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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.
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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 Defined Benefit Administration Survey
Compliance
Use of Fidelity Active Management Funds Questioned in Court
Multiple lawsuits have been filed recently that question the offering of active management funds to retirement plan participants.
Ask the Experts
Clarification of Loan Repayment Delay Provisions of CARES Act
Experts from Groom Law Group and Cammack Retirement Group answer questions concerning retirement plan administration and regulations.
Data and Research
No Massive Pullback From Retirement Savings Seen Yet
Research finds few retirement savers have lowered savings rates or withdrawn money; however, those with lower incomes and in certain industries may be disproportionately affected.
Investing
Improving Participant Outcomes With Custom TDFs
Off-the-shelf TDFs may not meet the needs of participant demographics, so plan sponsors can build custom TDFs to provide greater diversification and less risk near retirement.
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