04/23/2014

by The Morning Pulse

The earliest delivery of the industry’s essential news

April 23, 2014

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

A Better Methodology for Monitoring Target Date Funds
Target-Date Funds: What Retirement Savers Should Know
Helping Employees to Visualize Retirement
AnchorA Vision for National Retirement Reform
AnchorIncreasing Benefits Limits Does Not Encourage New Plans

AnchorDefault Investment Options: TDFs Not the Only Choice
AnchorFinancial Stress Reaches Far and Wide
TDF investors more confident about investing than non-TDF investors
Impact of the Great Recession on Retirement Trends in Industrialized Countries
How Do Subjective Longevity Expectations Influence Retirement Plans?

DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION PLANS

Pension reform move combines state, local plans
Japan overhauls its public pension fund
The pension tsunami bears down on Oakland
Rhode Island’s Pension Lesson
Mayors say municipalities need pension reform

Lower-Income Individuals Without Pensions: Who Misses Out and Why?

MACRO ECONOMICS AND ASSET MANAGEMENT

Higher costs hit U.S. businesses
Half of U.S. population’s debts cancel out assets
Many Americans remain reluctant to invest
Funds seek global multi-asset trading platforms
Wealthy Are Optimistic, Like U.S. Stocks Right Now

NON TRADITIONAL INVESTMENTS

Barclay Hedge Fund Index dips 0.09 per cent in March

Hedge Funds Drive to Another Record
Hedge Funds Shake Financial System More Than Banks During Crises

HEALTH CARE

ACA Prompts Scaling Back of Medical Plans
The Latest Problem With Obamacare: COBRA and the ACA
Were Higher Healthcare Costs in the Second Half of 2013 Caused by the ACA?
As Medical Providers Consolidate, Questions Arise About Effects on Costs, Quality of Care
Healthcare Costs in U.S. Far Exceed Costs in Other Countries
Avoiding Healthcare Cost With Pricing Transparency Hype

Feds flesh out big new PPACA program

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PERSONAL FINANCEAnchor

Employees become less wary of advisers
AnchorThe Need for Long-Term Care Insurance
Boomers: Think about ‘pension-izing’ your retirement
Why You Should Discuss Health With Your Financial Planner

Jeffrey H. Snyder

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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.

ABOUT THE MORNING PULSE

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