Investing

Charles Schwab Experts Debunk Passive TDF Myths

A TDF may invest its assets into index-based securities that do not make tactical adjustments as the markets change—but the act of managing even an index-based portfolio according to a glide path that ramps down equity risk over time will always be at least in part fundamentally “active.”

ETF Investment Flourishes in Institutional Market

A new ETF market analysis from Greenwich Associates shows institutions continue relying on ETFs as “a liquid, fast and relatively low-cost tool in a wide range of tactical tasks,” such as managing cash flows and making nimble changes to their portfolios.

Cerulli Report Maps LDI and OCIO Opportunities

Alexi Maravel, director of Cerulli’s institutional practice, observes that the LDI topic is “probably the most competitive pricing environment among the different types of institutional custom solutions available today.”

Green Bonds as Part of an ESG Investing Strategy

“Ultimately, we believe that an active and tactical approach to investing in green bonds may allow investors to better manage risk factors, such as those relating to currencies and rates,” says Yvette Klevan, managing director and portfolio manager/analyst at Lazard Asset Management.

Managed Accounts, TDFs and Questions About ‘Alpha’

One of the most common approaches to valuing managed account services is to compare historical investment performance with a target-date fund or similar benchmark; Empower Retirement argues there is a better approach that involves considering “an alpha-equivalent measure.”

CalPERS Commits to Higher Investment Performance Standard

The nation's largest public pension plan has adopted CFA Institute’s Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS) and says while many asset owners require their investment managers to comply with the GIPS standards, it is less common for asset owners to apply the principles to their own performance reporting to oversight boards, governing bodies and plan beneficiaries.

Connecticut State Treasurer Makes Compelling Case for ESG

An open letter penned by Connecticut State Treasurer Denise Nappier presents an articulate defense and endorsement of ESG investing programs—in this case suggesting divestment from gun manufacturers may be in the best long-term financial interest of the state’s pensioners and other stakeholders.