As Participant Sentiments Improve, Sponsor Decumulation Concerns Increase

Anne Ackerley, head of BlackRock’s defined contribution business, sat down last week with PLANADVISER to offer a sneak peek at the DCIO provider’s latest DC Pulse Survey; the data shows increased confidence among plan participants, while sponsors have emerging decumulation concerns.

DC Plans Slowly Close Pension Performance Advantage

According to data from CEM Benchmarking, defined benefit pensions have outperformed defined contribution plans by less than half a percentage point over the last decade—described as a “huge improvement” for DC plan sponsors.

Retirement Industry People Moves

Brokerage Solutions Firm SaveDaily Hires Industry Veteran as CEO; Business Development Director Becomes RVP at John Hancock; OM Asset Management Rebrands as BrightSphere Investment Group; and more.

A Passionate Defense of ESG Investing from Connecticut Treasurer

While the investing rules controlling the Connecticut public pension fund are different from those governing corporate retirement plans, the argumentation as to why gun manufacturer divestment may be the right thing to do offers some food for thought for anyone charged with the fiduciary management of retirement plan assets.

Non-Mortgage Debt Derails Retirement Savings for Many

Among those who said they would like to save more, 56% said retirement was a top reason; however, LIMRA found that debt is a major obstacle preventing many people from saving as much as they would like.

Investment Products and Services Launches

Wilmington Trust to Support Franklin Templeton CITs; Ryan Labs Releases Strategy for Corporate and Public Pensions; and TriLine Issues Energy-Related ETF.

Register Now for the 2018 PLANADVISER National Conference

Annually, the top tier of retirement plan advisers from across the U.S., including the PLANADVISER Top 100 and the PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Advisers of the Year, gather in Orlando, Florida, for three days of discussion and debate; reserve your spot today for the 2018 event.