Pension funds have benefitted strongly in the last quarter—and the last several years—from strong stock market performance.
Public Funds gained 3.6% at the median in the second quarter, slightly ahead of Corporate Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plans, at 3.2%, Northern Trust data shows.
The drivers behind a target-date manager offering open architecture most commonly include the belief that participants benefit from asset manager diversification and the need to outsource allocations to access best-in-class strategies, Cerulli reports.
However, Fidelity Investments found that 25% of investors have switched to more conservative investments since 2007.
Personal Capital’s analysis of investing account fees offers important perspective about the long-term impact of management expenses on wealth generation.
LPL’s senior market strategist highlights an interesting upcoming equity market performance record—the S&P 500 going 33 consecutive sessions without a 0.5% daily decline.
The firm looks at a plan’s demographics and creates a glidepath that both controls for and seeks out risk.
But among the 58% of these investors who do, expectations run high.
Against the background of strong equity market performance in the last seven or eight years, passive target-date funds now account for 42% of the TDF market, compared with 27% in 2009.
Participants age 50 and older need more personalized advice, advisers say.
Retirement plan advisers are in a unique position to help working Americans build wealth and a sense of security and dignity when it comes to thinking about long-term finances.
Investors are not good at predicting market corrections big or small—but that doesn’t mean they can’t take concerted action to prepare for tougher times.
“The midsized plan asset segment is representative of the DC market segment in which the boutique DC consultant is most prevalent and growing its marketshare,” Cerulli reports.
Many asset managers describe 2017 as a “tipping point” for collective investment trust flows from DC plans, according to a new analysis from Cerulli Associates.
“Distribution of standalone product has become more competitive in the wake of commoditization and platform consolidation,” according to a new analysis from Cerulli Associates.
Defendants pursued an “exceptionally imprudent investment strategy” with respect to a significant portion of the DST System retirement plan’s assets, plaintiffs claim, resulting in up to $100 million in avoidable losses.
The 3% return on the standard equity portfolio measured during the second quarter pushed the decade-old DC plan investing index to a record-breaking year.
They are finding this results in better performance and reduced litigation risk.
An increasingly popular asset class, investors shouldn't pay significantly higher fees for these strategies than market-cap-weighted alternatives, which capture the same performance drivers and can replicate most of their returns.
A researcher from Arizona State University describes some surprising research findings that show many long-term equity investments fail to outperform short-term Treasuries.