06-03-2014

by The Morning Pulse

The earliest delivery of the industry’s essential newsJune 3, 2014

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

The Hassle Factor
DOL fiduciary rule delayed until 2015
Debate Continues Over Fiduciary Status of 401(k) Plan Service Providers
Executives as Plan Administrators: Have You Received Fiduciary Training to Solidify Key Skills?
Change in Average 401(k) Account Balances from January 1, 2012 through June 1, 2014 

DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION PLANS

A More Complete Picture of DB Plan Liabilities 
Pennsylvania Pension Reform Could Save Taxpayers $11B
New pension liability reporting rules to weaken colleges’ balance sheets
Leaders express tempered enthusiasm for watered-down pension reform
Pension changes spur Minnesota police to retire

Are Corporate Plans Really Close to Being Fully Funded?
Pensions and paychecks are at heart of bill OK’ed by R.I. House
Boards shift away from traditionalpensions
GASB Pension Reporting: How to Obtain and Audit Key Numbers

MACRO ECONOMICS AND ASSET MANAGEMENT

U.S. companies leverage up to fund dividends, buybacks
Investor confidence rises by 0.5 points to 119.5 in May
Investors becoming interested in banks’ fixed-income businesses
Home-equity loan payments could undercut consumer spending
Rebalancing of finance sector necessary for U.S. economic growth

Frontier markets attract more interest from investors
Oxford University ‘must divest from fossil fuels’
Banks brace for negative rates, with ECB expected to act Lessons from financial crisis being ignored
Chinese manufacturing activity hits 5-month high
Poor wage growth weighs on U.S. economy

Rallying U.S. bond market may be near peak
 A return to momentum investing?

NON TRADITIONAL INVESTMENTS

Hedge fund assets to double to USD5.8trn by 2018
2014 could be a standout year for European private equity deals
PE firms prepare to release ‘wall of money’ to maintain market resurgence 
It’s hedge funds that should ‘get no respect’
Hedge fund giants managing more money despite lagging returns

Private equity investors asking tougher questions

PERSONAL FINANCE

Traditional advisers eye digital partnerships
House panel backs tax break for IRA charitable donations
529 plans see continued growth

HEALTH CARE

Approach Genders Differently in Wellness Initiatives 
How an $84,000 drug is sparking a new health-care debatePPACA in the courtroom: 4 cases
New HHS Regulation Raises Subsidies, Adds $7 Billion to Obamacare Cost
The End of Group Health Insurance?

The Trouble with Narrow Networks
Over Half of Workers Would Have to Borrow Money to Pay for Unexpected Medical Costs
Feds to Consider Paying Doctors for End-of-Life Planning

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.

ABOUT THE MORNING PULSE

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