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May 2019

Interest Rates: Lower for Longer

Following a seven year period of no interest rate hikes coming out of the 2008 recession, the Fed has been slowly and steadily raising rates since 2015. We explore why interest rates may remain low, or potentially go lower, in the near future.

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Apr 2019

Classification Confusion: Understanding Equity Style

Retirement plans aim to offer a concise, yet diversified, set of investment options. Understanding equity style is vital to building a defined contribution investment menu that allows participants to create portfolios that reflect their investment preferences.

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18

Mar 2019

403(b) Retirement Plan Fee Litigation: An Update

More than 20 private universities and five healthcare systems have been sued over retirement plan fees since 2016, making fee litigation an important topic for retirement plan sponsors. We review the common claims of the suits and provide an update on the status of each.

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18

Mar 2019

Chart of the Month: Year-to-Date Recovery from Q4 2018 Sell-Off

Source: Morningstar Market Observations Risk assets have staged a remarkable rebound in 2019, with many asset classes erasing three quarters or more of the losses they experienced in the 4th quarter of 2018. While many of the factors contributing to the panic driven sell-off late last year remain …

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Mar 2019

Trends in Target Date Fund Investing

With the adoption and popularity of target date funds (TDFs) on the rise, the diversity of offerings have grown. We explore the new world of TDFs, the emergence of trends and what retirement plan sponsors can expect to see in the future.

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Feb 2019

Chart of the Month: Record Flows Into Passive Investments

Since the global financial crisis, there has been a significant shift in flows from actively managed to passively managed funds. While the preference for low-cost passive funds will likely persist, volatile markets and concerns about a potential correction may begin to slow this trend.

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