12/24/2013

by The Morning Pulse

The earliest daily delivery of the industry’s essential newsDecember 24, 2013401(a)/(k)/403(b)/457(b) PLANS
Let’s Operate 401(k) Plans as True Retirement PlansAre You Saving Too Much?
The Retirement Glass Is Half Full
How to Get the Best Deal on Your 401(k) Fees

PENSION PLANS

Switch to 401(k) model the first step in addressing pension crisis
Pension Cut Angers Senate’s Staunchest Military Supporters
Annual Social Security shortfall projected to average 12%
Canadian pensions funds prefer direct route for investment
Pension plan derisking in U.K. reaches record level
Congress smacks pension plans with PBGC premium increase
What Impact Will the Budget Bill Have on Your DB Plan?
Louisiana, New Mexico Courts Issue Public Pension Decisions
Do PBGC Premiums Provide Incentive to Plan Sponsors to Borrow for Pension Plan Funding?

CAPITAL MARKETS

Final revision raises U.S. GDP growth rate in Q3 to 4.1%
U.S. IPOs raised $59B in 2013
IMF raises forecast for U.S. economy for 2014
Bond sales in Europe decline
Congress quietly works on how to spend more than $1T

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS
529 plans begin to employ sophisticated asset management
Hedge Funds Cut Gold Bull Bets Amid Record Outflows
Hedge funds lose out to equities, again
Funds-of-funds managers going long-only
US hedge funds set to expand in Europe

REAL ESTATE

REITs Relish The Fed’s Start Of Taper And Promise Of Low Interest Rates

HEALTH CARE

PERSONAL FINANCE

Financial advisers prepare clients for higher taxes
Come 2014, expect resolutions focused on personal finances

COMPENSATION AND VOLUNTARY BENEFITS

Top 2013 Benefits Developments: Naughty or Nice?
Which Employees Should Get Incentives?

PHILANTHROPY

Year-End Steps to Take Now: Last-Minute Advice From Fundraising Experts
Facebook Tests Donate Button, a Mixed Blessing for Charities

LITIGATION AND PUBLIC POLICY

Regions Financial Settles 401(k) Case for $22.5 Million
Senators Renew Push for Mass Transit Benefit Change
Proposed Legislation Would Require Paid Family/Medical Leave Nationwide

Jeffrey H. Snyder

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The Morning Pulse, Inc.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

An American entrepreneur and business leader, Jeffrey H. Snyder represents the American ethos and work ethic by applying his management, finance and information technology skills and experience to the financial services industry. He currently serves as a Vice President, Senior Consultant with Cammack LaRhette Consulting and Chief Executive Officer of The Morning Pulse, Inc., Jeffrey has held a wide range of senior positions within the United States defined contribution retirement industry. His experience is as broad as it is deep and he has worked with many of the industry’s top firms to provide guidance and solutions to employers throughout all sectors of the economy.Considered an “industry insider”, Jeffrey is often sought out for his opinion on a wide range of industry topics speaking at industry conferences and web events. Most recently, Jeffrey was a panelist for Pension and Investments’ 2013 Public Funds DC Summit and the moderator for Bloomberg’s “Ahead of the Curve: The Latest Trends of Defined Contribution Retirement Plans”. He has also been quoted in industry periodicals such as The Benefits Law Journal and Institutional Investor and has written countless articles. He recently authored Optimizing Public Pension Systems: A Call for a Plan of Action for Public Defined Contribution Plan Sponsors and Eight Hot Topics for Defined Contribution Retirement Plan Sponsors, both picked up by the National media.

ABOUT THE MORNING PULSE

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