Latest White Papers

A powerful combination: Target-date funds and managed accounts

Published by: Vanguard

Cynthia Pagliaro and Stephen Utkus, Vanguard Center for Retirement Research, explain how a combination of target-date funds and managed accounts can work with all your plan participants.

Fooled by Conviction: The pitfalls of “high conviction” investing

Published by: S&P Dow Jones Indices

Active management advocates say managers should hold portfolios of just the securities in which they have the highest confidence. But growing “high conviction” investing is likely to increase risk, make manager skill harder to detect, raise asset owners’ costs, and reduce the number of outperforming funds.

Holistic DC

Published by: P&I Content Solutions Group

Taking a broad look at defined contribution plans that goes beyond investment lineups and return stats to include communication and engagement with participants.

Vanguard Life-Cycle Investing Model: A framework for building target-date portfolios

Published by: Vanguard

New tools from Vanguard can help determine if plan participants could benefit from a glide path designed for unique participant populations. Vanguard explains the inner workings of their proprietary model for glide path construction.

Innovations in DC Investment Options

Published by: P&I Content Solutions Group

In this roundtable, Matthew Soifer from BlackRock, Robert Collins from Partners Group, and David Skinner from PGIM Real Estate, explain how a range of strategies are being retooled specifically to meet the needs of the DC market, where plan sponsors are looking for ways to help participants achieve better results in a world of mediocre returns from traditional asset classes.

Key Fault Lines in the Global Earthquake Zone

Published by: Prudential Fixed Income

Slow economic growth. Mountains of debt. Central bank buying. Negative bond yields. Rising inequality. Find out how the macroeconomic and policy failures of developed economies led to rising political risk, how these risks interact, and the implications for fixed income strategies.

Where We Are Finding Growth: Internal Change Catalysts

Published by: Artisan Partners

Artisan Partners Growth Team examines an area of the market where it is finding growth opportunities despite a sluggish macro environment: Companies capitalizing on compelling internal change catalysts.

Real Assets: No Time Like the Present

Published by: P&I Content Solutions Group

Tony Charles, global head of research and strategy for Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing, Jim Clark, senior vice president and client portfolio manager at Nuveen Asset Management, and George Milling-Stanley, head of gold strategy at State Street Global Advisors, provide insight into why and how real assets can be a reliable investment choice today.

The Long and the Short of It: The Quant Shorting Advantage

Published by: QMA

Active extension, equity long-short, and equity market neutral products can be attractive for investors at any particular time, given investors' varied investment objectives and needs. QMA's paper describes how short selling can allow investors to find alpha in often overlooked places.

Defined Contribution Balances: Finding the Right Solution for Participant Management

Published by: Northern Trust

As DC plans increasingly replace defined benefit plans, responsibility for retirement readiness has shifted to employees. Auto-enrollment and auto-escalation help, but how else can we prepare participants to shoulder responsibility for their retirement outcomes?

Beyond Labels: Advancing Your Approach to Target-Date Evaluation and Selection

Published by: American Century Investments

Overview of four common labels to better compare TDFs – and advance the manager selection process.

Central Banks of the World: Yield to the Markets!

Published by: Prudential Fixed Income

Are overzealous monetary policies contributing to market volatility? Are the aggressive policies of the BoJ and ECB inflicting more harm than good? We also consider where policies are headed next and why this should support the bond markets.

DC Plan of the Future: DB Principles for the DC Generation

Published by: BNY Mellon

The age of DB may be over but many of its principles can be used to improve DC plans. BNY Mellon has revealing insights into how DC plan sponsors are drawing on DB best practices to increase efficiency.

LDI Implementation—Managing Surplus Volatility by Reducing the Drawdown Risk of Growth Assets

Published by: QMA

The funded statuses of defined benefit plans continue to struggle. QMA's US Market Participation Strategy—with its asymmetrical return profile and low correlation to other growth assets—provides an effective solution for draw-down risk while still seeking long term returns.

Smart Beta and the Evolution of Factor-Based Investing

Published by: PNC Capital Advisors

Recently, smart beta strategies have captured the attention of many investors. In Smart Beta and the Evolution of Factor-Based Investing, PNC Capital Advisors, a long-standing advocate and practitioner of factor-based investing, discusses smart beta and the progression to factor-based investing.

Passive and Active Fulfillment Choices
Target Date Funds: Combining the Best of Active and Passive

Published by: QMA

QMA discusses the characteristics of different types of active equity managers and examines the advantages of combining a quant approach with indexing. We also consider the implications in target date funds and how fulfillment choices impact retirement savings and income.

The Ease of Automation and Guaranteed Lifetime Income

Published by: Prudential Financial, Inc.

Prudential Retirement commissioned a survey that asked plan participants their thoughts on plan design features. This whitepaper takes an in-depth look at the findings and suggests ways for plan sponsors to better meet participant needs and expectations.

The Changing Equation: Building for Retirement in a Low Return World

Published by: BlackRock

What happens when longer retirements meet lower returns? DC plan participants need action and guidance to prepare. Explore BlackRock’s The Changing Equation: Building for Retirement in a Low Return World.

Brexit and the Long Term

Published by: P&I Content Solutions Group

In this roundtable discussion, Adrian Helfert from Amundi Smith Breeden, Arnab Das from Invesco Fixed Income, and Ellen Gaske from Prudential Fixed Income, explore the impact of the Brexit vote, what investors need to know now and where long-term investment opportunities lie.

Mapping the Boundaries Between Education and Advice Under the New Fiduciary Rule

Published by: PNC Retirement Solutions®

The Department of Labor set a clear framework for defining when communications to retirement plan participants and IRA owners constitute advice. Knowing where the line is drawn between communications that trigger fiduciary status and those that do not will be an important element in managing your fiduciary risk exposure.

Borrowing to Fund Pensions Could Enhance Shareholder Value

Published by: Prudential Retirement

In today’s low interest rate environment, sponsors of underfunded pension plans can borrow at attractive rates and contribute the proceeds to their pension plan, thereby reducing or even eliminating their pension deficit, while having the potential to create shareholder value.

Dividend-Weighting Equity Markets: 2006–2016

Published by: WisdomTree

The question we posed more than a decade ago, and that many investors are asking today, is this: Despite great strengths compared to active managers, are cap-weighted indexes optimal from an investment perspective? Or can alternatively weighted indexes serve passive investors better than index funds based on traditional benchmarks?

The timeless case for floating-rate loans as a strategic allocation

Published by: Eaton Vance Management

Floating-rate loans deserve consideration as a strategic portfolio allocation.

Lengthening the Investment Time Horizon

Published by: MFS Investment Management

Investors are increasingly making decisions based on short-term market trends due to the role of incentives, the media, financial reporting, and other decision-making biases. But there are opportunities for differentiated performance when investors hold securities for longer periods.

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