view in browser | plansponsor.com
PLANSPONSOR BLINESs LOGO
week ending January 3rd, 2020
For defined contribution (DC) plans, the proper asset allocation is important for retirement savings outcomes. Since a large number of DC plan participants are invested in target-date funds (TDFs), that’s one reason TDF providers are considering different types of investments in the underlying portfolios. For DC plan participants who choose investments on their own, the presentation of the investment lineup can have an effect on whether they implement the right portfolio. The challenge of lower assumed returns and the low interest rate environment is also leading defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors to consider diversifying from the traditional liability-driven investing (LDI) portfolio. In this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend, we offer insights on optimal asset allocations.
Editor's Choice
Administration
Proper Asset Allocation Often Overlooked, Sibson Says
The right allocation could boost returns over a person's career by as much as 34%, the consulting firm says.
Investing
Updating TDFs to Provide Better Retirement Income
Three ideas for a qualified default investment alternative (QDIA) design that will better serve participants ready to retire.
Investing
Private Equity Could Boost DC Plan Participant Returns
Research finds including private equity in balanced and target-date funds offers return and diversification benefits.
Data and Research
Researchers Find Bias When Retirement Funds Listed Alphabetically
Retirement plan participants tend to select funds placed in the first positions on a list, so rather than ordering the investment menu alphabetically, researchers suggest placing lower-cost or lower volatility funds near the top to help participants.
Investing
What DB Plans Can Learn From Insurance Companies
Insurance companies take on pension risk, so why wouldn’t DB plan sponsors take lessons from insurer’s investment strategies?
Popular Reads
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Opinions
How to Tell If You’re Paying Reasonable Fees for Actuarial Services
Leslie Olds, with Strategic Benefits Advisors, discusses how DB plan sponsors can determine whether actuarial fees are in line with services provided.
Compliance
Aon, Alight Win Judgment in Hospital PRT Lawsuit
A federal judge found Aon Hewitt acted prudently, after hearing testimony about the firm’s investment actions and contractual obligations.
Investing
Balancing Fiduciary Duty With ESG Demand
As desire for sustainable investments increases, retirement plan sponsors are still cautious about offering ESG funds while regulatory guidance is stalled.
Compliance
Court Decision Emphasizes Need to Ensure Accuracy of Online Communications
In a decision in favor of a plan sponsor and provider, a court took a moment to contemplate whether an online request met the ‘written request’ requirement to claim a violation under ERISA.
Did someone forward you this newsletter? Sign up here to get PLANSPONSOR Weekend directly in your mailbox!
rss icon twitter icon linkedin-in icon facebook icon
ISS MEDIA logo
Unsubscribe | Manage Subscriptions | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Advertise
©2021 Asset International Inc. All rights reserved.
702 King Farm Boulevard, Suite 400, Rockville, MD 20850