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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.

DC Solutions Series: Trend Following Strategies in Target-Date Funds

We focus on the need for target-date funds to better protect against losses during equity market drawdowns and to better diversify. We suggest incorporating trend following as a potential solution, which may mitigate the problems caused by equity risk concentration.

DC Solutions Series: Defensive Equity, Part 1

In part one of this two-part series, we focus on the intuition behind defensive equity and present evidence for its efficacy as part of an effective defined contribution retirement plan.

DC Solutions Series: Defensive Equity, Part 2

In part two of this two-part series, we focus on the implementation of a defensive equity strategy within the context of a DC retirement plan.

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.

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.

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.

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.