03/10/2014

by The Morning Pulse

March 10, 2014

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

Actionable Information Motivates Higher Retirement Savings
For Retirement Security, Is It Better to Be Married?
In 401(k) Plans, a Little More Makes a Big Difference
A plan for making Americans’ retirement affordable again
Third-Party Section 3(38) Investment Manager Contracts May Leave Plan Sponsor Exposed to Flawed Process

Your 401(k) Plan and the Shape of the Earth
Pentagon Considers 401(k)-like Retirement Plans
There’s nothing wrong with 401(k)s, except the players involved
The right ways to get workers into a 401(k)
Has America Lost the Ability to Afford Retirement?

PENSION PLANS

Funded status of US corporate pensions rises to 92.6 per cent 
Bill Aims to Reform Kentucky Pension Systems
Pension obligation bonds a potential solution to funding city liability
Boeing will freeze pensions for 68000 non-union employees
Legislative pension bill advances in the House

Pension task force will wrap up roadmap for “comprehensive pension reform”

FTSE 350 companies’ aggregate funding ratio improves a bit
Public Pension Red Alert
$300 million pension payment on chopping block to balance Md. budget
Pension woes push A-K Valley school districts to seek higher tax limits

Sacramento County, unions spar over employee pension costs

CAPITAL MARKETS

Weighing The Week Ahead: What Is The Risk/Reward For Stocks?
U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in February, unemployment rose to 6.7%
Initial unemployment claims at lowest level in 3 months
Moody’s changes rating method for CDOs
Western firms likely to review emerging-market investment

U.S., EU warn Putin of wider sanctions for Ukraine intervention

Institutional investors confident on China
The Major Hurdles to Impact Investing
Lessons Learned from the Financial Crisis
Emerging Markets: Emerge, Splurge, Purge

NON TRADITIONAL INVESTMENTS

Advisers cautioned about risk of alternative mutual funds

Dual Registrants, Alternatives Top SEC’s Concerns
Real Estate Ranks as Top Alternative Investment for Millionaires
Hedge funds buy war insurance on Russia-Ukraine conflict
Hedge Funds Gain In February, Replication Indices Show

A Hedge Fund Strategy That’s Been Limping Along For Two Years Is Making A Come Back

Hedge Fund Beta Index Rises 1.49%
As hedge funds compete for marketing and communications talent deals shift
Small Private Real Estate Funds Squeezed Out by Larger Rivals
Private equity outperforms 2013

Study Probes Endowments’ Attitude Towards Hedge Funds

Oregon’s pension fund reaps big profits from private equity in hot market, but faces dilemma
Hedge funds guard data more, give clients new reason to grumble

HEALTH CARE

PPACA implementation chief to leave post
Evidence Suggests Private Exchanges Are a Win-Win
Health care sector is hottest on IPO circuit
Health-Care Cost Hikes Stay Modest for Big Companies
Calculating healthcare penalties, more love for the EITC
Proposed Legislation Ties Individual Mandate to Doctor Fee Fix

What Will Obamacare Really Cost? They Might Be First To Know
Consumers and Insurers Differ on Importance of Health Plan Factors
Slew of changes to health-care law creates more confusion for consumers

PERSONAL FINANCE

FINRA aims to become advisers’ regulator
Lessons Learned from the Financial Crisis
Estate Benefits of Roth IRAs Curtailed in Obama Budget
Real-Estate ETFs May Be Attractive To Retirees

COMPENSATION AND VOLUNTARY BENEFITS

Employer benefits cost to rise 4.4% this year
Employees tend to choose lower-priced insurance plans

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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