Tag Archives: Defined Contribution

Aug 19, 2020

Factoring Inflation Into Retirement Planning

How might inflation impact retirement income? S&P DJI’s Hamish Preston, DFA’s Grady Smith, and DCIIA Retirement Research Center’s Warren Cormier discuss. Learn More: https://www.spglobal.com/spdji/en/documents/performance-reports/dashboard-sp-stride.pdf  

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Jun 9, 2020

The Target Date Industry Needs Appropriate Benchmarks

Target date funds have seen tremendous growth. At the end of 2019, assets in target date mutual funds reached nearly USD 1.4 trillion, impressive growth from USD 256 billion a decade ago.[1] Other than a brief dip in the fourth quarter of 2018, the growth of assets has been fairly stable with an upward trajectory…

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Apr 30, 2019

How Is Your Undefined Benefit Plan Going?

I have probably been receiving them for years, but lately I have noticed opposing position papers in my inbox. Some claim Americans need a revival of defined benefit (DB) plans because of a looming retirement crisis, while others contend that defined contribution (DC) plans are doing great and there is no cause for alarm. DC…

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Jan 22, 2019

2018 Retirement Funding Update for DC Account Holders

2018 produced negative absolute returns across a number of asset classes, particularly international stocks. A broad benchmark of stocks traded outside of the U.S., the S&P Global ex-U.S. BMI (US Dollar) Gross Total Return Index, lost 14.18% of its value. Nevertheless, many investments kept pace with the change in cost of securing future retirement income,…

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Oct 28, 2016

The Price of Retirement

In my last post, I discussed variability in cost and affordability of retirement income.  I used some data from S&P STRIDE, our new benchmark that provides a cradle-to-grave yardstick for wealth accumulation and income generation.  This week, I will look a little closer at how we measure retirement income, as well as its present value…

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Apr 20, 2016

The Power of a Consensus Glide Path

Some who follow target date fund (TDF) performance have taken note that lately, the S&P Target Date Index Series has outperformed many TDFs.  In most historical periods, index performance was middle of the pack.  However, 2015 was an exception, as shown in Report 2 of our Year-End 2015 Target Date Scorecard.  Every vintage of the…

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Jan 27, 2016

Make Room for a New Target Date Category

Defined contribution (DC) plans, such as 401(k)s, place challenging demands on individuals, the highlights of which are to save diligently (which implies having adequate income, as well as budgeting abilities), to rationally select from among numerous investment vehicles, and to judiciously transition from wealth accumulation to income generation as retirement approaches. Innovations in plan design,…

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