August 19, 2013

by The Morning Pulse

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August 19, 2013

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

One Dip Into 401(k) Savings Often Leads to Another

Many Lack Confidence to Manage Retirement Savings

401(k) Investments Harder to Understand Than Health Care Benefits

Putting Hard Numbers on the Disgruntlement of 401(k) Plan Sponsors

Advisers’ help boosts 401(k) clients’ confidence

Early Retirement Forced on Some

Are lifetime income guarantees the ‘next big thing’ for 401(k) plans?

PENSION PLANS

Social Security Expectation Dims for Workers

Towers-Watson: DB plans outperform DC plans

Widening pension gap looms large for Europe’s top firms

Pensions expected to draw more board scrutiny

Pension Woes Hit Trading in Chicago’s Bonds

Social Security — Modest Expectations, an Important Reality

Don’t Count On Government to Do Your Saving for You

THE CAPITAL MARKETS

U.S. Treasury yield hits highest level since 2011

Michigan Consumer Sentiment: A Disappointing Decline

First-time unemployment claims decline in U.S.

Global recovery pressures safe government debt

Foreign investors sell U.S. debt

How to Get Ready for Economic Cycles


Philly Fed Business Outlook: Manufacturing Activity Expanded

Headline Inflation Rises, Driven By Several Components

U.K. retail sales post strongest quarterly gain since 2004

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

‘Alternative’ Investments Draw Flak

Private Equity Preps for Power Plays in US Electricity

HEALTH CARE

Who will plan for long-term care?

As healthcare overhaul nears, many consumers still in the dark

$67M doled out to those aiding others navigate health care

Poll Finds Federal Employees Overwhelmingly Reject Inclusion in New Health Care Program

Many Health Insurers to Limit Choices of Doctors, Hospitals

The Challenge of Helping the Uninsured Find Coverage

Businesses Claim Obamacare Has Forced Them to Cut Employee Hours

Penn State Employees Protest Wellness Program

End-of-Life Medical Costs Vary Widely

PHILANTHROPY

How Philanthropic Contests Can Spur Innovation

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

How Analytics is Transforming HR into a Strategic Business Partner

Strategic Communication Essential During Open Enrollment

Pay-Wise, CFOs Gain a Bit on Their Bosses

North American Employers Not Expecting to Fully Fund Annual Bonuses in 2013

LITIGATION AND PUBLIC POLICY

Regulators focus on risky, complex investment products

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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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