Defined Benefit Plans

The benefits of growth with lower volatility

Published by: Standard Life Investments

While investors recognize the benefits of a low-volatility growth strategy, some are challenged to incorporate them into a broader portfolio. Standard Life Investments demonstrates how these strategies can provide an overall solution and introduces an enhanced approach to achieving both reduced volatility and growth potential.

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.

Borrowing to Fund Pensions Could Enhance Shareholder Value

Published by: Prudential Retirement

In today’s low interest rate environment, sponsors of underfunded pension plans can borrow at attractive rates and contribute the proceeds to their pension plan, thereby reducing or even eliminating their pension deficit, while having the potential to create shareholder value.

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.

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.

Mapping the Boundaries Between Education and Advice Under the New Fiduciary Rule

Published by: PNC Retirement Solutions®

The Department of Labor set a clear framework for defining when communications to retirement plan participants and IRA owners constitute advice. Knowing where the line is drawn between communications that trigger fiduciary status and those that do not will be an important element in managing your fiduciary risk exposure.

The Global Credit Cycle: What Inning Are We In?

Published by: Prudential Fixed Income

All credit cycles have almost eerie similarities as well as distinct nuances. In this paper, we describe the unique characteristics of the current credit cycle and highlight how various industries are moving through the cycle at different paces.

Expanding the Case for Stable Value - What drives decision-makers to embrace stable value

Published by: Prudential Retirement

What drives decision-makers to adopt stable value funds? That is the question at the heart of Prudential Retirement’s latest research paper, Expanding the Case for Stable Value: New Insights into What Drives Decision-Makers to Embrace Stable Value Funds.

Reducing Pension Risk: The Five Myths Holding Back Plan Sponsors

Published by: Prudential Retirement

This paper demonstrates that conventional wisdom about de-risking DB plans is often false. Invalidating the "five myths" can help broaden the range of options that DB plan sponsors are willing to evaluate when formulating their long-term pension strategies.

The Resurgence of Non-Agency Residential Mortgages and RMBS

Published by: Angel Oak Capital Advisors, LLC

The 2007-2008 housing crisis led to the near disappearance of non-agency mortgage origination. Almost a decade after the crisis, however, non-agency lending and securitizations are making a comeback with much more stringent underwriting criteria and present a unique investment opportunity.

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.

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.

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