Investments

A Silver Lining: The Investment Implications of an Aging World

Published by: PGIM

For the first time in recorded history, the old will outnumber the young. This unprecedented aging of the global population has profound consequences for individuals, businesses, governments, and investors.

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.

China: In the Slough of Despond

Published by: Baillie Gifford International LLC

Baillie Gifford’s Richard Sneller holds his ground amid the cacophony of doomsayers anticipating Chinas imminent economic collapse, stating his belief in a further prolonged period of Chinese growth on the back of structural alterations to four factors of production.

Not All Quality is Created Equal

Published by: Jensen Investment Management

At Jensen, we define quality somewhat differently. We invite you to read the article below, as we explore the pros and cons of our unique definition of quality and how it relates to the broader market landscape through various market cycles.

Risk Tolerance: From the mind of the TDF investor

Published by: Vanguard

In this second of three papers, Vanguard experts present key findings from Vanguard's target-date fund investor survey.

The Illusion of Corporate Bond Diversification in a Balanced Portfolio

Published by: Community Capital Management, Inc.

Correlations between equity and corporate fixed income indices have historically been highest during times of negative equity returns, thus reducing the benefits of diversification. The paper discusses why taxable municipals can be a great alternative to corporate bonds in diversified portfolios.

Why We Favor European Equities

Published by: WisdomTree

We believe that, more than ever, fundamental strength should drive the relative performance among global equity markets going forward. Investors’ willingness to pay might be more constrained and bound by the rising uncertainty imposed by the divergence of major global monetary policies.

Product comprehension: From the mind of the TDF investor

Published by: Vanguard

In this first of three papers, Vanguard experts present key findings from Vanguard's target-date fund investor survey.

Multi-Asset Outlook: Positioning for a Global Growth Bounce

Published by: PineBridge Investments

We believe we are heading into a period with more - and bigger - winners and losers. It's never been more important to focus on fundamentals. Learn more about the forces that will shape markets, and where we see opportunity.

The Persistence of Smart Beta

Published by: S&P Dow Jones Indices

When evaluating investments linked to non-standard indices, investors should first ask if the anomaly is expected to persist, as well as if a particular vehicle is well-designed to exploit the factor.

The Pension Risk Transfer Market at $260 Billion: Innovation, Globalization and Growth

Published by: Prudential Retirement

The international pension risk transfer marketplace is experiencing remarkable growth, with more than $260 billion in transactions completed since 2007. Hundreds of companies have transferred pension risk, with at least 40 pension funds executing transactions over $1 billion.

Women versus men in DC plans

Published by: Vanguard

Learn the factors driving a sizeable difference in 401(k) wealth accumulation between men and women.

A revolution in equity investing: A deeper dive into non-financial data

Published by: UBS Asset Management

Non-financial data is playing an increasingly important role in equity analysis and investment strategy today. We explain the evolution in equity investing and why non-financial factors matter to financial performance, particularly those that pertain to environmental, social and governance issues.

Adding Value to Your DC Investment Lineup: Global Multi-Sector Fixed Income Strategies

Published by: T. Rowe Price

Core bond strategies remain the primary fixed income option in many defined contribution (DC) plans. However, these allocations may offer only limited diversification and return potential, especially in the current market environment.

Amid Corporate Bond Market Challenges, Achieving Sponsor LDI Objectives Using Custom Benchmarks.

Published by: T. Rowe Price Associates

With higher rates on the horizon, de-risking activity is poised to increase. Plan sponsors should begin preparing for the future today. We present an in-depth look at the challenging corporate credit environment, which demands diligent research and customized LDI solutions.

Emerging Markets Debt: Building Efficient Allocations

Published by: HSBC Global Asset Management

The growth of Emerging Markets Debt (EMD) comes with considerable complexity, and many investors are not fully aware of their exposures to this multi-dimensional asset class. Here we analyze and evaluate the factors driving EMD returns and discuss how to build efficient, well-diversified EMD portfolios.

Evaluating smart beta and other rules-based strategies

Published by: Vanguard

Learn the key differences between smart beta and traditional market-cap-weighted indexing strategies.

From Here to Normality: Fixed Income Investing Amid Shifting Interest Rates

Published by: PineBridge Investments

It's time for investors to reset and evaluate their traditional fixed income portfolio positioning for a new type of rate cycle. Successfully adapting will require repositioning allocations to navigate what's on the horizon. Learn how to prepare for what's next.

The Case for Geographically Unconstrained Equity Strategies

Published by: OppenheimerFunds

The diversification benefits of adding international equity exposure to a domestic portfolio are fading, given heightened correlations between regional equity indices. But global strategies may provide better diversification and, in the case of skilled managers, higher returns.

The unique value of Target-Date Funds

Published by: Charles Schwab Investment Management

Target-Date Funds are excellent low-maintenance retirement investment vehicles that have been developed to assist investors as they save for retirement. In this white paper, we will highlight the broad benefits they have provided to investors in various stages of life.

2015 Preqin Investor Network Global Alternatives Report

Published by: Preqin

Find out about the latest developments in the rapidly evolving alternative assets industry with the 2015 Preqin Investor Network Global Alternatives Report. Aimed exclusively at institutional investors, the report analyzes investors’ strategies, allocation levels and the returns they receive.

Emerging Market Debt: A Blended Approach

Published by: Aberdeen Asset Management

With emerging market debt it may pay to be adventurous and blended. Constructing an optimal portfolio across countries, instruments and industries helps diversify your fixed income approach. With 70 emerging market investment professionals, Aberdeen roams the globe for sources of income and yield.

Five Questions to Ask Your Currency Manager

Published by: Berenberg Asset Management

Can your currency manager deliver consistent outperformance over a sustainable period of time? In this piece, we outline five keys questions that help you answer this all important question.

Global Insights

Published by: Calamos Investments

A compendium of analysis from our global investment team. Commentary topics include global secular growth trends, global financial disintermediation, perspectives on biotechnology, economic reforms as a catalyst for investment opportunity, and emerging market growth as a tailwind for automation.

Guaranteed Lifetime Income and the Importance of Plan Design

Published by: Prudential Retirement

In Guaranteed Lifetime Income and the Importance of Plan Design, we examine how guaranteed lifetime income options are positively impacting enrollment and diversification, helping participants prepare for their Day One of retirement and all the days that follow.

How America Saves 2015

Published by: Vanguard

How America Saves analyzes saving, investing, and account activity trends in defined contribution plans at Vanguard. It offers useful insights into current issues, including employer contribution trends, automatic plan features, use of target-date funds, and use of advice services.

Seeking a glass half-full approach to bond investing

Published by: Newton Capital Management

Bond investors have been focused on whether the Federal Reserve will raise rates. This paper considers the implications of an increase and identifies steps investors can take to try to manage risk and avoid being damaged by short-term volatility.

Smart beta: 2015 global survey findings from asset owners

Published by: FTSE Russell

There is no denying smart beta has arrived and will continue to transform and impact the investment landscape. The most recent findings provide investors with further insights into the adoption and use of smart beta strategies among institutional asset owners.

The Dividends of a Dividend Approach

Published by: WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc.

The fundamental WisdomTree believes to be the strongest indicator of underlying value is the dividend. WisdomTree’s dividend-weighted Indexes allocate weights to stocks and countries by treating all dividends equally. Read more in our whitepaper “The Dividends of a Dividend Approach.”

The Growing Tailwind for Active Managers

Published by: Fred Alger Management, Inc.

Find out why the powerful forces that have made it challenging for active managers to outperform their benchmarks over the past several years are likely to reverse and, we believe, generate outperformance in the near future. 

The next stage in smart beta investing: Harnessing factor purity

Published by: HSBC Global Asset Management

Investors are asking ever more probing questions on how factors and factor combinations aim to add excess returns. We think investors should focus on the efficiency of factor exposures together with the underlying construction process of a factor-based strategy.

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