Recent interviews with product development executives at Putnam and Charles Schwab show the aggressive steps brand name providers are taking to keep their edge in a highly competitive and unforgiving marketplace.
“While appropriate for some participants, heavy reliance on equities is almost certainly not suitable for as many 401(k) participants as the allocation of the largest TDF managers suggests,” P-Solve argues. “TDFs are built mainly for favorable economic and market environments.”
Offering some preliminary commentary on the SEC’s newly announced adviser 12b-1 fee conflict of interest “amnesty” program, as it’s being referred to in the trade media, Wagner Law Group attorneys warn of the inherent risks in the self-reporting of violations.
As recently as mid-2016 it was common to hear advisers describe significant market volatility as the new normal, but since then the global equity markets have been remarkably stable and generous; so it makes some sense, experts agree, that investors are feeling jittery as volatility returns to the fore.
Recent criticism of public pensions’ sizable push into ESG investing echoes valid concerns voiced in the past—but the ecosystem of environmental, social and governance investing has matured in ways that remain unacknowledged by some critics.
Year-end analysis shared by Charles Schwab suggests the appointment of Jerome Powell to be the new Federal Reserve leader likely means that interest rates will continue to move up slowly and cautiously.