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Shifting DC Times

Published by: Invesco

Introducing Shifting DC Times, a thought-leading publication devoted to supporting your mission — to help American workers achieve a more secure retirement. Each issue focuses on the latest DC thinking and offers concrete ways to turn that thinking into action.

Mapping China’s Rise to Asset Class Status

Published by: KraneShares

Is it time to declare that the world’s second largest economy and equity market is an asset class? We developed a framework based on comprehensive research that shows China is more than just an opportunity, it's a strategic investment category.

Targeting International Growth with a Broad Mandate

Published by: ClearBridge Investments

We believe successful investment in international growth equities requires having a differentiated view and a willingness to own overlooked and out of benchmark growth companies. A valuation approach to growth points us to opportunities and contributes to risk management.

Take Bold Steps to Fund and Meaningfully Reduce Liabilities: What CFOs Need to Know

Published by: Prudential Retirement

Pension deficits will not resolve themselves. Billions of dollars have been contributed to fund up plans in 2018. Why? There has never been a better time to make a contribution, close funding gaps, and take steps to meaningfully reduce risk.

2018 Mid-Year Global Market Outlook: Weatherproof Your Portfolio

Published by: State Street Global Advisors

Our annual Mid-Year Global Market Outlook focuses on prospective investment opportunities that still exist in the second half of the year, but why a more selective defensive approach may be required.

Global vision, local benefits: A framework for multi-national companies

Published by: BlackRock

A growing number of multi-national companies are embracing a globally-coordinated approach to managing their retirement plans. To help you build on your retirement plan vision, BlackRock has created a framework for designing global retirement principles and governance.

Performance dynamics driving fiduciaries to multimanager target-date funds

Published by: John Hancock Investments

New survey shows multimanager target-date funds are now the majority’s preference What’s behind this sea change in plan design? Fiduciaries directing plan participants to QDIAs dominated by manager concentration risk need to see these survey findings now.

The Case For Global Bonds

Published by: PGIM Fixed Income

PGIM Fixed Income examines how an actively-managed, hedged global bond portfolio can reduce volatility and improve return efficiency relative to a domestic-only, fixed income allocation over the intermediate to long term.

The Relevance of Gold as a Strategic Asset

Published by: World Gold Council

Gold can play a fundamental role in a portfolio. Our analysis shows that adding 2%, 5% or 10% in gold over the past decade to the average pension fund portfolio would have both increased returns and reduced volatility, resulting in higher risk-adjusted returns.

Tight Spreads Shouldn’t Diminish High Yield’s Appeal

Published by: Artisan Partners

Despite tight credit spreads, Artisan Partners Credit Team believes the benign credit backdrop of strong economic momentum and low default activity should create a favorable environment for high yield investors going forward.

Indexing the World

Published by: FTSE Russell

In June 2018, FTSE Russell announced the launch of the FTSE Global Micro Cap Index Series, extending target coverage of the FTSE Global Equity Indexes (FTSE GEIS) to over 99% of developed and emerging markets globally

Pension Derisking Comes of Age

Published by: Capital Group, Fidelity Management & Research Co, Western Asset Management Co.

In this round table discussion, Gary Veerman, head of LDI solutions at Capital Group, François Pellerin, an LDI strategist in the fixed-income division at Fidelity Management & Research Co., and James So, a product specialist at Western Asset Management Co., discuss how plan sponsors are approaching pension derisking, what mistakes they often make and what the future holds.

Benefits and Beyond: How Employers Think About Financial Wellness

Published by: Prudential

As a long-standing provider of employee benefits; Prudential sponsored a survey to gain perspective on how employers think about their benefits programs overall, and gauge the role that financial wellness programs play.

How Multi-Asset Investing Can Fit in a Modern Portfolio

Published by: Aberdeen Standard Investments, Invesco

In this round table discussion, K. Stuart Peskin, investment director at Aberdeen Standard Investments, Danielle Singer, portfolio director, multi asset, at Invesco, and Mark Andersen, senior vice president at Callan’s Trust Advisory Group, discuss the opportunities and challenges for investors, and the outcome-orientation of multi-asset investing strategies for optimal positioning in all types of market environments.

China’s A-Share Market: More Investable than Skeptics Might Think

Published by: Matthews Asia

Explore reasons why the A-share market is appealing to institutional investors, including improving governance and a fast-growing private sector.

Dividend Growth’s Drivers: Picking Apart Quality

Published by: WisdomTree

Using the DuPont model to examine ROE and future dividend growth potential.

Emerging Markets Equity: What Do They Know?

Published by: Janus Henderson Investors

Emerging market equity (EME) allocations among investor types vary greatly, with renowned institutional endowments significantly overweight the asset class compared to others. While investors have embraced the return potential of private equity, EME allocations generally remain stagnant, with many simply matching their regional allocation to the MSCI All-Country World Index. We assess the differences and encourage return-seeking investors to revisit their EME allocations.

Has technology become an enemy of globalization?

Published by: AGF Investments

Restrictive trade policies and populist politics are serious hazards for a global economy that is more interconnected than ever before, but new technological advances in automation and artificial intelligence may be even bigger risks to the ongoing pursuit of globalization. Find out why and how investors can respond.

IQ Magazine: Life After Easy Money

Published by: State Street Global Advisors

Our Investment Quarterly Magazine discusses the forces that will influence corporate performance — and, ultimately, asset prices — as the age of easy money draws to a close.

Outperformance in Equal-Weight Indices

Published by: S&P Dow Jones Indices

Equal-weight indices were among the first non-capitalization-weighted indices to emerge as vehicles for passive investments and have demonstrated outperformance in multiple global markets. This paper explores the sources of this outperformance and potential applications of these strategies in a portfolio.

Retirement spending for the next generation

Published by: BlackRock

Will today’s workers actually get the short end of the stick when it comes to generating retirement income? Learn more about new tools and information that can help create more consistent spending for future retirees.

Strategies For Decreasing a Pension Plan’s Unfunded Liability and Help Preserve Cash Through Real Estate

Published by: Colliers International & Kutak Rock LLP

This paper describes corporate and governmental organizations appealing alternative funding of pension plan obligations using owned real estate. In a manner consistent with legal and ERISA requirements, large in-kind contribution credits and freedom from future cash payments can be achieved.

The Power of Focus: Looking for Alpha in a Sea of Beta

Published by: Fred Alger Management, Inc.

Alger asked Greenwich Associates to explore the appetite for and popularity of focused strategies. The Power of Focus: Looking for Alpha in a Sea of Beta indicates that the need for increased alpha is driving the shift toward focused strategies.

Invesco Global Fixed Income Study 2018

Published by: Invesco Fixed Income

The study explores six key themes within the fixed income asset class through the opinions and experiences of 79 leading fixed income specialists across pension funds, sovereign investors, insurers and private banks around the world.

The Power of The Wellness Effect: Seeing the Real Value of Employee Financial Health

Published by: Prudential Retirement

When financial wellness works, we all benefit. It's what Prudential calls "The Wellness Effect." This paper presents Prudential's unique perspectives on financial wellness, along with best practices for implementing financial wellness solutions.

Public Equities as Impact Investments

Published by: ClearBridge Investments

Public companies create impact due simply to their global reach, deep supply chains and communities where they operate. Asset managers can enhance the impact and performance of public equities by actively allocating to those having a positive influence on society and the planet.

Incorporating Free Cash Flow Yield in Dividend Analysis

Published by: S&P Dow Jones Indices

Dividends are a key contributor to total equity returns. This paper studies whether incorporating free cash flow yield into dividend analysis can deliver superior risk adjusted returns than pure dividend yield or free cash flow yield portfolios, without sacrificing income.

Step Forward, Look Both Ways

Published by: State Street Global Advisors

Our annual Global Market Outlook forecasts a year supportive of risk assets, but with a note of caution for investors as the growth cycle extends.

Venturing Abroad for Opportunities in Small-Cap Stocks

Published by: WisdomTree

If we think back to the performance with which we as U.S. investors are most familiar, it is that of U.S. equities. The simple fact has been this: The more exposure one has had to U.S. equities, the better the returns have been over most of the past decade. While we don’t think there are any immediate signs of the U.S. bull market run ending, non-U.S. small caps have begun to outperform U.S. small caps, and their valuation advantage remains compelling.

Making a better benchmark: A practical guide to effective market representation

Published by: FTSE Russell

Everyone knows what makes a quality benchmark — or do we? Learn more about the core principles of benchmark design and the inevitable trade-offs required to make the most practical index tools.

The Chairman – How Xi Jinping is shaping China’s future

Published by: Aviva Investors

Xi Jinping is set to begin another term as Chinese President--and become the most powerful Chinese leader since Chairman Mao. What does this mean for China and the world? Find out in the latest AIQ magazine from Aviva Investors.

Making STRIDEs in Evaluating the Performance of Retirement Solutions

Published by: S&P Dow Jones Indices

The S&P Shift to Retirement Income and Decumulation (STRIDE) Index Series incorporates an innovative risk management framework focused on providing increasing levels of clarity and stability around sustainable annual consumption in retirement. This paper tests S&P STRIDE’s approach to consumption risk management and asset allocation over the period 2003 to 2016.

The growth of passive investing: Has there been an impact on the US equity market?

Published by: FTSE Russell

What could the growth of passive investing mean for the market? Learn more about the influences at play on the markets, the investment industry and pricing.

Climate change: redefining the risks using Carbon VaR

Published by: Schroders

We’re concerned that investors are focused more on urging action than developing risk management solutions. With nearly 20% of corporate earnings potentially depleting to meet carbon price targets, we introduce Carbon VaR as a new tool to manage climate risks.

Decumulation in Defined Contribution: The second act

Published by: BlackRock

Is your DC plan ready for the shift from saving to retirement spending? As today’s employees retire, they will increasingly want (and need) assistance to translate their retirement assets into income. Explore how DC plans can help provide a solution.

From Stall Speed to Reflation: A Turning Point for Investing

Published by: PineBridge Investments

Markets have finally entered a new regime of improving confidence, growth, leverage, and prices. For investors, success ahead will require a more active approach.

Invested in Disruption

Published by: State Street Global Advisors

Disruptive forces across markets, industries and global demographics are driving new thinking and opportunities for investors. Our Investment Quarterly magazine analyses the trends and how investors can capitalize on them.

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