The adoption of enhanced defined contribution (DC) plan features has led to increased plan participation and optimized portfolio construction for small business employees, according to Vanguard.
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“Growing emphasis on financial wellness, concerns about lack of retirement income options within employer-sponsored plans, increasing customization for the participant, and fiduciary concerns could spur additional growth in managed accounts,” Cerulli contends.
According to the lawsuit, Stadion directed participants’ accounts into investments that would better benefit itself and Mutual of Omaha, and Mutual of Omaha retained revenue sharing knowing of Stadion’s actions.
Morningstar Managed Portfolios advisory service will now have allocations to the Morningstar Funds Trust, and DWS partners with Skyline AI for real estate investing.
BlackRock Launches Multiple ESG Funds and Tools; Fingage Managed Account Solution Added to LT Trust Recordkeeping Platform; Franklin Templeton Acquisition Expands Alternatives and Fixed Income Offerings; and more.
US SIF Launches Money Manager-Focused Guide, and Wells Fargo Updates Personalized Solution.
Lincoln Financial creates personalized target-date portfolios; Aon Hewitt-managed pooled funds claim compliance with GIPS; Vanguard launches Global Credit Bond Fund; and more.
Through the expanded Fidelity managed account program, employees will benefit from “ongoing, proactive engagement, including expanded annual checkups, reminders, and information that addresses their specific investment needs, to help them stay on track toward their financial goals.”
There are a number of investment vehicles to consider when drafting a plan menu that best suits the plan's participants.
Panelists discussed recent trends with asset allocation vehicles, and how plan sponsors can help participants comprehend what it all means.
Franklin Templeton expands ETF lineup with three additional funds; ABG and Russell partner on managed account program; and more.
However, an analysis from Alight Solutions found users of managed accounts see higher returns, are more diversified and save more in their DC plans than TDF users.
“The world is moving toward big data, and thus far as an industry we haven’t been able to use big data in a meaningful way. We are now in the midst of a paradigm shift that will allow plan sponsors to make data-driven decisions in an entirely new way,” says Thomas Idzorek, with Morningstar Investment Management.
Common sources of plan sponsor and participant concern with managed accounts include cost concerns, lack of participant understanding, and lack of qualified default investment alternative status unless only options on the plan's core investment lineup are used.
BCG adds 401(k) managed account from Stadion to recordkeeping platform; Mercer partners with Investment Metrics for client reporting; BCM TDF series to offer protection within uncertainty; and more.
Cerulli Associates suggests that if retirement plan sponsors position managed accounts as a valued service it could alleviate concerns about costs.