Pet Valu open­ing in Frazer

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - BUSINESS -

Pet Valu, a spe­cialty re­tailer of pre­mium pet foods and ac­ces­sories, is open­ing a new store in Frazer on Satur­day.

To cel­e­brate, Pet Valu will wel­come fam­i­lies and pet-lovers to meet with pet experts and ven­dors of pop­u­lar pet prod­ucts, re­ceive free sam­ples, en­ter raf­fles for prizes, and en­joy face paint­ing, a clown and other fun for kids, adults and pets alike. Re­fresh­ments will be served to all two and four-legged guests.

The event also gives the Frazer com­mu­nity a chance to check out the sig­na­ture pet prod­ucts and ser­vices Pet Valu is known for, such as its self-serve dog­wash sta­tions where cus­tomers are pro­vided all the ameni­ties they need – with­out the cleanup.

As part of Pet Valu’s com­mit­ment to an­i­mal wel­fare, each store plays an ac­tive role in help­ing lo­cal an­i­mal non­prof­its and groups pro­mote fundrais­ing and fa­cil­i­tate adop­tions. In Frazer, Pet Valu’s part­ners in­clude All 4 Paws Res­cue and Re­cy­cled Tails.

The grand open­ing will be held Satur­day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Lin­coln Court Shop­ping Cen­ter, 215 Lan­caster Av­enue, Frazer, Pa 19355.

Van­guard study looks at pen­sion plan costs

TREDYFFRIN >> Cor­po­rate pen­sion plan spon­sors are in­creas­ingly fo­cused on curb­ing plan costs amidst chal­leng­ing mar­ket and reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ments, in­clud­ing low in­ter­est rates, longer life ex­pectan­cies, and ris­ing premi­ums, ac­cord­ing to new Van­guard re­search.

Van­guard’s lat­est Sur­vey of De­fined Ben­e­fit Plan Spon­sors found that plan costs was the top con­cern among the more than 175 pen­sion man­agers sur­veyed, fol­lowed closely by funded sta­tus risk.

More­over, these con­cerns are driv­ing pri­or­ity in­vest­ment ob-

jec­tives, which de­fined ben­e­fit (DB) plan spon­sors over­whelm­ingly iden­ti­fied as min­i­miz­ing cash con­tri­bu­tions and re­duc­ing fund­ing sta­tus volatil­ity. How­ever, in stark con­trast, spon­sors are un­der mount­ing pres­sure

to en­sure their plans meet fund­ing re­quire­ments ei­ther through cash con­tri­bu­tions or re­turn-gen­er­at­ing as­set al­lo­ca­tions in the port­fo­lio—the lat­ter of which can ex­pose the pen­sion to in­creased fund­ing volatil­ity.

“Our re­search has con­tin­ued to point to a trend of cost re­duc­tion and risk man­age­ment across the pen­sion in­dus­try,” said Kim­berly Stock­ton, an an­a­lyst in Van­guard In­vest­ment Strat­egy Group and au­thor of the pa­per. “Yet, there’s a con­tin­ued dis­con­nect be­tween these cru­cial ob­jec­tives and ex­ist­ing port­fo­lio con­struc­tion. There is an op­por­tu­nity for plan spon­sors to im­ple­ment strate­gic as­set al­lo­ca­tions to bet­ter pro­tect them­selves from un­ex­pected costs and risk.”

Pet Valu is open­ing in Frazer.

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