Lack of Track Records Hinder ESG Investing

Additional conclusive information about environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment performance may help retirement plan sponsors be less wary about making ESG investment decisions.

DC Plan Investors Challenged by Financial Illiteracy

Researchers argue that financial illiteracy impedes plan participants’ ability to determine how to invest their savings, and propose mandated employer-provided financial education to address limited employee financial literacy.

Strong Returns Boost SDBA Balances

A previous Schwab analysis found retirement plan participants in advised self-directed brokerage accounts (SDBAs) displayed a more diversified asset allocation mix and had a lower concentration of assets in particular securities than those in non-advised accounts.

Volatility Is Not a Bad Word

Making sure plan participants understand the positive aspects of volatility can help them avoid poor trading decisions during periods of negative returns.

Institutional Plan Returns Rebound in Q1 2019

According to Northern Trust, Corporate Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) pension plans had the best first quarter on a relative basis, while the Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service shows Taft Hartley defined benefit (DB) plans, which had the largest allocation to U.S. equities, posted the highest Q1 gain.

Providers Look to End the ESG Performance Debate

According to Mike Hunstad at NTAM, it may take some time for the retirement industry in the U.S. to fully embrace ESG as a positive-performance factor, but he says it’s already a best practice to think about ESG from a risk-management perspective.

Annuities Are for Savers and Spenders

In his experience leading Principal’s retirement income solutions business, Sri Reddy says, the No. 1 thing people get wrong about annuities is to say that purchasers of such products are investors.