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Global Economic Challenges Reawaken Market Volatility

In the two weeks since China devalued its currency, asset prices globally have undergone sharp declines—in stocks, bonds, commodities and many currencies, especially among emerging markets. The sell-off in global markets accelerated last Friday and continued Monday, with global and regional indexes nearing or entering their first correction (a drop of 10% from the most recent peak) in several years.

August 25, 2015

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Future Shock: How China's Reforms are creating Risks and Opportunities

How China’s Reforms are Creating Disruptive Risks (And Opportunities)

Asian Sovereign Strategist
Chief Investment Officer—Asia-Pacific ex Japan Value Equities

China, in the eyes of the world’s media and investment commentators, has gone from being an economic marvel to facing a looming crisis in just a few years. This fall from grace is easy to understand, given the slowdown in the country’s growth, the structural challenges it faces, and its size and overall importance to the world economy. Clearly, China poses risks to investors. One risk in particular concerns us, however: the risk that investors may be underestimating China’s upside potential. Unless investors take a balanced view of the risks facing China, we believe they could experience strong “future shock” in the next few years if, as is still possible, the country succeeds in its objectives.

June 1, 2015


What’s in the future for DC plans? In AB’s latest survey, over 1,000 DC plan sponsors told us what they think about their companies’ plans, their participants and the DC industry. Their thoughts are always interesting…and sometimes surprising—showing noteworthy perspectives and controversial dividing lines.

April 21, 2015

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Selected Research for Defined Contribution US


Target-date funds are the key to the future of retirement savings for American workers. While these funds have seen tremendous asset growth over the past decade, their investment design hasn’t kept pace with available innovations. The result: many target-date strategies may fail to guard against today’s heightened retirement risks.

June 18, 2015

May 29, 2016

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