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Selected Research for Defined Benefit

Retirement Planning

The Future of DC Has Arrived

Improving Retirement Outcomes Now

Head, Research and Investment Design—AllianceBernstein Defined Contribution Investments
Chief Investment Officer—Bernstein Global Wealth Management
Chief Market Strategist; Co-Head—Multi-Asset Solutions; Chief Investment Officer—Systematic and Index Strategies
Senior Research Analyst—Defined Contribution

Is a total DC system overhaul really required? What key variables drive a DC plan participant’s ability to achieve a comfortable retirement? How can DC plan sponsors and participants adjust and combine key variables for better synergy? And just how successful might a DC plan be? In this paper, we share our most recent research into these issues and provide specific and actionable recommendations for DC participants and plan sponsors to achieve their goals.

October 10, 2013

Fixed Income/Bonds

A Spectrum of Possibilities: The Emerging-Market Debt Tool Kit

Portfolio Manager—Emerging-Market Debt
Portfolio Manager.
Director—Emerging-Market Debt
Portfolio Manager—Emerging Markets Corporate Bonds

Everyone wants a piece of the action, but the question is how to get it. The challenge—and the opportunity—for investors is selecting the best strategy to fit their objectives.

February 12, 2013

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Recent Institutional Research

Fixed Income/Bonds

Across the Universe

How Global Bonds Meet the Core Objective

Over the last 30 years, compelling evidence has accumulated that suggests currency-hedged global bonds have a superior risk/return profile to US bonds, with more potential opportunities to add value. In addition, global bonds have historically provided better risk mitigation to US bonds and stocks during extreme downturns. In this paper, we demonstrate that hedged global may be a better way to meet an investor’s core bond objective.

March 1, 2015

Fixed Income/Bonds

Deflation in the Euro Area: Are We There Yet?

Senior European Economist

With the European Central Bank (ECB) finally recognizing that the euro area is battling against severe deflationary headwinds, further policy easing looks likely. This should help anchor bond yields, but may not be enough to overcome the huge challenges facing the region.

November 20, 2014

After the Beta Trade

Emerging-Market Investing for the Next Decade

Senior Portfolio Manager
Emerging Markets Portfolio Manager
Co-Head, Equities Quantitative Research
Portfolio Manager—Emerging Markets Core Equities and Director of Research—Emerging Markets Value Equities

Tailwinds to emerging-market beta returns are diminishing. Mere beta exposure will no longer be enough to win in developing-world stocks. For long-term success, we believe that investors need to find ways to boost return potential, reduce portfolio volatility and diminish developing-market equities’ high correlations with developed-market equity exposures. That will take a discriminating, active approach.

October 13, 2014

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