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week ending October 2nd, 2020
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have changed the forecast for both equity and fixed income investments for years. In addition, the extreme market volatility has revealed shortcomings of traditional retirement plan investments. Plan sponsors may need to rethink the makeup of their investment menus or portfolios and how to improve downside protection for near-retirees. In this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend, we offer considerations for plan sponsors when looking at their plan investments. Have a safe and happy weekend!
Editor's Choice
Investing
Rethinking Portfolio Strategies for DB Plans
What strategies should plan sponsors consider for reaching their goals in the new market environment?
Investing
Promising Investment Opportunities Exist
Small-cap stocks and distressed debt are among places investment managers said investors should turn in the post-COVID-19 environment.
Investing
The Role of Stable Value in Each Stage of the Savings Journey
Stable value has an important combination of benefits for participants nearing retirement, but it can play a role for participants who are building their savings as well.
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.
Investing
New Normal for Interest Rates Embraced by Federal Reserve
In a speech given Thursday about key policy updates, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the changes reflect the evolution that has occurred in the U.S. and global economy over the past decade.
Investing
Coronavirus Questions Reshape Long-Term Capital Market Assumptions
The challenges facing U.S. and global equity markets at the start of 2020 appear tame compared with present obstacles—a fact clearly demonstrated by assets managers’ updated market outlook reports.
Popular Reads
Participants
What Participants Want From Employers’ Retirement Plan Websites
A recent study found 81% of participants have logged into their accounts, with most signing in to check account balances or review investment options.
Research
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
Inside Angle
DOL’s Next Moves
What’s in store for the rest of the year?
Ask the Experts
Allowing for After-Tax Contributions in a 401(a) Plan
Experts from Groom Law Group and CAPTRUST answer questions concerning retirement plan administration and regulations.
Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
Northern Trust announces hiring of new CIO; Morgan Stanley partners with Empower; and IRIC appoints executive director.
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