Defined Benefit Plans

Implementation considerations for factor investing

Published by: FTSE Russell

Institutional investors should care about factors. They are systematic drivers of portfolio risk and return and at the heart of risk management tools. A more recent offering is the introduction of smart beta—or factor-investing techniques—to the allocation decision of many institutions.

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.

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.

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.

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