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Issue Date: Monday, February 5, 2018

News

Plan sponsors brace for a rough ride

Plan sponsors brace for a rough ride

Some U.S. plans are honing investment portfolios to ride out a decade of expected bad returns.

Largest U.S. retirement funds set record at $10.3 trillion in assets

Largest U.S. retirement funds set record at $10.3 trillion in assets

Strong markets powered the P&I 1,000 to $10.33 trillion assets in 2017.

Most DC executives not aware of their fiduciary duties

Most DC executives not aware of their fiduciary duties

Too many DC plan executives don't know or understand their fiduciary duties, research shows.

Conditions pointing to busy year for offloading defined benefit risk

Conditions pointing to busy year for offloading defined benefit risk

Pension risk transfers are expected to spike in 2018 in both the U.K. and U.S.

Market increase not treating managers equally

Market increase not treating managers equally

Market appreciation and the newly approved tax cuts have positively affected public managers' bottom lines in the fourth quarter.

DC participants seen as next advocates of ESG mantra

DC participants seen as next advocates of ESG mantra

ESG investing is getting a closer look as a way to increase engagement, diversify lineups, achieve higher returns and manage risks.

Asset managers set for China IRA market boom

Asset managers set for China IRA market boom

Money managers are eyeing the imminent launch of 'third pillar' private pensions by Chinese regulators.

Investors embrace multifamily as demographic trends shift

Investors embrace multifamily as demographic trends shift

Rising demand for apartments is pulling institutional investors back into the multifamily market.

ESG target-date funds aim for performance and sustainability

ESG target-date funds aim for performance and sustainability

Natixis' ESG target-date fund family aims for performance as well as sustainability.

Insurers begin staking their claims in ETF territory

Insurers begin staking their claims in ETF territory

The ongoing expansion of the ETF market has spurred insurers to finally put stakes in the ground through a mix of acquisition and launches.

Defined contribution managers brace for flood of business from Europe

Defined contribution managers brace for flood of business from Europe

New firms are joining established money managers in an effort to serve the growing defined contribution market in Europe.

Insurer considerations key in all risk transfer scenarios

Insurer considerations key in all risk transfer scenarios

Insurer capacity, patience, could be issue in U.K. pension risk transfers.

Risk appetite increasing for institutions in Asia

Risk appetite increasing for institutions in Asia

Asian investors that built up cash positions last year are finding it increasingly painful to keep those low-risk, low-return allocations.

MiFID II compliance leaving FX conduct code on sidelines

MiFID II compliance leaving FX conduct code on sidelines

MiFID II compliance has overshadowed adherence to the voluntary FX Code of Conduct.

Special Report

P&I 1,000 largest retirement plans: 2018

P&I 1,000 largest retirement plans: 2018

The total assets of the largest 1,000 U.S. retirement plans reached a record $10.326 trillion as of Sept. 30, up 10% from a year earlier, thanks in part to outstanding market returns, P&I's annual survey finds.

Frontlines

Editorial

Big shadow hangs over big data

Big shadow hangs over big data

Big data if misused could betray investors and traders enamored with its potential.

Defined contribution participants need equal access to the markets

Defined contribution participants need equal access to the markets

The decline in the number of publicly listed stocks is a mixed blessing, and has a profound impact on DC plan investors.

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