March 19, 2019

March 13, 2019

Listen to Part 3 of Arnerich Massena’s Impact Investing Podcast: Impact Investment Themes

We recently posted part 1 and part 2 of our Impact Investing Podcast Series, which provided some background and context to the history of Arnerich Massena’s impact research, and then discussed what impact investing is and why it’s drawing attention from investors. We’re pleased to now present part 3, in which we look at specific investment themes Arnerich Massena has identified in the impact space, and what opportunities we see for investors in these thematic areas. Co-CIO Bryan Shipley, CFA, CAIA, and research analyst Mitch Vogt discuss water, food and agriculture, resource efficiency, and life sciences/healthcare. Read more »


March 11, 2019

Arnerich Massena Publishes White Paper: Women in Investing: Why balanced gender representation on your advisory team helps lead to success

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new white paper: Women in Investing: Why balanced gender representation on your advisory team helps lead to success. While other industries are beginning to see a greater balance between men and women, the financial services industry continues to be heavily male dominated. This paper discusses why the investment industry would benefit from including more female financial professionals and how to foster that change. Read more »


March 7, 2019

What do surviving spouses need to know about estate planning?

One of the harder parts of the financial planning profession is working with families following the death of a loved one. Administering a decedent’s will or trust, dividing and distributing assets, and the filing of estate tax returns involves a coordinated effort between the family’s financial, legal, and tax teams. The surviving spouse can be overwhelmed, particularly if they are not familiar with the investment, tax, or legal structure of the family finances. Read more »


March 4, 2019

How to engage with the next generation of donors

You’ve spent years – decades – building a strong donor base, but now your donors are passing their wealth to the next generation. You know this cohort has different values, different forms of communication, and a different way of being in the world. How do you learn to connect with this new generation, and build new relationships that will establish your next decade of donors?

 Our infographic provides some tips that can help: Read more »


March 1, 2019

Plan sponsors and providers are plagued by the “curse of knowledge,” tending to overuse jargon

What is the “curse of knowledge?” The curse of knowledge is a well-known heuristic in behavioral economics. If you’ve ever tried to teach someone a skill or concept that you are familiar with, you may have encountered this. The curse of knowledge makes it difficult to understand perspectives that don’t have the same foundation of information; for experts in a given area, it’s hard to imagine not having the knowledge you have. Explaining to someone who doesn’t have your background of knowledge can be more challenging than you might imagine, as you try to describe concepts that feel like second nature to you. Read more »


February 27, 2019

February 25, 2019

February 21, 2019

Should Your Plan Engage in Fee Leveling?

Are participants paying their fair share of your plan’s recordkeeping and administrative fees? It may not be apparent, but the way some plans are structured, one participant may be paying far more in plan fees than another. A lack of transparency around fees for services provided can make this topic complex and lead to problems for fiduciaries, who often aren’t even aware of unfair fee practices. How can plan sponsors make sure fees are distributed evenly across your participants? Consider a process called “fee leveling,” which we consider a best practice for retirement plans. Read more »


February 19, 2019

Listen to Part 2 of Arnerich Massena’s Impact Investing Podcast Series: What is impact investing and why is it worth your attention?

We recently posted part 1 of our Impact Investing Podcast Series, which provided some background and context to the history of Arnerich Massena’s impact research. We’re pleased to now present part 2, in which we look at what impact investing is and why it’s worth your attention. Co-CIO Bryan Shipley, CFA, CAIA, and investment advisor Ryland Moore discuss everything from definitions to long-term trends, as they share their insights on the impact marketplace, its evolution, and why it’s so important right now. Read more »