by The Morning Pulse

The earliest delivery of the industry’s essential news

April 14, 2014

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

AnchorEmployers Say ACA Affects Retirement Benefits
AnchorIs LDI Feasible for DC Participants?
AnchorHow to Pick a Target-Date Fund That’s Right for You
Hedge funds poorly positioned for DC
Mountains of paperwork make 401(k) transfers a tough hill to climb

It’s not your fault you aren’t saving for retirement

Four in Ten Employers Believe ACA Has Impacted Their Retirement Savings Plans
Most People Still Haven’t Estimated Their Retirement Income Needs
The Debate over ETFs in 401(k) Plans
Savers beware: Modest-sounding fees may be shrinking your 401(k)

DC holdings of domestic equity mutual funds highest since 2007

DC Participant Trading Down as More Use Professional Help
Saving Young People From Themselves
Should there be consumer warning labels on 401(k)s?
A good employer match will offset high expenses in 401(k) plan


AnchorConsider the Market Before De-Risking DBs
Pension liabilities to challenge governments
85% of pensions could fail in 30 years
Pensions: 14% Will Retire Without onel
Public pension plans lag corporate plans in managing credit risk

State workers opposed to tweaking defined benefit retirement system

Rhode Island’s Deal on Pension Overhaul Falls Apart
Pension bills now coming together
Locking in Pension Fund Gains
AnchorMortality Tables to Drive Down Pension Buyout Cost

Pensions and Bureaucracies Strangle Los Angeles

Pension subsidies pass the House
Puerto Rico court strikes down new pension law
Treasurer unveils Vermont teachers’ pension fund remedy
Thought Secure, Pooled Pensions Teeter and Fall

Retirement law turns 40 with low fanfare, high impact


Jobless Claims At Lowest Level In Nearly 7 Years
S&P 500 caps worst two-day drop since June
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: The Ugly Twins of Finance
Managers remain positive despite market risks
Biotech, momentum stock sell-off sends Wall Street tumbling

Stocks sink when rates rise? Really?
Halfway through fiscal year, federal budget deficit improves compared with last year


Hedge fund age greater factor in performance than size

Benchmarking Alternative Funds a Challenge
Advisers warming to real assets as stock market volatility picks up
The Problem With Alternative Investments
The REIT Way To Master The Art Of Dividend Repeatability

Passive vs. active investing in real estate

Hedge funds up 1.05 per cent in Q1… Hedge funds attract USD30bn in Q1…
Hedge funds’ March performance worst in nine months
The Secret to Successful Private Equity Investing is Specialization
Competition Heats Up As Private Equity Funds Seek New Capital

Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico’s junk bonds

Hedge Funds Scramble As Stocks Tumble
Oldest and biggest hedge funds have the most assets
Behavioural analytics takes root in hedge funds


Health Plan Participation Varies by Age
Mid-Market Employers Increasingly Adopting Wellness Programs
400,000 sign up for PPACA after deadline
Healthcare – A Challenge and an Opportunity for Logistics Providers
The Potential Impact of Alternative Health Care Spending Scenarios on Future State and Local Government Budgets

Heartbleed bug could affect healthcare sites
Healthcare REITs Should Continue To Outperform In 2014


The College Savings Gap is Growing
American Workers More Focused on Financies, Financial Planning
Why the Stakes are Higher with Retirement Income Planning than Retirement Savings
FINRA abandons campaign to regulate advisers
Adviser pay, assets managed highest since 2007

AnchorIRA Rollover Marketplace May Soon Be Reshaped
High Fees in Your 401(k)? They Might be Even Worse in Your IRA
AnchorAmericans’ Ostrich Approach To Estate Planning

Jeffrey H. Snyder

President & CEO
The Morning Pulse, Inc.
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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.


Jeffrey has a passion for reaching out, guiding others and sharing important information. In late 2012, Jeffrey founded The Morning Pulse, Inc., a media company focused on aggregating, organizing and delivering industry information daily. Over a thousand industry professionals and senior executives have come to trust Jeffrey for his editorial eye and timely delivery of important and relevant news.

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