05/27/2014

by The Morning Pulse

The earliest delivery of the industry’s essential news

May 27, 2014

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

1 in 4 Americans aren’t saving for retirement
Record Keeper Consolidation Will Continue
Roth IRAs Growing Twice as Fast as Traditional IRAs
Need a 401(k) boost? Sell collectibles
As New York City’s Elderly Population Swells, Concerns Rise Over Lack of Access to Retirement Plans

Saving for retirement is the new cool
United Technologies puts final touches on 401(k) plan overhaul

DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION PLANS

Senators debate Social Security fixesPublic sector employers in Oklahoma set to adopt DC plan
NJ pension fund troubles echo in Pa.
Retirement systems don’t add up
Cities will soon have to report unfunded pension liabilities

Pensions à la mode
Fitch Warns NJ Over Cuts to Pension Payments
City should consider all revenue proposals to fund pensions
NC treasurer: cut in authority might be good ideaHybrid pension plans combine traditional and defined contribution elements

New Data on State and Local Government Pension Systems Requires a Closer Look
Divesting pensions from fossil fuels finds support
Hong Kong’s Pension Program Has Room for Improvement
Blame for city’s pension debt is no simple matter
Jacksonville officials doubt that pension fund has done its share of sacrifice

Multiemployer pension plans face huge funding shortfalls
Pensions rule changes to increase market capacity
Corporate pension plans slow to adopt derisking

MACRO ECONOMICS AND ASSET MANAGEMENT

Weighing The Week Ahead: Will Sluggish Housing Growth Derail The Economy?
S&P 500 Sets an All-Time Closing High but It’s All Smoke and Mirrors
April home sales up 1.3% from March, still lag for year
Jobless Claims Rise Most Since December
Why Jobless Claims Suggest Economic Expansion Is In Late Innings

Wall Street moves to hire more bond traders
Tighter rules for money market funds coming soon
Securitization: The Sequel
Is it Time to Drop the ‘ES’ from ESG?
Developed economies need balance to expand

Money managers put financial crisis behind them
ETF returns more than just indexes, expense ratios

NON TRADITIONAL INVESTMENTS

Hedge funds burned by most popular stocks
Israeli hedge funds outperform with significant growth in assets
Rediscovering the Fund of Hedge Funds
Equity Hedge Funds Missed April’s Month-End
Alternative Ways To Tap Into Alternative Investments

Hedge Fund Difficulity
Asia-Pacific turning to hedge fundsRich shifting into hedge funds
Infrastructure, buyouts see big jumps
Exclusive hedge funds crack open door to Main Street

Event-driven strategies are shining this year
Hedge Funds Buy Oil as Supply Drops Before Memorial Day
Social media traffic increasingly used by hedge funds for market sentiment
US private equity firms increase buying in Europe

HEALTH CARE

PPACA driving up ER visitsSupreme Court to Decide Whether Retiree Health Benefits Last a Lifetime
Detroit, Chicago Stop Covering Retirees’ Health Care
Temporary Fee on Big Businesses Funds Obamacare
Employers Are Significantly More Informed About Health Plan Options This Year Than in 2013

Design Thinking In Healthcare: One Step At A Time
Poll: Health care law still fails to impress
Private Health Care Approved for Additional Veterans
Healthcare limps for want of doctors
CMS questions use of PPACA exchange option

Lawmakers Urge Justice Department Probe of VA Health-Care Delays

PERSONAL FINANCE

Advisers change strategy to gain wealthy young clients
Is your financial planner/ advisor a Fiduciary?
Financial advisers eye Social Security benefits planning
Commissions vs. fees: What’s best for clients? 
Life Insurance for Seniors Is A Necessary Investment During Retirement

Jeffrey H. Snyder

President & CEO
The Morning Pulse, Inc.
jeffrey.snyder@themorningpulse.com
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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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