July 08 2020

IRS Issues Further Details on Distributions and Plan Loans Under CARES Act

The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, allows employees affected by COVID-19 greater access to money set aside for them in employer retirement plans.  As often happens, many details of this new law were not immediately clear.  We found our...

July 02 2020

Investor Insights - July 2020

See our recap of June's key statistics and market commentary below.  Noteworthy Numbers The 12-month forward price-to-earnings ratio of the S&P 500, a measure of stock valuation, finished June at 21.42. The measure is at a level not seen since the ea...

July 01 2020

401(k) Plan Design, Employee Engagement and Corporate Financial Performance

Many companies offer 401(k) plans as a benefit to help attract and retain talented employees, but most business owners and CFOs do not look at 401(k) plans in relation to corporate profitability. The plans are treated as a necessary expense, a cost o...

June 24 2020

Last Recipient of a Civil War Pension Dies Recently at 90

The last person to be receiving a Civil War-era pension has died. Irene Triplett, of Wilkesboro, NC, died on May 31 at the age of 90 due to complications from having fallen a few days earlier, according to the Washington Post and other news outlets. ...

June 17 2020

Understanding Your Role as a 401(k) Plan Sponsor: Am I a Fiduciary?

Retirement planning has become top of mind for many Americans in today’s economy. Fortunately, most businesses now offer 401(k) plans to attract new talent and compensate existing employees, helping them plan for their financial futures beyond their ...

June 01 2020

Investor Insights - June 2020

See our recap of May's key statistics and market commentary below.  Noteworthy Numbers The S&P 500 has gained 18.19% during the first two months of the second quarter. The strong rally has erased most of the index’s losses from February and March.   ...

May 27 2020

What You Might Have Missed - Our COVID-19 Insights

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused anxiety for many, from health concerns to financial stress. We have been providing insight into the market's movement and how the experts view the short- and long-term impact of the pandemic. For your convenience, I'v...

May 01 2020

Investor Insights - May 2020

See our recap of April's key statistics and market commentary below.  Noteworthy Numbers The initial reading of Q1 GDP in the U.S. showed a -4.8% annualized decline as a result of depressed economic activity through the COVID-19 response.   The spot ...

April 22 2020

Coronavirus and Defined Benefit Plan Funding

This article is part of our continuing series on the coronavirus and its effects on qualified retirement plans.  Recently, we wrote about ways employees affected by the coronavirus could access money from their retirement plans.  Today, we are discus...

April 01 2020

Investor Insights - April 2020

See our recap of March's key statistics and market commentary below.  Noteworthy Numbers The S&P 500 lost 19.60% during the first quarter of 2020, the worst quarterly return since 2008, as the wide-reaching impacts of COVID-19 shocked the global econ...