04/10/2014

by The Morning Pulse

April 10, 2014

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

AnchorReducing Volatility in DC Plan Lineups
AnchorHome Country Bias an Epidemic for Plan Participants
Target Date Funds Draw Assets in Retirement Plans
Do TDFs Underestimate the DC Investor?
Good DC governance requires more trustee control
AnchorRetirement Income Risks

AnchorAnchorAnchorBorrowing from the Future: 401(k) Loans and Their Consequences
The Emerging Role of Defined Contribution Plans for California Public Employees
‘Unsafe’ in Any Fund Line Up: Dominated Funds in 401(k) Plans

DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION PLANS

S&P 1500 pension funding dips in March based on estimate adjustments
Police union rejects Rhode Island pension overhaul settlement
Pension funding gap widens
AnchorShort term view putting investors retirement savings at risk
The Fiscal Health of State Pension Plans: Funding Gap Continues to Grow

MACRO ECONOMICS AND ASSET MANAGEMENT

U.S. has most job openings since 2008
AnchorTransparency ‘most important indicator of effective equity investor stewardship’
North American CFOs, wary of regulation and talent issues, continue push for growth
Emerging markets slow global economic recovery
U.S. regulators boost capital rule for 8 biggest banks Small-business lending slows for tax season
Scrutiny of high-frequency trading invokes earlier scandalsAging Workforce Requires New Strategies for Employee Retention

NON TRADITIONAL INVESTMENTS

Lyxor Hedge Fund Index down 0.9 per cent in March
Recent US REIT Spinoffs Benefit Unsecured Bondholders
Derivatives rules make hedging more difficult Anchor
Managing Regulatory Risks on Leveraged Credit
Institutions now largest hedge fund investors

Hedge funds record highest monthly inflow in three years
SEC to Probe PE and Hedge Funds
Private Equity’s New Kind of Club Deal
Private equity expected to drive M&A in life space

HEALTH CARE

Slowing Health Costs Thwart Fed’s Inflationary Medicine
Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts
Treasury thinks individual mandate will work
Health-Care Law, Economy Boost Ranks of the Insured
An overlooked postretirement healthcare strategy

Prices for off-exchange health care plans rise

U.S. Insurers Still Expect Cuts in 2015 Medicare Payments
GFOA Publishes Best Practice on Developing a Process for Complying with the ACA

PERSONAL FINANCEAnchor

Advisers must warn clients in light of IRA rollover ruling
N.Y. investment advisers may face new requirements
Retirement Tax Considerations for Middle-Income Americans

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.

 
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