Tag: Investing

The Art of Comparing TDF and Balanced Fund Performance

The outputs of a hypothetical model based on historical net asset values for balanced funds and target-date funds show just how complicated it can be to compare the relative merits of the two approaches to asset allocation. As it turns out, balanced funds, though less popular, might deserve another look.

Seeing the Bigger QDIA Picture

Are custom solutions worth the effort? Is passive more appropriate than active? It all depends on the adviser and the client.

Average 401(k) Equity Allocation Surpasses 70%

The latest update of the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index shows the average asset allocation to equities rose in June to the highest level in 20 years. The index shows investors were content to watch their balances rise, as there were no days of above-normal trading activity. Average net trading activity was 0.009% of 401(k) balances, down from 0.011% in May.

A Markedly Positive Mid-Year Market Check-In

Millions of jobs have returned as the country has reopened, thanks to the positive impact of the COVID-19 vaccination program, but as the U.S. enters the second half of the year, sources say some ‘problems of success’ have emerged.

Plan Sponsors Have Questions About Dynamic Default Investments

Progressive plan design features take time to catch on, including the emerging “hybrid QDIA” approach that pairs TDFs and managed accounts; experts say plan sponsors are interested, but they remain unsure about the right way to design and deliver a dynamic default investment.

This Plan Sponsor Is All-In on ESG TDFs

Many plan sponsors fear being a trendsetter, but United World College-USA is proud of using ESG investing themes in its custom target-date QDIA, built with TIAA and LongView Asset Management, and offering a guaranteed retirement income solution.