Latest White Papers

Retirement distribution decisions among DC participants

Published by: Vanguard

The majority of retirement-age DC plan participants leave their plan within five years of separation from service. Participants are more likely to remain when plans permit flexible distributions, having implications for target-date fund design and retirement income programs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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