Monthly Archives: January 2019

Listen to Part 1 of Arnerich Massena’s Impact Investing Podcast Series

Following the publication of our recent white paper, Impact Investing: Why, What, How? we have been excited to discover that people are deeply interested in the opportunities we are presenting and what it could mean both for their portfolio and for the world. We wanted to dive in a little deeper and share some of our knowledge and passion firsthand. To that end, we’re pleased to introduce Arnerich Massena’s Impact Investing Podcast Series. In this series of podcasts, we’ll explore impact investing from a variety of different angles, including the history of our research, the basics of what impact investing is, and what thematic opportunities we are focusing on. Read more »

Arnerich Massena Announces New Service Offering: Philanthropic Services

Arnerich Massena is excited to announce the addition of philanthropic advising to our service model. Philanthropy is a fundamental component of the company’s corporate philosophy and vision, and the firm shares this passion with clients by providing guidance tailored to help them build and implement a unique philanthropic strategy. Read more »

Legislative Updates: Fourth Quarter 2018

EXPANDING AND RETAINING ACCESS TO WORKPLACE RETIREMENT PLANS

In August, President Trump issued an executive order (EO) designed to broaden the availability of workplace retirement plans, especially for smaller employers who may be limited by rules and regulations, as well as to potentially limit unnecessary costs and burdens that may hinder the formation of the plans, with the ultimate goal being to strengthen retirement security in America. The EO further mandated that the Secretary of Labor examine the regulations on required minimum distributions from retirement plans as they relate to life expectancy and distribution periods. Read more »

Watch Arnerich Massena’s Fourth Quarter, Year-End 2018 MarketCast

Arnerich Massena’s fourth quarter and year-end 2018 MarketCast is available for viewing. In this MarketCast, Co-CIO Bryan P. Shipley, CFA, CAIA, introduces senior research analyst Arthur Coyne, CFA, who provides context and commentary on market activity over the year and the fourth quarter, and investment advisor Kate Deines, discussing what this means for client portfolios. Read more »

Crafting a Participant Education Campaign: Arnerich Massena Featured in Defined Contribution Insights

The winter 2018 issue of Defined Contribution Insights – PSCA’s (Plan Sponsor Council of America) quarterly newsletter – features an article from Arnerich Massena director of communication Jillian Perkins about how to craft a participant education campaign. Drawing from the firm’s recent white paper, Retirement Plan Best Practices: Participant Education, the article offers a step-by-step guide to implementing a successful 401(k) education campaign. Read more »

Arnerich Massena Becomes an Intentional Endowments Network Member

We are pleased to announce that Arnerich Massena has joined the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN), which supports colleges and universities, and other mission-driven tax-exempt organizations, in aligning their endowment investment practices with their mission, values, and sustainability goals, without sacrificing financial return. Now a member of the IEN, Arnerich Massena will provide thought leadership and act as a resource for higher education institutions seeking to incorporate impact strategies such as sustainable and ESG (environmental, social, governance) investing into their endowment portfolios. Read more »

Paul Allen’s Passing Reminds us of Key Estate Planning Preparations

The recent passing of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has brought the sporting public’s interest back to the realm of estate planning. The Seattle icon’s assets are estimated to be worth in excess of $26 billion, and they include the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers. There is some intrigue as to the succession plan for each franchise, and fans will watch closely as assets pass through a variety of legal hoops over the next few years (pardon the pun). Read more »

College endowments are performing poorly; why and what can they do about it?

A new study from Georgetown University and NYU’s Stern School of Business looks at major endowments’ portfolios between 2009 and 2016, and the news is not good. Using publicly available IRS filings, the study found that the median annual returns were 5.53 percentage points below a classic 60/40 mix of equity/Treasury bond investments. Coming in at only 3.75%, the median return was even 1.14% below the 10-year Treasury bond return. Read more »