New products introduced over the last week include a new income builder fund from Goldman Sachs and Morningstar-made asset allocation models offered by Sammons Retirement Solutions.
In addition, Russell Investments announced that it will close all its U.S. passively managed ETFs.
Here are the latest developments of interest to advisors:
1) Goldman Sachs Asset Management Offers Income Builder Fund
Goldman Sachs Asset Management announced Wednesday the renaming and repositioning of the Goldman Sachs Balanced Fund as the Goldman Sachs Income Builder Fund (A shares: GSBFX), with a new investment objective of providing income and capital appreciation. GSBFX seeks to meet this objective by investing in higher-yielding bonds and higher-dividend-paying stocks. It employs a baseline allocation of 50% to fixed-income securities and 50% to equity securities, with 15% flexibility toward either asset class. It will now pay dividend and interest income monthly, and its new benchmarks are the Russell 1000 Value and the BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield BB-B Rated Constrained Index.
The fixed-income portion continues to be managed by the fixed income team; the equity portion has transitioned from the quantitative investment strategies team to the fundamental equity team, which employs an active, bottom-up stock selection process. Class A and class C shares both have $1,000 minimum initial investments; it also offers institutional, class R and class IR shares.
2) Russell to Close ETFs as Assets Lag
Russell Investments said Aug. 17 that it will close all of its U.S. passively managed exchange-traded funds. The announcement came as the Seattle-based company reported just over $300 million in assets under management in the combined 25 funds.
The company said the action will occur on or before Oct. 24.
An ETF is generally considered to need $50 million in assets in order to be profitable. Russell averaged just over $12 million in each fund. The announcement does not include the Russell Equity ETF (ONEF), an actively managed fund that is benchmarked to the Russell Developed Large Cap Index.
Read the full story on AdvisorOne.
3) Sammons Launches LiveWell Asset Allocation Models
Sammons Retirement Solutions announced Thursday the launch of LiveWell Models, a series of risk-based asset class model portfolios created exclusively for the LiveWell retirement series. Developed by Morningstar Associates, an RIA and wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, they provide financial professionals with a quick and easy way to create portfolios for clients based on the client’s target asset allocations and according to their answers to an optional Morningstar risk tolerance questionnaire.
The models are composed of portfolios that provide exposure to a broad spectrum of asset classes. Each model suggests a mix of investment options based on a client’s time horizon, investment goals and risk tolerance across different investment categories such as conservative, moderate, moderate growth, growth and aggressive growth, and includes investment options from brand name money managers as well as boutique managers.
The tool allows financial professionals to add a hypothetical comparison portfolio to help evaluate the asset allocation, investment style, top holdings, and historical performance. The end result is a set of illustrations at the asset-class or investment option level that financial professionals can present to clients or prospects.
Read the Aug. 17 Portfolio Products Roundup at AdvisorOne.