Tag: Markets

2021 Was Another Banner Year for Retirement Savers

Employer-sponsored retirement plans and individual retirement accounts reached almost $40 trillion in total assets by the end of last year, even as a recovering economy faced some key pain points, according to new data released by the Investment Company Institute.

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Inflation Pressures and Real Estate Opportunities

Market experts say historically low interest rates, coupled with rising inflation, are currently supportive of real estate asset class valuations, creating a “sweet spot” for investment in core real estate.

Making Sense of the Interest Rate Evolution

The economy is expanding fast, and the U.S. Federal Reserve is growing more worried about inflation than employment; that much is clear in early 2022, but what comes next for the markets and the economy is not.

Learned Lessons and Market Musings From CIO Bob Doll

The Crossmark investment leader expects 2022 to be more challenging for investors, as central banks unwind supportive policies in response to the ongoing economic recovery and macroeconomic conditions drive higher inflation.

Basic Market Lessons Reinforced by 2021

Among the takeaways one investment expert has from the year is that structural forces have a large influence on interest rates and may keep them relatively low despite the efforts of policymakers.

Dissecting a ‘Historically Tight’ Labor Market

New capital markets research from Wilmington Trust assesses a trend seen in the global economy, where the number of job openings far outpaces the number of available workers, causing supply chain disruptions and elevating the importance of compensation and employee benefits. 

Op-Ed: ERISA Prudence Demands Healthy ESG Skepticism

Neal Shikes agrees that ESG factors can be an important part of institutional investors’ methodologies, but he also says retirement plan fiduciaries should be skeptical of some claims about what todays’ ESG investments can actually deliver when it comes to confronting climate change.

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.