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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!
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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
Compliance
DOL Releases Its First Cybersecurity Guidance
The guidance includes best practices and tips for protecting retirement benefits. 
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
2021 Plan Sponsor of the Year
PLANSPONSOR is pleased to announce the 2021 Plan Sponsor of the Year finalists.
Administration
Questions Sponsors Need to Ask When Hiring a 3(38) Fiduciary
DC plan sponsors should examine a potential investment manager’s approach to governance as well as investing, and they should review past performance results.
Administration
Simplifying the Retirement Planning Message
Employees need to be taught how to manage finances and save for the future before being advised on how to create an income stream in retirement.
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