Tag: Markets

Helping Participants Brace for Market Volatility

The only person who gets hurt on a rollercoaster is the one who jumps out; advisers should stress that volatility is the price individuals pay for long-term performance.

Investment Product and Service Launches

MassMutual debuts RetireSMART TDF series with J.P. Morgan glide paths; Delta Data launches proprietary product manager; and AXA doubles down on SRI/ESG integration.

Bull and Bear Market Fundamentals for Participants

All too often, participants are focused on what markets have done in the last several months or years, and they get away from remembering the basics of long-term investing and saving.

Demand for Private Debt Creates Crowded Market

Institutional investors’ interest in mid-market corporate direct lending is driving large capital flows into a squeezed portion of the market, according to Willis Towers Watson, resulting in downward pressure on returns and greater risk.

ESG Fund Performance Goes Under Cerulli’s Microscope

As an investment professional or a client, there are a lot of reasons to feel positive about the topic of environmental and socially minded investing, but new Cerulli research offers a reminder that not all “ESG” funds are created equal.

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.

Even Passive TDF Glide Path Designs Require Active Thinking

“There is no such thing as a passive glide path design, and this, as well as the many other active decisions that go into the creation and management of a TDF, can translate into meaningful differences in investment risks and results, even among passive TDFs,” observes Jake Gilliam at Charles Schwab.