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AIQ: Artificial intelligence Man versus machine?

Published by: Aviva Investors

Our cover story focuses on the revolutionary area of artificial intelligence which, depending on your perspective, will transform humankind for the better or lead to a dystopian future where machines control the planet. We also look at Big Data and 3D printing and consider a world without central bank support and the future of asset management.

Getting smart (beta) about target date funds

Published by: BlackRock

Can factor investing help target date funds achieve their objectives? Explore how carefully selected smart beta exposures can be implemented within the glidepath to seek additional return for younger participants and reduced volatility near retirement.

High Conviction Active Management Asserts Strength Over Time

Published by: ClearBridge Investments

Arguments against the ability of active strategies to outperform market benchmarks fail to differentiate the many active management approaches available to investors. A recent ClearBridge analysis identifies turnover rate and number of holdings as determinants of performance among active strategies.

The Merits and Methods of Multi-Factor Investing

Published by: S&P Dow Jones Indices

With a wealth of smart beta indices to choose from, market participants may find it difficult to decide when each factor-based strategy is best suited to deliver returns. Is it wise to rely solely on the performance of one factor? If not, what multi-factor approaches could be considered and how effective are they?

The Participant Magazine Winter/Spring 2017: The Longevity Issue

Published by: State Street Global Advisors

The Participant Magazine, State Street Global Advisors Defined Contribution flagship publication, takes a deeper look at longevity in this special issue. It explores how increasing human life spans are creating new opportunities and challenges for retirement savers.

The Path to Transparency In Alternatives Investing

Published by: Northern Trust

A Northern Trust sponsored survey of 200+ asset managers and investors reveals evolving priorities around transparency and risk, as well as a need for industry consensus with regard to governance. Gain insights into alternatives and download the paper today!

Harvesting return premiums in private credit

Published by: CPP Investment Board

As a leading investor in private credit, learn why CPP Investment Board is attracted to the asset class in this Q&A with CPPIB's John Graham, Managing Director and Head of Principal Investments. Hint: Solid-risk adjusted returns is a significant factor.

Generating Passive Alpha in the Core of a Portfolio

Published by: WisdomTree

This paper examines the philosophical and fundamental underpinnings for the creation of the WisdomTree fundamentally weighted Indexes, showcases the impressive performance track record generated, indicates the factors we believe drove performance, and concludes with how we think these strategies fit into the U.S. equity market context today.

Rethinking Longevity Risk: A Framework to Address the Tail End

Published by: S&P Dow Jones Indices

With the significant improvement of human lifespan, traditional retirement thinking does not adequately take into account the need for providing for the tail end of the lifespan in the form of a stable stream of retirement income.

Revisiting the Global Credit Cycle

Published by: PGIM Fixed Income

Find out how new, pro-growth U.S. policies could accelerate the current credit cycle, requiring increased attention to tail risk in fixed income portfolio construction.

Strengthening the core: Preparing DC menus for the next evolution

Published by: BlackRock

Core menus are designed to provide choice and diversification. But are they meeting that expectation? Our examination suggests four key steps to drive the next evolution of investment menus.

Populism and the Threat to Globalization

Published by: Standard Life Investments

What is driving the rise of populist parties in Europe, the election of President Trump, Brexit? We explore these issues alongside social and cultural changes globally and consider the implications for the future of globalization and for markets.

Schroders’ Global Investor Study (pension fund investors) – Focusing on investment outcomes and ESG issues

Published by: Schroders

A new political and economic landscape is changing investors’ priorities and approach. The Schroders Global Investor Study shows that a focus on investment outcome rather than relative return is fuelling a significant rise in multi-asset and smart beta investing.

A different kind of target-date investor

Published by: Vanguard

In A different kind of target-date investor, from Vanguard Center for Investor Research, authors examine how participants become mixed target-date investors, determine if the concerns raised about mixed target-date investors are valid, and suggest measures to avoid such risks.

A Case for Dividend Growth Strategies

Published by: S&P Dow Jones Indices

Dividend strategies have gained a foothold with market participants seeking potential outperformance and attractive yields in the low-rate environment since 2008. Stocks with a history of dividend growth could present a compelling investment opportunity when rates are rising.

An examination of global asset allocation and home bias

Published by: Vanguard

Research has found that asset allocation is the key driver of return variability for a diversified portfolio. Vanguard offers clarity with two questions: How does asset allocation affect risk/return expectations? And how much home bias is reasonable?

Retirement distribution decisions among DC participants

Published by: Vanguard

The majority of retirement-age DC plan participants leave their plan within five years of separation from service. Participants are more likely to remain when plans permit flexible distributions, having implications for target-date fund design and retirement income programs.

Lengthening the Investment Time Horizon

Published by: MFS Investment Management

Investors are increasingly making decisions based on short-term market trends due to the role of incentives, the media, financial reporting, and other decision-making biases. But there are opportunities for differentiated performance when investors hold securities for longer periods.

The Changing Equation: Building for Retirement in a Low Return World

Published by: BlackRock

What happens when longer retirements meet lower returns? DC plan participants need action and guidance to prepare. Explore BlackRock’s The Changing Equation: Building for Retirement in a Low Return World.

Vanguard Life-Cycle Investing Model: A framework for building target-date portfolios

Published by: Vanguard

New tools from Vanguard can help determine if plan participants could benefit from a glide path designed for unique participant populations. Vanguard explains the inner workings of their proprietary model for glide path construction.

A powerful combination: Target-date funds and managed accounts

Published by: Vanguard

Cynthia Pagliaro and Stephen Utkus, Vanguard Center for Retirement Research, explain how a combination of target-date funds and managed accounts can work with all your plan participants.

Beyond Labels: Advancing Your Approach to Target-Date Evaluation and Selection

Published by: American Century Investments

Overview of four common labels to better compare TDFs – and advance the manager selection process.

Borrowing to Fund Pensions Could Enhance Shareholder Value

Published by: Prudential Retirement

In today’s low interest rate environment, sponsors of underfunded pension plans can borrow at attractive rates and contribute the proceeds to their pension plan, thereby reducing or even eliminating their pension deficit, while having the potential to create shareholder value.

Central Banks of the World: Yield to the Markets!

Published by: Prudential Fixed Income

Are overzealous monetary policies contributing to market volatility? Are the aggressive policies of the BoJ and ECB inflicting more harm than good? We also consider where policies are headed next and why this should support the bond markets.

DC Plan of the Future: DB Principles for the DC Generation

Published by: BNY Mellon

The age of DB may be over but many of its principles can be used to improve DC plans. BNY Mellon has revealing insights into how DC plan sponsors are drawing on DB best practices to increase efficiency.

Defined Contribution Balances: Finding the Right Solution for Participant Management

Published by: Northern Trust

As DC plans increasingly replace defined benefit plans, responsibility for retirement readiness has shifted to employees. Auto-enrollment and auto-escalation help, but how else can we prepare participants to shoulder responsibility for their retirement outcomes?

Fooled by Conviction: The pitfalls of “high conviction” investing

Published by: S&P Dow Jones Indices

Active management advocates say managers should hold portfolios of just the securities in which they have the highest confidence. But growing “high conviction” investing is likely to increase risk, make manager skill harder to detect, raise asset owners’ costs, and reduce the number of outperforming funds.

Key Fault Lines in the Global Earthquake Zone

Published by: Prudential Fixed Income

Slow economic growth. Mountains of debt. Central bank buying. Negative bond yields. Rising inequality. Find out how the macroeconomic and policy failures of developed economies led to rising political risk, how these risks interact, and the implications for fixed income strategies.

LDI Implementation—Managing Surplus Volatility by Reducing the Drawdown Risk of Growth Assets

Published by: QMA

The funded statuses of defined benefit plans continue to struggle. QMA's US Market Participation Strategy—with its asymmetrical return profile and low correlation to other growth assets—provides an effective solution for draw-down risk while still seeking long term returns.

Mapping the Boundaries Between Education and Advice Under the New Fiduciary Rule

Published by: PNC Retirement Solutions®

The Department of Labor set a clear framework for defining when communications to retirement plan participants and IRA owners constitute advice. Knowing where the line is drawn between communications that trigger fiduciary status and those that do not will be an important element in managing your fiduciary risk exposure.

Passive and Active Fulfillment Choices
Target Date Funds: Combining the Best of Active and Passive

Published by: QMA

QMA discusses the characteristics of different types of active equity managers and examines the advantages of combining a quant approach with indexing. We also consider the implications in target date funds and how fulfillment choices impact retirement savings and income.

The Ease of Automation and Guaranteed Lifetime Income

Published by: Prudential Financial, Inc.

Prudential Retirement commissioned a survey that asked plan participants their thoughts on plan design features. This whitepaper takes an in-depth look at the findings and suggests ways for plan sponsors to better meet participant needs and expectations.

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