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White Paper

Improving Target-Date Funds

Target-date funds (TDFs) may be the preferred long-term investment vehicle for many defined-contribution plan sponsors and their participants. However, TDFs may have some shortcomings, and we discuss two of them in our analysis.

White Paper

Intelligent Risk Taking: How to Secure Retirement in a Low Expected Return World

We examine the rate of return needed to deliver a comfortable retirement based on current savings rates as well as intelligent ways to construct portfolios to achieve this rate of return.

DC Solutions

Real Assets in Target-Date Funds

Target-date funds have become popular defined contribution investing vehicle. We believe, however, several shortcomings should be addressed to more reliably maximize retirement outcomes and we suggest incorporating real assets.

DC Solutions

Risk Parity in Target-Date Funds

Target-date funds (TDF) have a few shortcomings, but we believe that implementing risk parity as a sleeve within a TDF can help—by potentially enhancing returns, mitigating risk and reducing portfolio drawdowns.

Chief Investment Quarterly

Who Knew Annuities Could Be So Exciting?!

The debate over annuities in Defined Contribution (DC) plans is so boring that it’s a bipartisan issue. But, their impact on retiree consumption is actually pretty exciting.

Chief Investment Quarterly

Buffett's One Choice Buffet

We challenge an assertion in Warren Buffett's latest annual letter and emphasize the need for diversification for pensions and endowments.

Journal Article

The Future of Life-Cycle Saving and Investing

Life-cycle finance is the branch of finance that affects everyone.

Journal Article

Defined Contribution Retirement Plans Should Look and Feel More Like Defined Benefit Plans

Defined contribution (DC) plans have, to this point, delivered uneven and sometimes inadequate results.

Journal Article

How Much Should DC Savers Worry About Expected Returns?

DC savings analyses typically anchor on long-term stock and bond returns when estimating retirement income.