02/10/2014

by The Morning Pulse

February 10, 2014

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

DC participants to increase equities, fixed income investments
Stable Value Performance Down, Products Improved
AOL chief cuts 401(k) benefits, blames Obamacare
AOL Backs Down on Employee Retirement-Plan Cuts
Lump sum year-end 401(k) match hurts job hoppers

Should a 401(k) Conversion Be in Your Plans?

Taking Auto Plan Features a Step Further
Survey Results: DC Plan Participants’ Activities During First Three Quarters of 2013
DC participants continued to borrow last year

PENSION PLANS

General Motors expects to contribute $849 million to pension funds in 2014
Moody’s: Two sides to local government pension coin in 2014
School pension costs to jump nearly 8 percent next year
The Crisis in Pensions and Retirement Plans
Can We Fix the ‘California Rule’ for Public Employee Pensions?

When it Comes to Pensions, Doing Nothing Is Not an Option

A look at legal firepower arrayed against state’s pension overhaul law

CAPITAL MARKETS

Weighing The Week Ahead: Will Yellen Signal A Policy Change?
U.S. economic data deliver mixed message
Another Disappointing Jobs Report: Only 113K New Jobs, But The Unemployment Rate Slips To 6.6%
We’re Still in a Recession, Cash Flow Says
U.S. Nonfarm Private Payrolls: Jan 2014 Preview

Unemployment ticks down to 6.6%, but job data disappoints
Global economic recovery shaky but not in trouble
Investors pour record $10.7B into taxable bond funds
Emerging-market currency volatility is temporary
Emerging market weakness in early January triggers broad de-risking by month-end

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

Hedge funds down in January… Global ETFs overtake hedge funds

Hedge funds outperform slumping stocks in January, burnish image
Two out of seven IndexIQ hedge fund replication indices positive in January
Seeding and alternative fund routes for start-up hedge fund managers
Private-Equity Firms Tap Fresh Vein of Cash

Volatile quarterly PE performance delivered consistent outcome for 2013 
Deal activity continues in emerging markets as PE investors see opportunity in adversity
Hedge Funds Preparing for $1 Trillion Property Bill
Fees for hedge funds and private equity
Is fear in emerging markets hedge funds unwarranted?

Asia hedge fund’s assets plummet 95%

Regulators have an uphill battle to bring transparency to illiquid investments

REAL ESTATE

Millionaire Investors Name Real Estate as Most Popular Alternative Asset Class by Wide Margin
Real-estate investing amid new mortgage rules
Regulators have an uphill battle to bring transparency to nontraded REITS
Financial Assessment of the Global Office REIT Industry
‘Real estate is one of the safest investment avenues’

HEALTH CARE

House panel hears defense of PPACA’s risk corridor
Health Care Executives Set Sights on Treatment Value
Reining In Health Care Costs Key To Trimming Deficit
Plan Sponsors Still Working to Reduce Health Benefit Costs
Obamacare ‘Bailout’ for One Insurer Will Cost Up to $450 Million in 2014

Patients Need Training on New Health Insurance

PERSONAL FINANCE

Financial planning is not just for wealthy folks
Advisers confident of 20% asset growth in 2014
More spouses are cheating (financially, anyway)

COMPENSATION AND VOLUNTARY BENEFITS

Will Employers Respond to Long-Term Care Concerns?

PHILANTHROPY

The DIA’s Generosity to Executive Staff Raises Questions
Lessons Learned at Harvard

Jeffrey H. Snyder

President & CEO
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 Retirement Group 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” and an independent voice, 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 and has written countless articles. He recently authored “A Bid for Change: Using the Competitive Process to Transform Your DC Retirement Program”,  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 which were picked up by the National media.

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