PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 8th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! So far in 2018 there has been something of a resurgence of the target-date fund research topic in the financial services trade media. As the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009 retreats further into the rear-view mirror, providers are increasingly concerned about investor complacency—and on the optimal way to shape their risk glide paths for TDF product users who are approaching and entering retirement. Providers are also more prone to discuss the way workplace demographic shifts are morphing their approach to risk management and product presentation. Find the latest retirement investing news and analysis below.

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TDF Investor Behavior Improves, But Allocation Mistakes Remain Common
As new data shared by Vanguard shows, when constructing their own retirement portfolios, about 10% of participants still tend to hold extreme allocations—defined here as holding either 0% or 100% equities in a retirement-focused portfolio. Read more >
J.P. Morgan Retirement Leader Examines Sequence of Returns Risk in TDF Context
The latest though leadership from the firm asks an increasingly important question: “What should the TDF glide path look like as participants move from accumulating asset balances to spending down those balances in retirement?” Read more >
Are Managed Accounts Better for Participants Than TDFs?
Professional investment assistance helps DC plan participants’ outcomes; however, an analysis from Alight Solutions found users of managed accounts see higher returns, are more diversified and save more in their DC plans. Read more >
ICI Data Shows Managers Have Substantially Cut TDF, Other Mutual Fund Expenses
A broad new Investment Company Institute analysis shows the expense ratios of target-date mutual funds have fallen 34% since 2008, alongside the expense ratios of most other types of long-term funds.  Read more >
Leveraging the Popularity of TDFs to Provide Retirement Income
In a Q&A with BlackRock Managing Director Anne Ackerley, PLANADVISER hears about emerging opportunities to deliver retirement income solutions to DC plan participants, including through TDFs.   Read more >
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Asset Managers Weigh In on DC Plan Investment Trends

They foresee growth in the use of CITs, retirement income products and ESG investments.

The 2022 Retirement Landscape Takes Shape

The U.S. faces a $4 trillion retirement savings gap heading in the new year, but both public and private solutions are coming online to help more people prepare adequately for life after work.

Moving From Words to Actions on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Adviser industry professionals tasked with addressing the serious lack of diversity and inclusion in their field say the events of the past few years have helped supercharge efforts to solve a longstanding problem.
The 2022 M&A Outlook: Bumper or Bust?
Experts foresee strong interest in retirement industry merger and acquisition deals continuing next year, but firms may have more difficulty securing top talent as the number of transactions mounts.
The 2022 Retirement Legislation Landscape Takes Shape

The SECURE Act became law at the very end of 2019, ushering in major changes for the retirement planning industry, and experts are again asking whether the close of 2021 could bring similar progress.

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