The benefits of tying executive compensation to sustainability

LITIGATION AND PUBLIC POLICY

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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, 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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