Investors in EM debt have traditionally pursued bonds issued in an advanced country's currency, but today there is a more robust sector of locally denominated bonds. We believe this sector features more attractive risk/reward characteristics than ever before.
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.
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.
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.
What is driving the rise of populist parties in Europe, the election of President Trump, Brexit? We explore these issues alongside social and cultural changes globally and consider the implications for the future of globalization and for markets.
A new political and economic landscape is changing investors’ priorities and approach. The Schroders Global Investor Study shows that a focus on investment outcome rather than relative return is fuelling a significant rise in multi-asset and smart beta investing.
In A different kind of target-date investor, from Vanguard Center for Investor Research, authors examine how participants become mixed target-date investors, determine if the concerns raised about mixed target-date investors are valid, and suggest measures to avoid such risks.
Research has found that asset allocation is the key driver of return variability for a diversified portfolio. Vanguard offers clarity with two questions: How does asset allocation affect risk/return expectations? And how much home bias is reasonable?
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.
Investors are increasingly making decisions based on short-term market trends due to the role of incentives, the media, financial reporting, and other decision-making biases. But there are opportunities for differentiated performance when investors hold securities for longer periods.
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.
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.
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.
Overview of four common labels to better compare TDFs – and advance the manager selection process.
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.
As DC plans increasingly replace defined benefit plans, responsibility for retirement readiness has shifted to employees. Auto-enrollment and auto-escalation help, but how else can we prepare participants to shoulder responsibility for their retirement outcomes?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for the key to show your value with sponsors? The Engagement for Satisfaction guide reveals ways to start conversations with sponsors about plan and participant insights. A sample participant education opportunity: 68% of workers over 40 regret not saving earlier.
Debt arises when an economy transforms its savings into investment. Some observers argue that China’s debt-to-GDP ratio, estimated at close to 250% in 2015, has reached a point that could soon trigger a systemic collapse. This paper goes back to the basics to assess the situation.
State Street Global Advisors partnered with their multinational clients to provide 10 best practices for Global DC Plans. These guidelines help establish a strong framework for efficiently managing DC plans for a globalized workforce.
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.
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