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Retirement: From the mind of the TDF investor

Published by: Vanguard

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

Key to Sponsor Satisfaction: A retirement advisor's guide to unlocking sponsor secrets

Published by: Wells Fargo Asset Management

Looking for the key to unlock sponsor satisfaction? The Formulas for Satisfaction guide reveals what sponsors expect from top retirement advisors and provides actions you can take to improve your relationships.

Pensions With Purpose: Meeting the Retirement Challenge

Published by: State Street Corporation

“Pensions with Purpose: Meeting the Retirement Challenge,” is based on a global survey of 400 pension funds and interviews with more than 40 industry experts. The study reveals that pension fund leaders are building internal expertise while reinforcing risk and governance frameworks for long-term strength and agility.

Are Central Banks Losing Their Mojo?

Published by: Prudential Fixed Income

In recent weeks, the effectiveness of monetary policy has been questioned. This paper highlights the circumstances that have led up to the change in market perception and discusses the need for a comprehensive policy response to mitigate systemic risks.

Choices to Address Foreign Currency Exposure

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

Institutional portfolios typically hold a significant allocation of foreign currency denominated assets. Left unmanaged, this currency exposure receives little or no risk premium and adds unwanted volatility. This paper outlines best-practice solutions to be considered when addressing currency exposures.

Introducing an Innovative Approach to Retirement Investing

Published by: S&P Dow Jones Indices

As the ongoing shift from DB to DC continues, individuals are challenged with the burdens of long term investing and judiciously transitioning to income generation. Learn how the S&P STRIDE Indices offer an innovative approach to these significant hurdles.

Not All Quality is Created Equal

Published by: Jensen Investment Management

At Jensen, we define quality somewhat differently. We invite you to read the article below, as we explore the pros and cons of our unique definition of quality and how it relates to the broader market landscape through various market cycles.

Preparing for Pension Risk Transfer

Published by: Prudential Retirement

Pension risk transfer activity in the U.S. exceeded $14B in 2015. Given the increasing number of buy-out transactions, and the volatility and increasing costs associated with DB plans, plan sponsors are finding their boards of directors eager to understand how to execute a buy-out solution.

Risk Tolerance: From the mind of the TDF investor

Published by: Vanguard

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

The Illusion of Corporate Bond Diversification in a Balanced Portfolio

Published by: Community Capital Management, Inc.

Correlations between equity and corporate fixed income indices have historically been highest during times of negative equity returns, thus reducing the benefits of diversification. The paper discusses why taxable municipals can be a great alternative to corporate bonds in diversified portfolios.

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.

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