03/31/2014

by The Morning Pulse

March 31, 2014

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

Retirement Assets Total $23.0 Trillion in Fourth Quarter 2013
A Lone Ranger of the 401(k)’s
Fearful U.S. workers plan to work to age 70 or longer
AnchorMany Unsure 401(k) Will Produce Adequate Income
AnchorEffects of Increasing Retirements on Employer Plans

Americans want lifetime income illustrations

AnchorTips for Promoting Employee Financial Literacy
Using Automatic Escalation in Public Sector Retirement Plans to Increase Savings
The Role of Tax Incentives in Retirement Preparation
Optimal Life Cycle Portfolio Choice with Variable Annuities Offers Liquidity and Investment Downside Protection

Think your not paying fees for your 401(k)? You’re probably wrong

The Problem of 401(k) Mapping to Dominated Funds

DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION PLANS

States, Cities Tackle Pension Liabilities; Watch Illinois, Detroit for Lessons
AnchorWhy Corporate Pension Relief Makes Sense… Permanently
Assets of major public pension funds hit a record $3.2T
Public pension assets rise
AnchorImportance of Setting Funded Status Goals for DBs

Faculty pension fix OK’d

Pension shift shows N.J. weakness
Pensions could rescue interest-only mortgage borrowers
What’s next for public employee pensions?
As Pension Plans Dwindle Retirees Rely More On IRAs And 401(k)s

Taxpayers would save $460M with pension overhaul

How to Cope With a Shrinking Pension
Connecticut’s Unfunded Debts: Future Peril
Some call pensions archaic, others call it best way to go

THE CAPITAL MARKETS

AnchorEconomy Strengthened by Construction, Energy and Other Areas
U.S. corporate profits rose to record high in Q4
Consumer spending bolstered U.S. GDP growth in Q4
Central banks should give more attention to inflation
More Modest Gains For Personal Income And Spending

Inflation and Interest rates: Up, Up and Away
Anchor
Achieving Alpha Through Sustainability
Sanctions on Russia could hurt U.S., European oil firms

NON TRADITIONAL INVESTMENTS

Hedge funds outperform in February

Stress tests indicate largest hedge funds well-positioned to protect downside risk
The New Diversification: Adding Alternatives
Hedge Fund Shares: A Short?
How Hedge Funds were Tamed

What Higher Interest Rates Mean for REITs

Private equity funds grab smaller slice of M&A deals
Manhattan Real Estate Feels a Russian Chill
Hate stocks and bonds? Try alternative assets

HEALTH CARE

PPACA hits the 6-million mark
What to know about the March 31 PPACA deadline
Healthcare expert says the ACA is ‘dangerous’
Deadline Nearing But Health Signups Show Disparity
How Compensation Impacts ‘Play or Pay’ Decisions
Health-care coverage and tax implications

Is private equity fleeing U.S. healthcare for China?

Health care misinformation mystifies Des Moines couple
‘Defined contribution’: The next trend in health care

PERSONAL FINANCE

Young, rich clients want personal attention from advisers
Is your retirement plan well-heeled?
Lower Your Tax Bill for Life
Use A Living Trust To Protect Your Assets
Estate Planning Metrics

Jeffrey H. Snyder

President & CEO
The Morning Pulse, Inc.
jeffrey.snyder@themorningpulse.com
646-484-0188

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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.

ABOUT THE MORNING PULSE

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