Tag: Markets

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.

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.

Talking Taxes, Inflation and Bucket Strategies

Reflecting on the common conversations they are having with their near-retiree clients, advisers say there is broad certainty that taxes will increase in the future, and also a lot of fear about a market correction.

A New Telling of the Story of Persistent Inequality

The interest rate regime embraced to combat strong inflation of the mid-1970s and early 1980s has had unintended consequences—including the development of historic levels of wealth inequality. Yakov Feygin says there’s a lot that can be done to turn things around.