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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


Be More Agile: A Flexible Approach to Equity Investing

Investors want reliable returns and, with bond yields near all-time lows, equities are an obvious choice. But the stock-market losses of 2008 have made investors wary of the risks. We believe that a flexible portfolio that adapts to current market conditions can deliver a better risk-reward trade-off.

September 30, 2011

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Selected Research for Defined Contribution US

Asset Allocation/Multi-Asset

Designing the Future of Target-Date Funds

A New Blueprint for Improving Retirement Outcomes

Head of Glide Path Strategies (US)—Multi-Asset Solutions
Chief Investment Officer and Co-Head—Multi-Asset Solutions
Senior Research Analyst—Defined Contribution

Target-date funds are becoming the most critical pool of assets for meeting the retirement needs of America’s workers.

June 15, 2015

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

Defined Contribution

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

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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.

August 1, 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