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New directions in liability-driven investing

As market conditions, regulations, and plan objectives change, best practices in liability-driven investing continue to evolve. In the “editor’s picks” below, we discuss glidepath innovations, enhancements in return-seeking portfolios, and the impact of liquidity constraints.

 
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STRIPS and synthetic overlays: A user's guide for corporate pensions

Authors: Joe Marvan, CFA, ...

Many defined benefit (DB ) plans are contemplating strategies to help lock in funded-ratio gains by increasing the hedge ratios of their portfolios. There are multiple implementation options to consider, in...

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May 2017
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Weatherproofing a plan's return-seeking assets

Author: Amy Trainor, FSA, EA

For corporate DB plans, return-seeking assets are often synonymous with traditional equities. That’s fine if market conditions are just right, but it leaves plans vulnerable in many environments. We...

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Rising rates are no panacea for corporate pensions: A case for increasing the...

Author: Amy Trainor, FSA, EA

Derisking by US corporate pension plans (reallocating from equities to long-duration bonds to better match liabilities) has been on hold in recent years, but could resume if funded ratios improve thanks to...

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Jan 2017
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Tax reform and long bond supply: An "early mover" advantage for US corporate...

Authors: Bill Cole, CFA, CAIA, ...

Corporate tax cuts are a key component of President Trump's tax plan. While there are many details still to be ironed out, it seems likely that lower corporate tax rates are on the horizon. In this paper, we...

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