Equities

Not your parent's ESG

Published by: P&I Content Solutions

As responsible investing gains steam among asset owners, the concept is evolving from a distinct approach to a set of factors that influence a broader range of investments and investors.

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.

AIQ: Spheres of influence. The new geopolitical order

Published by: Aviva Investors

In our cover story, Aviva Investors looks at whether national self-interest in the US, China and Russia will lead to the emergence of new spheres of influence, and the potential economic and market ramifications.

Active and Passive: Complementary, Not Competing, Strategies

Published by: American Century Investments

We are in the middle of a massive transformation of the asset management industry, as assets are increasingly shifting from active to passive. Which is better? We argue the “right” answer depends on an investor’s goals, risk tolerance, time horizon, and view on markets, among other factors.

From Infancy to Maturity: Emerging Market Local Debt Enters Its Prime

Published by: OFI Global

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.

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.

Populism and the Threat to Globalization

Published by: Standard Life Investments

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.

Schroders' Global Investor Study (pension fund investors) – Focusing on investment outcomes and ESG issues

Published by: Schroders

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.

Multi-Asset Strategies: Giving asset owners peace of mind in today’s uncertain investment environment

Published by: P&I Content Solutions

In this round table, James Macey, portfolio manager for Franklin Templeton Solutions, Ashwin Alankar, global head of asset allocation and risk management for Janus Capital Group, and Michael J. Kelly, global head of multi-asset for PineBridge Investments, discuss what multi-asset strategies can deliver, what they can’t deliver and how investors can use them to help meet their return objectives.

A different kind of target-date investor

Published by: Vanguard

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.

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.

Building a Smart Beta Core U.S. Equity Allocation in Mid- and Small Caps

Published by: WisdomTree

This paper will discuss what WisdomTree believes is one key factor to building smart beta indexes for U.S. equities: profitability. Incorporating profitability into the selection and weighting of its components is one element that sets WisdomTree apart in its earnings family of Indexes.

Investment Quarterly: The New Active

Published by: State Street Global Advisors

The combination of factor investing and technology is transforming active management. In this issue we showcase how our active quant heritage equips us to build more robust factor-based alpha models.

An examination of global asset allocation and home bias

Published by: Vanguard

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?

ESG Today: Implementing Change

Published by: P&I Content Solutions Group

Jackie VanderBrug, managing director and investment strategist at Bank of America Global Wealth & Investment Management Chief Investment Office; Bruno Bertocci, senior portfolio manager and managing director at UBS Asset Management; and Tim Barron, chief investment officer at Segal RogersCasey, discuss advances in ESG in terms of impact, measurement and building customized solutions, and explain how integrating ESG factors can improve returns and reduce risk.

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.

Real Assets: No Time Like the Present

Published by: P&I Content Solutions Group

Tony Charles, global head of research and strategy for Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing, Jim Clark, senior vice president and client portfolio manager at Nuveen Asset Management, and George Milling-Stanley, head of gold strategy at State Street Global Advisors, provide insight into why and how real assets can be a reliable investment choice today.

Innovations in DC Investment Options

Published by: P&I Content Solutions Group

In this roundtable, Matthew Soifer from BlackRock, Robert Collins from Partners Group, and David Skinner from PGIM Real Estate, explain how a range of strategies are being retooled specifically to meet the needs of the DC market, where plan sponsors are looking for ways to help participants achieve better results in a world of mediocre returns from traditional asset classes.

Lengthening the Investment Time Horizon

Published by: MFS Investment Management

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.

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.

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.

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.

Defined Contribution Balances: Finding the Right Solution for Participant Management

Published by: Northern Trust

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?

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.

Holistic DC

Published by: P&I Content Solutions Group

Taking a broad look at defined contribution plans that goes beyond investment lineups and return stats to include communication and engagement with participants.

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.

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.

Smart Beta and the Evolution of Factor-Based Investing

Published by: PNC Capital Advisors

Recently, smart beta strategies have captured the attention of many investors. In Smart Beta and the Evolution of Factor-Based Investing, PNC Capital Advisors, a long-standing advocate and practitioner of factor-based investing, discusses smart beta and the progression to factor-based investing.

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.

The Long and the Short of It: The Quant Shorting Advantage

Published by: QMA

Active extension, equity long-short, and equity market neutral products can be attractive for investors at any particular time, given investors' varied investment objectives and needs. QMA's paper describes how short selling can allow investors to find alpha in often overlooked places.

The timeless case for floating-rate loans as a strategic allocation

Published by: Eaton Vance Management

Floating-rate loans deserve consideration as a strategic portfolio allocation.

Where We Are Finding Growth: Internal Change Catalysts

Published by: Artisan Partners

Artisan Partners Growth Team examines an area of the market where it is finding growth opportunities despite a sluggish macro environment: Companies capitalizing on compelling internal change catalysts.

Brexit and the Long Term

Published by: P&I Content Solutions Group

In this roundtable discussion, Adrian Helfert from Amundi Smith Breeden, Arnab Das from Invesco Fixed Income, and Ellen Gaske from Prudential Fixed Income, explore the impact of the Brexit vote, what investors need to know now and where long-term investment opportunities lie.

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.

Engagement for Satisfaction: A retirement advisor’s guide to showing value

Published by: Wells Fargo Asset Management

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.

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.

China's debt problem may be different from what you think

Published by: BNP Paribas Investment Partners

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.

Currencies are a Zero Sum Game

Published by: Berenberg Asset Management LLC

Are currencies a "zero sum game"? In this short paper, 30 year currency pioneer and CEO of Berenberg Asset Management, Gary Klopfenstein, addresses this question as it relates to the management of currency risk in a global portfolio. This paper is a must read for any institutional investor with a global investment allocation.

DC Goes Global: 10 Best Practices for Global DC Plans

Published by: State Street Global Advisors

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.

Dividend-Weighting Equity Markets: 2006–2016

Published by: WisdomTree

The question we posed more than a decade ago, and that many investors are asking today, is this: Despite great strengths compared to active managers, are cap-weighted indexes optimal from an investment perspective? Or can alternatively weighted indexes serve passive investors better than index funds based on traditional benchmarks?

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.

Long-Termism Versus Short-Termism: Time for the Pendulum to Shift?

Published by: S&P Dow Jones Indices

Corporate sentiment, investor holding data, and secular trends highlight the short-term pressures companies face. A coalition of large-asset owners has realized the need for change and has put forth its recommendations on how the asset owner community can adopt long-termism principles.

Managing Fixed Income

Published by: P&I Content Solutions Group

Emerging markets, duration and high yield are among the ideas discussed by Michael Hyman, head of investment grade portfolio management at Invesco, Mike Collins, senior investment officer at Prudential Fixed Income and Seth Bancroft, a research consultant at NEPC.

Preqin Special Report: Investor Analyst- See How Investment Strategies Measure Up

Published by: Preqin

Gain valuable insight into the portfolio construction, alternative asset allocation evaluation and investment activities of institutional investors based on the results of a recent Preqin survey. This report also features case studies comparing different investors utilizing Preqin's industry-leading data.

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.

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