Early last week, the Fed turned its sights toward the new regulations approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding money market funds, namely the ability for such funds to impose withdrawal fees or limit redemptions altogether. The aim of the regulation is to help avoid investors stampeding out of such funds during times of crisis as they did in September 2008 when institutional investors pulled nearly 40% of institutional assets out of the money market fund market. Several economists, however, have warned that such fees will have the opposite effect, potentially giving investors a strong incentive to pull investment from money market funds when they anticipate restrictions or fees being imposed on redemptions.
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Technical Bulletin-The Supreme Court Rules on Employer Stock Funds - Fiduciary Responsibility after the Presumption of Prudence
The U.S. Supreme Court made its first ruling applying the fiduciary standards of ERISA to employer stock funds in 401(k) and other defined contribution plans on June 25, 2014. Our Technical Bulletin summarizes the Court’s decision.
It came to light that the SEC had launched a review of alternative mutual fund managers, better known as liquid alternatives. The SEC’s examination is not an investigation based on a belief of wrong doing, but rather seen as a proactive measure. Our Weekly Market Update examines the most recent data.
This issue includes: Affordability Percentages Increased IRS Clarifies Calculation for Determining Applicable Large Employer Status Courts Split on Whether IRS Can Provide Premium Tax Credits Through Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces IRS Releases Draft Forms for Section 6055 and 6056 Reporting FAQ Provides Notice Guidance Following Hobby Lobby Decision Final Rules: Small Employer Tax Credit Questions and Answers for Employers Healthcare Reform FAQs.
There is a saying in trucking that there are only two seasons: Winter and Construction. That would be humorous if it weren’t so true. Fact is that we need construction season to repair the roads we have and build more roads so we can do our jobs more safely and efficiently and we need to give those workers a wide berth so they can do their jobs safely. There is a lot going on in these areas, and most of the time, there is limited space to get through them so SLOW DOWN! What can you do?
Aside from the recreational value, many people aren't aware of golf cart risks both on and off a golf course. Golf carts are involved in a number of accidents each year, resulting in personal injury, death, and property damage. Interestingly enough, golf carts are also used to travel around communities and are being used in the workplace as well. To help prevent accidents in any of these various environments, there are many precautions and recommendations that can be employed to help reduce or mitigate your risk exposure - particularly with operating and maintaining golf carts. So what do you need to know about driving golf carts?
Last Wednesday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis released their advance estimate of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the second quarter. As many predicted, the economy rebounded strongly in the second quarter, growing at a 4.0% rate and the real personal consumption expenditure – the key rate used by the Fed to measure inflation - advanced at a rate of 2.5% for the quarter, above the Federal Reserve’s inflation target of 2%. Although the better-than-forecasted growth stoked fears that the Federal Reserve may consider increasing short-term rates ahead of schedule, the Fed’s statement later in the afternoon remained dovish. Markets initially reacted well before ending the week down – although the economic recovery continues to show strength, there are areas of weakness and markets seem to be unsure of how to process the economy’s mixed signals.
Preview this month’s installment of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s Pitfalls & Perils of 2014 focused on the numerous challenges and problems for both employers and plan administrators created by COBRA administration.
Directions newsletter is a monthly publication of the Benefits & HR Consulting operations of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The August 2014 issue includes healthcare reform updates, a technical bulletin, webinar information and a variety of benefits and HR news.
Now more than five years after the worst of the financial crisis, many investors are again reminded of the turmoil that rattled markets with the introduction of new regulation that is intended to reduce risk in the $2.6 trillion money-market industry. Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), in a 3-2 vote, approved tighter money fund rules that are designed to avoid a repeat of the investor stampede out of the funds that occurred during the financial crisis. The new rules, while less ambitious than previous proposals and targeted specifically to institutional investors, would require “prime” and tax-free municipal money funds to “float the net asset value” of the fund and block investors from withdrawing their money in times of stress or impose a fee to redeem shares.