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August 2, 2017
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Financial Shocks Hurt Americans’ Retirement Savings
Some DB Plans Changing Accounting Measures
New Contribution Strategies Needed to Improve Public Pension Funding
Needed: Critical Retirement Savings Infrastructure
American Century Must Produce Reports for Self-Dealing Suit
States Taking Fiduciary Reforms Into Their Own Hands
When Nondiscriminatory Compensation Under 414(s) Applies
Benefits & Administration
Financial Shocks Hurt Americans’ Retirement Savings :
Ninety-six percent of Americans experience four or more income disruptions—a reduction of 10% or more of their income due to health crises, job losses or other life transitions such as divorce—by the time they are 70, according to new research from The New School, commissioned by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). This is one of the reasons why Americans are not saving enough for retirement. The research report says these financial shocks lead retirement plan participants to pull money from their accounts or discontinue contributing. Read more »
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2017 Recordkeeping Survey
Some DB Plans Changing Accounting Measures:
Most companies used a single weighted average discount rate to measure the interest cost and service cost components of benefit cost, but PwC found, beginning in 2015, many companies adopted a multiple discount rate approach. In addition, most companies defer recognition of gains and losses through accumulated other comprehensive income and amortize them to income over future periods. However, the study found over the last few years, some companies have elected instead to immediately recognize these gains and losses in income—mark-to-market accounting. Read more »
New Contribution Strategies Needed to Improve Public Pension Funding:
A study by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College finds that state and local pension funding is expected to improve in 2017 due to strong market returns, but a new approach to providing adequate contributions is needed to make the most out any recovery. Read more »
Industry Voices
Needed: Critical Retirement Savings Infrastructure :
Michael Barry, president of the Plan Advisory Services Group, discusses his idea for a solution to the “missing participant” plan leakage problem. Read more »
Economic Events

Construction spending during June was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,205.8 billion, 1.3% below the revised May estimate of $1,221.6 billion, the Census Bureau reported. The June figure is 1.6% above the June 2016 estimate of $1,186.4 billion. During the first six months of this year, construction spending amounted to $577.0 billion, 4.8% above the $550.5 billion for the same period in 2016.

Market Mirror

Tuesday, the Dow climbed 72.80 points (0.33%) to 21,963.92, the NASDAQ closed 14.82 points (0.23%) higher at 6,362.94, and the S&P 500 increased 6.05 points (0.24%) to 2,476.35. The Russell 2000 was up 3.18 points (0.22%) at 1,428.32, and the Wilshire 5000 gained 70.39 points (0.27%) to finish at 25,755.58.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note increased 12/32, bringing its yield down to 2.254%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond climbed 31/32, decreasing its yield to 2.857%.

Compliance
American Century Must Produce Reports for Self-Dealing Suit:
In a case accusing American Century Services of loading its retirement plan with its own funds and using share classes of those funds that generated higher fees, a federal district court judge has approved a motion to compel the fund provider to produce profitability, expense and performance reports created under provisions of the Investment Company Act for funds used in the plan. Read more »
States Taking Fiduciary Reforms Into Their Own Hands:
Several states are in the process of debating and potentially adopting their own legislation relating to the fiduciary responsibilities of broker/dealers and investment advisers. Read more »
Ask the Experts
When Nondiscriminatory Compensation Under 414(s) Applies :
“A Section 414(e)(e) religious organization, that does not meet the definition of church or qualified church-controlled organization QCCO under Section 3121(w)(3)(A) and (B), and elects not to be covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), sponsors a 403(b) plan with employer matching contributions. I understand for contributions not made by salary deferral, the nondiscrimination rules of 401(a)(4) and (5), 410(b) (with the use of pre-ERISA rules under 401(a)(3) used to satisfy this test), compensation limit of 401(a)(17), and average contribution percentage (ACP) test for matching contributions would apply.  But would the plan need to provide that its definition of compensation is nondiscriminatory under 414(s)?” Read more »
Small Talk
Negative publicity not only damages a company's brand, but also its ability to recruit talent, according to a CareerBuilder survey. Seventy-one percent of U.S. workers say they would not apply to a company experiencing negative press. Female workers are much more likely not to apply to a company experiencing negative press than their male counterparts, 79% compared to 61%, respectively. On the other hand, employers who have experienced positive press have seen beneficial impacts. Read more »

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