Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
November 9th, 2016
ESG Investing Is Not A Political Act
A new report urges investors to look beyond the peripheral politics of ESG investing and think instead about the very real “systems-level” risks presented by issues such as climate change, human rights abuses and economic inequality.   Read more >
Plan Document Best Practices Framework
A new analysis contends that, with careful governance practices in place, managing a compliant and effective retirement plan doesn’t have to be burdensome or even difficult. Read more >
FASB Considering Change to Pension Cost Reporting
The board says stakeholders have stated that the current presentation requirement has less value and requires users to incur greater costs in analyzing financial statements. Read more >
Portfolio Allocation Choices Help Institutional Investors Boost Returns
“The median return of the three plan types varied slightly, but the way each achieved its strong positive return was distinctive,” says Amy Garrigues with Northern Trust. Read more >
Wait, SECURE 2.0 Might Not Pass?
Asset Managers Scramble to Offer In-Demand Investment Vehicles
401(k) Robo-Adviser Blooom Shuts Services, Sells Tech to Morgan Stanley
Fitch: SEC “Crack Down” on ESG Greenwashing to Continue
A Reminder to Avoid Fraudulent Hardship Withdrawals
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Advance Your Approach to Target-Date Evaluation & Selection
Overview of four common labels to better compare TDFs—and advance the manager selection process.  Read more >
Mutual Fund Dominance in DC Marketplace Continues
A full two-thirds, 66%, of DCIO assets are in mutual funds, followed by separate accounts (18%) and collective investment trusts (16%). Read more >
2016 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey
Another major consideration that advisers have when assessing investment managers is value for price. In the marketplace, Vanguard, known for its low-cost index funds, wins hands-down on this measure, receiving more than one-third of the votes cast, followed by American Funds, BlackRock, T. Rowe Price and MFS. Read more >
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