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Most Americans Significantly Underestimate Retirement Needs
Debt Overwhelming Millennials
Sponsors See Increasing Value In Education-Related Benefits
Pension Funded Status Down $15B YTD
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Most Americans Significantly Underestimate Retirement Needs:
Seventy-four percent of Americans underestimate how much they will need for a comfortable retirement, according to Fidelity Investments’ Retirement IQ Survey. Twenty-five percent think they will need two to three times their last full-year income, while most financial professionals say people need 10 times their last year’s salary to have a secure retirement. To the question of how many years over the past 35 years did the stock market produce a positive return? Only 8% answered correctly: 30 years.
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Debt Overwhelming Millennials:
The biggest issue keeping Millennials up at night is debt, according to the latest survey by Lincoln Financial Group. The firm found that this is an issue for 48% of respondents in that age group; meanwhile, 44% of Generation Xers and 58% of Baby Boomers reported their biggest financial issue was healthcare expenses. The 18- to 34-year-olds surveyed are facing a number of other challenges: Only 33% have a retirement account versus 48% of the general population. Read more »
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Sponsors See Increasing Value In Education-Related Benefits:
Nearly half of respondents to the PLANSPONSOR Defined Contribution Survey say they offer some form of tuition reimbursement program for employees—far greater than the number offering student loan repayment support. Paul Curley, director of college savings research for Strategic Insight, suggests “529 product providers should note that employers offer the benefits of a 529, tuition reimbursement and student loan repayment together, as opposed to one higher education benefit over another.” Read more »
Market Mirror
Yesterday, the Dow was down 51.37 points (0.24%) at 20,954.34, the NASDAQ lost 21.58 points (0.37%) to finish at 5,849.17, and the S&P 500 dropped 7.81 points (0.33%) to 2,375.31. The Russell 2000 lost 9.89 points (0.71%) to 1,384.24, and the Wilshire 5000 closed 91.44 points (0.37%) lower at 24,727.57.

On the NYSE, 3.2 billion shares traded, with 2.3 declining issues for every 1 advancing issue. On the NASDAQ, 1.9 billion shares changed hands, with a 2.4 to 1 ratio of decliners to advancers.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note decreased 5/32, bringing its yield up to 2.498%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond fell 21/32, increasing its yield to 3.105%.
From the Magazine
Research presented recently at the 2016 Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA) Academic Forum suggests that, while investors utilize environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing and socially responsible investing (SRI) to receive the emotional benefits, they do not necessarily sacrifice the utilitarian benefits—i.e., returns—of traditional investment strategies. However, the presence of socially conscious investments in retirement plans has been fairly limited. In terms of product development that caters to DC plans, very few target-date fund (TDF) series have embraced this theme of incorporating values-based selection. Read more »
Investing
Pension Funded Status Down $15B YTD:
The funded status of pension plans for companies in the S&P 500 has decreased by $15 billion year to date, according to the Aon Hewitt Pension Risk Tracker.  Read more »
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