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Learn how the University of Pittsburgh created a best-in-class retirement plan program as part of a large-scale focus to provide better services, communications, and outcomes to nearly-25,000 retirement plan participants.Read more
Market Observations: While risk assets have done well over the last decade, particularly against fixed income investments in this low interest rate environment, it has been tempting to forget that bonds are a critical component of a diversified portfolio. The sharp equity correction late last yea…Read more
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.Read more
U.S. equities have substantially outpaced foreign developed markets; good news for retirement plan participants, who traditionally have a heavier allocation to U.S. stocks in their portfolio. However, it may be worthwhile for investors to consider increasing their international exposure.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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 …Read more
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.Read more
Investors Looking to Take Advantage of Rising Money Market Yields Beware: Equity Wash Rules May Apply
Retirement plan participants who wish to take advantage of the recent rise in money market yields may discover that they are blocked from transferring assets from a stable value fund into a money market fund by equity wash rules.Read more
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.Read more