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The Science of Superior Service research

Published by: Wells Fargo Asset Management

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Getting smart (beta) about target date funds

Published by: BlackRock

Can factor investing help target date funds achieve their objectives? Explore how carefully selected smart beta exposures can be implemented within the glidepath to seek additional return for younger participants and reduced volatility near retirement.

High Conviction Active Management Asserts Strength Over Time

Published by: ClearBridge Investments

Arguments against the ability of active strategies to outperform market benchmarks fail to differentiate the many active management approaches available to investors. A recent ClearBridge analysis identifies turnover rate and number of holdings as determinants of performance among active strategies.

The Merits and Methods of Multi-Factor Investing

Published by: S&P Dow Jones Indices

With a wealth of smart beta indices to choose from, market participants may find it difficult to decide when each factor-based strategy is best suited to deliver returns. Is it wise to rely solely on the performance of one factor? If not, what multi-factor approaches could be considered and how effective are they?

Harvesting return premiums in private credit

Published by: CPP Investment Board

As a leading investor in private credit, learn why CPP Investment Board is attracted to the asset class in this Q&A with CPPIB's John Graham, Managing Director and Head of Principal Investments. Hint: Solid-risk adjusted returns is a significant factor.

Generating Passive Alpha in the Core of a Portfolio

Published by: WisdomTree

This paper examines the philosophical and fundamental underpinnings for the creation of the WisdomTree fundamentally weighted Indexes, showcases the impressive performance track record generated, indicates the factors we believe drove performance, and concludes with how we think these strategies fit into the U.S. equity market context today.

Managing investment outcomes with volatility control

Published by: Schroders

Asset price volatility is a concern for most investors. One answer is to use a volatility-controlled strategy; one that seeks to reduce the risk, while retaining much of the growth within the portion of a portfolio.

Rethinking Longevity Risk: A Framework to Address the Tail End

Published by: S&P Dow Jones Indices

With the significant improvement of human lifespan, traditional retirement thinking does not adequately take into account the need for providing for the tail end of the lifespan in the form of a stable stream of retirement income.

Revisiting the Global Credit Cycle

Published by: PGIM Fixed Income

Find out how new, pro-growth U.S. policies could accelerate the current credit cycle, requiring increased attention to tail risk in fixed income portfolio construction.

Strengthening the core: Preparing DC menus for the next evolution

Published by: BlackRock

Core menus are designed to provide choice and diversification. But are they meeting that expectation? Our examination suggests four key steps to drive the next evolution of investment menus.

A Case for Dividend Growth Strategies

Published by: S&P Dow Jones Indices

Dividend strategies have gained a foothold with market participants seeking potential outperformance and attractive yields in the low-rate environment since 2008. Stocks with a history of dividend growth could present a compelling investment opportunity when rates are rising.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rising interest rates: Weighing risk for TDF retirees

Published by: Vanguard

Vanguard discusses how a higher interest rate environment might impact investors who rely on target-date funds in retirement. The authors argue that a hike in interest rates can be positive for retirees, particularly if it coincides with economic growth.

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