Tag: Investing

DC Plan Loans Require Diligent Management

“Because the Department of Labor views plan loans as investments, they should be treated with the same level of care and scrutiny as any other investment,” says Rob Reiskytl, a partner in retirement consulting division of Aon in Minneapolis.

Franklin Templeton Report Tackles 529 Plan Myths

As of the first quarter, more than $1.5 trillion in student loan debt was outstanding, triple the amount in 2001; with these figures in mind, Franklin Templeton researchers have highlighted the opportunities presented by 529 plans.

Smart Beta Demand Favors Multi-Factor Approach

Data shared by FTSE Russell, taken from the firm’s annual smart beta survey, suggests the use of “multi-factor combination smart beta index-based investment strategies” by institutional investors has more than doubled since first measured in 2015.

Opportunities Exist, But Future of CITs in 403(b) Plans Remains Murky

Higher education clients with very large 403(b) plans could theoretically benefit from new laws or regulations allowing them to invest participant assets through collective trust vehicles, but for most other non-profit clients, CITs might not make that much sense.

DISRUPTION: Insider Service and Strategy Talk With PGIM

In an exclusive interview with PLANADVISER, PGIM Head of Institutional Defined Contribution Josh Cohen offers some guidance to advisers speaking with plan sponsors about litigation, fiduciary risk and progressive plan design.

Advicent Reveals NaviPlan Updates Tied to Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Advisers generally are not qualified to represent their clients before the IRS, and so they generally must shy away from offering tax advice; but that doesn’t mean they can afford to ignore the broad or specific implications of recent tax reforms for their clients.

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.

Strategic Perspective Is a Key Commodity During Bouts of Volatility

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.

Careful Consideration of Client Age Groups Behooves Advisers

When working with Millennials, Generation Xers or Baby Boomers, it is crucial for advisers and sponsors to reach them with targeted communications; however, there are also some fundamentals that apply across all generations.