12/31/2013

by The Morning Pulse

The earliest delivery of the industry’s essential news

December 31, 2013

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

The World Braces for Retirement Crisis
TDF Popularity Growing
Best Plans Built with Behavioral Economics in Mind
Millennials struggle with savings
Mandatory Retirement Incentive Programs

2014: Brave New Fiduciary World

PENSION PLANS

Pension cuts to get reassessed
Pension portfolios take a paddling
De Blasio Plan to Use NYC Pension for Housing Faces Constraints
Calif. City Cannot Require More Pension Contributions
Council meeting to address police, fire pensions

State spends 10% of GDP on pensions

CAPITAL MARKETS

China’s Li vows market stability and liquidity in 2014
Businesses often reward academics who back Wall Street
Recovery pushes 10-year Treasury yield to 2-year high
Regulators might exempt certain CDOs from Volcker rule
Consumer debt sees biggest increase since 2008

End of emergency U.S. unemployment benefits is expected to cut growth

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS
Hedge Funds in 2013: Why Did They Do So Badly?
US distress debt investors target Europe
2013: The year private equity investors earned $600 mn

REAL ESTATE

REIT Tax Loss Selling Creates Opportunity

HEALTH CARE

Health care sign-ups push past 1 million with end-of-year surge
Health care law’s economic impact hard to judge
Insurance Turning Out to Be Unaffordable
Patients Cram In Tests Before Health Law Start
Can Consumers Make Affordable Care Affordable? The Value of Choice Architecture

PERSONAL FINANCE

Comprehensive planning on the rise

COMPENSATION AND VOLUNTARY BENEFITS

Bans on outside payments to company directors prompt battle

PHILANTHROPY

What Nonprofits Should Stop Doing in 2014

LITIGATION AND PUBLIC POLICY

Release of DOL fiduciary rule for advisers is delayed

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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