Asset Owners

Product comprehension: From the mind of the TDF investor

Published by: Vanguard

In this first of three papers, Vanguard experts present key findings from Vanguard's target-date fund investor survey.

Absolute Return Fixed Income: What It Is, How It Works, and Who It Is For

Published by: Fischer Francis Trees & Watts, a BNP Paribas Investment Partner

Investors are becoming more familiar with absolute return but with only the broadest overall definition. It’s not easy to identify what the product is or the problems it may solve. This paper defines absolute return and explains the characteristics to be aware of when evaluating the asset class.

The Pension Risk Transfer Market at $260 Billion: Innovation, Globalization and Growth

Published by: Prudential Retirement

The international pension risk transfer marketplace is experiencing remarkable growth, with more than $260 billion in transactions completed since 2007. Hundreds of companies have transferred pension risk, with at least 40 pension funds executing transactions over $1 billion.

Women versus men in DC plans

Published by: Vanguard

Learn the factors driving a sizeable difference in 401(k) wealth accumulation between men and women.

A revolution in equity investing: A deeper dive into non-financial data

Published by: UBS Asset Management

Non-financial data is playing an increasingly important role in equity analysis and investment strategy today. We explain the evolution in equity investing and why non-financial factors matter to financial performance, particularly those that pertain to environmental, social and governance issues.

Overlay or Pray . . .

Published by: Berenberg Asset Management LLC

Annual volatility and end-of-period asset value can have a meaningful effect on institutional investors. Most investment committees are not set up to make tactical allocations at times of market stress. Risk overlay solves this problem.

Adding Value to Your DC Investment Lineup: Global Multi-Sector Fixed Income Strategies

Published by: T. Rowe Price

Core bond strategies remain the primary fixed income option in many defined contribution (DC) plans. However, these allocations may offer only limited diversification and return potential, especially in the current market environment.

Amid Corporate Bond Market Challenges, Achieving Sponsor LDI Objectives Using Custom Benchmarks.

Published by: T. Rowe Price Associates

With higher rates on the horizon, de-risking activity is poised to increase. Plan sponsors should begin preparing for the future today. We present an in-depth look at the challenging corporate credit environment, which demands diligent research and customized LDI solutions.

Emerging Markets Debt: Building Efficient Allocations

Published by: HSBC Global Asset Management

The growth of Emerging Markets Debt (EMD) comes with considerable complexity, and many investors are not fully aware of their exposures to this multi-dimensional asset class. Here we analyze and evaluate the factors driving EMD returns and discuss how to build efficient, well-diversified EMD portfolios.

“To” versus “Through”: The great glidepath debate

Published by: TIAA-CREF Asset Management

Differences in target-date fund (TDF) design can make a big difference in retirement savings and income. TDFs with a “Through” retirement glidepath can increase savings and provide more effective protection against longevity risk, compared to TDFs with a “To” glidepath.

A (mis)calculated risk: How focusing on the wrong risk has undermined wealth preservation strategies

Published by: Schroders

Finding an innovative and balanced growth and preservation strategy is the next frontier for successful wealth preservation. How prepared are you for this journey? At Schroders, innovation and forward-thinking are part of our 210-year investment heritage. Find out more.

Five Questions to Ask Your Currency Manager

Published by: Berenberg Asset Management

Can your currency manager deliver consistent outperformance over a sustainable period of time? In this piece, we outline five keys questions that help you answer this all important question.

Global Insights

Published by: Calamos Investments

A compendium of analysis from our global investment team. Commentary topics include global secular growth trends, global financial disintermediation, perspectives on biotechnology, economic reforms as a catalyst for investment opportunity, and emerging market growth as a tailwind for automation.

Guaranteed Lifetime Income and the Importance of Plan Design

Published by: Prudential Retirement

In Guaranteed Lifetime Income and the Importance of Plan Design, we examine how guaranteed lifetime income options are positively impacting enrollment and diversification, helping participants prepare for their Day One of retirement and all the days that follow.

How America Saves 2015

Published by: Vanguard

How America Saves analyzes saving, investing, and account activity trends in defined contribution plans at Vanguard. It offers useful insights into current issues, including employer contribution trends, automatic plan features, use of target-date funds, and use of advice services.

Smart beta: 2015 global survey findings from asset owners

Published by: FTSE Russell

There is no denying smart beta has arrived and will continue to transform and impact the investment landscape. The most recent findings provide investors with further insights into the adoption and use of smart beta strategies among institutional asset owners.

STABLE VALUE: A Multipurpose Investment Option for Retirement Plans

Published by: Prudential Financial

As stable value's popularity grows, an understanding of the asset class is essential. This paper provides a concise overview of stable value, including how it works, its role in defined contribution plans and where it is poised to expand.

The next stage in smart beta investing: Harnessing factor purity

Published by: HSBC Global Asset Management

Investors are asking ever more probing questions on how factors and factor combinations aim to add excess returns. We think investors should focus on the efficiency of factor exposures together with the underlying construction process of a factor-based strategy.

Satisfy Department of Labor Guidelines with a Participant-Focused Approach to Target Date Funds

Published by: Capital Group

Capital Group outlines a comprehensive way of evaluating target date funds to help satisfy DOL guidelines, while supporting participants’ retirement savings efforts. Learn about the key factors in our white paper. Securities offered through American Funds Distributors, Inc.

Rethinking Target-Date Fund Design: Managing Participant Risk

Published by: Prudential

This paper explains the thinking behind Prudential’s Day One Funds, our family of target date funds created to address the retirement risks we all face – with a particular focus on longevity risk.

Back to the future? A return to pre-crisis transaction volumes strains due diligence resources

Published by: McGladrey

Fierce competition for real estate assets is having ramifications for the due diligence process. Requirements are more rigorous than ever, yet the due diligence timeline is being compressed. Investors need to work harder (and faster) to ensure investment success.

Hibernation: Managing a Sleeping Bear

Published by: Prudential Fixed Income

Many asset managers today advocate that plan sponsors consider a risk-reduction strategy called “hibernation”. But just as glidepaths don’t always “glide”, hibernation is not a passive strategy, but one that needs to be carefully watched. In this paper, we consider how the interplay between a smarter hibernation strategy and different de-risking tools can allow a plan to slowly wind down in both size and risk.

Target-date Fund Adoption in 2014

Published by: Vanguard

In this new research note, you'll get Vanguard's latest statistics on TDFs. Author Jean Young also examines some key reasons why TDFs continue to reshape investment patterns in DC plans, the growing use of automatic enrollment, and their designation as a qualified default investment alternative.

The Investment and Management of Frozen Pension Plans

Published by: Russell Investments

Thousands of corporate pension plans in America have been frozen, while many others are considering such a step. Russell’s Frozen Plan Handbook serves as a simple guide for those who have already frozen—or are considering freezing—their pension plan.

Weighing the Pension Investment Implications of Mortality Assumption Changes

Published by: Standish

New mortality assumptions reflect improved longevity and will therefore result in increases to both pension liabilities and plan durations. Standish looks at the investment considerations associated with the change in mortality assumptions used for calculating pension liabilities.

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