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Selected Research for Defined Contribution

Market Perspective


Third Quarter 2014

The combination of low real rates, higher equity valuations, overinvestment in commodities, high profitability, lower capitalization rates in real estate and tighter credit spreads argues for just a moderate overweight to equities for now.

July 30, 2014

China Races Against Time as Demographic Drag Looms

Senior Economist—Asia

The next decade will be critical for China as it seeks to further modernize its economy before demographic headwinds kick in. With cheap labor supply drying up and productivity gains moderating, failure to implement appropriate reform may push China into the so-called middle-income trap.

May 29, 2013

Retirement Planning

Global Bonds

A Better Solution for DC Investors

Plan sponsors large and small are seeking ways to help plan participants achieve better outcomes. 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 this paper, we demonstrate that hedged global may be a better way to meet a DC plan’s core bond objective, and we provide how-to guides for globalizing core menus and target-date funds.

April 12, 2013

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Selected Research for Defined Contribution US

Retirement Planning

Time for Fiduciaries to Revisit the Target-Date Fund Decision

Given advances in target-date fund design in recent years and new tips provided by the Department of Labor, we think DC plans should be taking a fresh look at their target-date decisions—and documenting the process. From a fiduciary perspective, it’s the prudent thing to do.

August 13, 2014

Retirement Planning

Multiple Employer Plans: Safety in Numbers?

Smaller plans face a host of fee difficulties simply because of the size of their plans. This has led to a growing interest in multiple employer plans as a potential cost-effective solution.

June 23, 2014

Retirement Planning

Rethinking Revenue Sharing

It would be an understatement to say that defined contribution (DC) plan fees have been getting a lot of attention in recent years. Recent US Department of Labor (DOL) regulations require detailed fee disclosures to plan sponsors and plan participants. There has also been a rash of lawsuits over fees that have cost several large plan sponsors millions of dollars in settlements and judgments.

May 13, 2014

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Defined Contribution Perspectives

Have Target-Date Funds Failed? Are Income Guarantees the Answer?

Market turmoil led to disappointing target-date fund returns in 2008, triggering scrutiny of their design and management.

May 23, 2015

DC US Perspectives

AllianceBernstein’s Views on Enhancing Retirement Security

In a response to a request for information from the US Departments of Labor and Treasury, AllianceBernstein provides its views on enhancing retirement security by providing lifetime income in employer-sponsored retirement plans.

May 3, 2010