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February 5, 2016
CDC report says fetal alcohol syndrome not just caused by heavy-drinking moms
Fetal alcohol syndrome is a disorder that could affect millions of babies whose mothers drink during the early phases of pregnancy, according to a new report from the CDC.... Full Story
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February 5, 2016
Aggregate pension funded level lower at 2015 end
Two reports indicate that pension funding levels have decreased.... Full Story
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February 5, 2016
Investors don't understand global fixed income, ignoring advisors
Retail investors are missing out on global diversification of their portfolios — in spite of advisors recommending that a client’s portfolio contain some global fixed-income securities.... Full Story
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February 5, 2016
Obama proposes new Cadillac Tax
President Obama has floated an alternative Cadillac Tax that he hopes will be more feasible politically.... Full Story
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February 5, 2016
Market volatility worries plan participants
Plan participants were anxious about volatility in recent weeks--here are some numbers from Fidelity about retirement plan contributions and more.... Full Story
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February 4, 2016
Semi-finalists chosen in National Financial Plan Competition
The International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC) is pleased to announce the results of the first stage of this year’s National Financial Plan Competition. Four teams from Bryant, California State Northridge, Central Michigan and Clarion Universities have advanced to the Semi-Finals and will start preparing their presentations for a web conference in front of the Board of Directors during their Annual Board Meeting on March 3rd. ... Full Story
Press Release from International Association of Registered Financial Consultants

February 4, 2016
Passive target-date funds no guarantee for fiduciaries
Passive management is no guarantee of fiduciary compliance, and dismissing active management could work against sponsor and participant goals, 2 experts with The Capital Group say.... Full Story
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February 4, 2016
Retirement plan leakage: Boomers feel regret, millennials not so much
The psychology underlying plan leakage — the money that leaves workers’ retirement plans before they ever hit retirement age — is the subject of a study from the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association.... Full Story
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February 4, 2016
Who's responsible for high drug prices? Not just hedge funds
Increasing drug prices aren't just caused by hedge fund investors.... Full Story
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February 4, 2016
TDFs post first losses since 2008
Target-date funds lost money last year, according to one index.... Full Story
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February 4, 2016
Cybersecurity 'not designed for the human psyche'
New malware is discovered every 90 seconds.... Full Story
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February 4, 2016
Life insurance quoting technology: A new player emerges.
A new technology has emerged in online quoting of life insurance. Tech startup, Ninja Technologies, Inc. has recently deployed their initial round of quoting technology, www.ninjaquoter.com. This new technology replaces older quoting technology that was both consumer and agent facing with fast, sleek and accessible tools. ... Full Story
Press Release from Nic, NinjaQuoter.com

February 3, 2016
Wellness programs help identify heart disease
Skeptical about wellness programs? A new survey says there are some benefits.... Full Story
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February 3, 2016
Retirement readiness is focus of latest tech upgrade
Plan providers and recordkeepers increasingly turn to developing technical solutions to boost participants’ retirement readiness.... Full Story
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February 3, 2016
Laws requiring Congress’ approval of DOL fiduciary rule move to House
Two Republican bills survived the mark-up hearing with 22 Republican votes, and 14 Democratic dissenters. Both bills would give Congress the authority to vote down the DOL’s rule within a 60-day period after it is ultimately finalized.... Full Story
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February 3, 2016
Participants embracing target-date funds
Target-date funds are becoming more mainstream, according to a survey from Voya Investment Management.... Full Story
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