TDF Trends: Falling Fees, Blossoming Asset Diversity
BrightScope and Target Date Analytics recently released their newest study in the “Popping the Hood” series, providing a detailed analysis of TDFs and fund families.
No Jargon, Please: Think 401(k) Investors Know What ‘Fund’ Means? Think Again
Plain English, it turns out, is the key to getting employees to save more for retirement, says a survey of retirement plan participants released by State Street Global Advisors.
New Hire Roundup: Orizon Joins Mariner
This week in new hires, Mariner Wealth Advisors announced its acquisition of a majority interest in Orizon Investment Counsel’s wealth management division, and Lynne Ford joined Calvert Investments.
Highlights of Q1 Target-Date Report
The average return for target-date funds during the first quarter of 2012 was close to 9%, which is about 3.5% below the S&P 500 Index
Top Portfolio Products: Baird Launches Small-Cap Product; Fidelity Adds Global Equity-Income Funds
The Hartford announces new managers, funds, as Neuberger Berman and Market Vectors roll out new products.
Top Portfolio Products: Baird Launches Fund; Fidelity Adds Two
New products introduced over the last week include a new small-cap value fund from Baird; two new funds from Fidelity; and three new investment managers and sixteen new funds for The Hartford’s defined contribution retirement program offerings.
Top 20 Companies for Annuity Sales
Although sales of annuities fell in the second half of 2011, first-half sales were so strong they propelled total sales up by 8% in 2010, to $240.3 billion, says a LIMRA report.
Lifecycle Products Grew 8% in Q4 to $842 Billion
Target-date and target-risk products grew 5% in 2011 and 8% in fourth quarter, according to New York-based Strategic Insight.
Direct Firms Can Grow Through Managed Accounts: Cerulli
In its managed accounts edition of The Cerulli Edge, the company finds that even as wirehouse market share declines, that of the direct channel is growing steadily, if not at a breakneck pace. The reason? Direct providers are able to keep their existing self-directed clients interested by providing managed accounts...
Lifecycle Funds Grew 8% in Q4 to $842B
Assets in target-date mutual funds remain highly concentrated among five firms, says Strategic Insight.