Category Archives: Fiduciary updates

Listen to Part 2 of Arnerich Massena’s Podcast: Investment Committees: More than the sum of their parts, Traditional Versus Discretionary Advisory Services

In Part 2 of our podcast series, Investment Committees: More than the sum of their parts, we take a look at traditional versus discretionary advisory services. Luka Arnerich, CAIA, a consultant with more than ten years of working with committees in both types of engagements, shares his thoughts and insights on what the difference is and how it affects long-term outcomes, as well as how a committee might decide between one or the other. Read more »

Are Target-date Funds Going Global?

The United States stock market currently accounts for about 55 percent of global market cap. While this represents the largest percentage of the world’s market cap held by a single country, it leaves a full 45 percent in markets outside of the U.S.  The U.S. stock market is also the most expensive in the world, with a current (as of June 30, 2019) P/E ratio of 16.7x compared with the global P/E ratio of 13.2x. Though it accounts for 55% of global market value, the U.S. stock market actually only represents about 17 percent of the world’s stocks: approximately 5,000 U.S. companies versus 25,000 non-U.S. companies. Read more »

Pitfalls that Plague Investment Committees

Investment committees serve as a common structure for the decision-making responsibility in overseeing assets, based on the idea that decisions made by a group of people will be better than individual decisions, particularly when it comes to the complexities of investing. But research shows that it takes more than a collection of people to make wise decisions. Why do some committees generate better investment outcomes than others; is it because they are just better investors, or are there group dynamics at work that can systematically rob a committee of its ability to make strong decisions? Here we discuss some of the pitfalls committees fall prey to that can undermine their long-term outcomes. For more information, read Arnerich Massena’s white paper, Investment Committees: More than the sum of their parts. Read more »

Plan Sponsor Council of America Provides 401(k)/403(b) Campaign Materials

Getting participants engaged and educated is a critical part of sponsoring a retirement plan, and the Plan Sponsor Council of America is here to help. The organization has been providing campaign materials to members and non-members to help bring awareness to retirement savings and assist plan sponsors in educating their participants about financial wellness. This year’s campaign, The Retirement Game, brings an element of fun to retirement planning education, with football-themed materials. PSCA member Arnerich Massena assisted in the development of the campaign materials. Read more »

Legislative Updates: Second Quarter 2019

IMPACT OF EARLY WITHDRAWALS FROM RETIREMENT PLANS AND IRAS

In late April, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report on early withdrawals from retirement plans and IRAs. The report examined and reported on the number and amount of early withdrawals, factors leading up to them, and strategies and policies to limit early withdrawals. Examining individuals in their prime working years (ages 25 to 55), the GAO found that individuals withdrew at least $69 billion of retirement savings, resulting in those plan participants and IRA owners paying more than $6 billion in tax penalties associated with these withdrawals. Read more »

Arnerich Massena’s White Paper Featured in Nonprofit Association of Oregon Newsletter: Investment Committees: More than the Sum of their Parts

The Nonprofit Association of Oregon recently featured Arnerich Massena’s white paper, Investment Committees: More than the sum of their parts in its May 2019 issue of Oregon’s Nonprofit Digest. We’re pleased to share this paper, which discusses how an investment committee’s ability to function as a team can impact the performance of their investment portfolios. Based on wide-ranging research and direct experience, we provide strategies for committees to strengthen their decision-making and group processes in order to ultimately improve outcomes. Read more »

Is your retirement plan stuck in the past?

How well are you preparing your employ­ees for a secure future? Are you actively working to build a retirement-ready workforce, or have you left your plan on autopilot? If you haven’t checked in a while, you may be missing out on important services, trends, and cost efficiencies! Review this checklist to find out where paying a bit of attention can pay off for you and your participants. Read more »

Listen to Part 1 of Arnerich Massena’s Podcast: Investment Committees: More than the sum of their parts

In our recent white paper, Investment Committees: More than the sum of their parts, we look at why some investment committees generate better investment outcomes than others. We examine what elements can make a committee successful, and discuss group dynamics that can systematically undermine an investment committee’s decision-making ability. In part 1 of our accompanying podcast series, senior consultants Chris Van Dyke, CFA, CAIA, and James Ellis, CFA, go even deeper, bringing their 35 years of collective experience working with committees to the discussion. Read more »

Arnerich Massena Publishes White Paper: Investment Committees: More than the sum of their parts

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new white paper: Investment Committees: More than the sum of their parts. The paper discusses how an investment committee’s ability to function as a team can impact the performance of their investment portfolio, and provides strategies for committees to strengthen their decision-making and group processes in order to ultimately improve outcomes. Read more »

Legislative Updates: First Quarter 2019

RETIREMENT ENHANCEMENT AND SAVINGS ACT & THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

As 2018 drew to a close, there seemed to be a real possibility that meaningful retirement legislation would be signed into law. After the November midterms, the prospects for passage of the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA) legislation improved. Yet in late December, the stalemate over funding for a border barrier and the failure to reach a spending agreement eliminated the chances for a continuing resolution and resulted in the government shutdown. Another piece of legislation that will need to be reintroduced is the Receiving Electronic Statements To Improve Retiree Earnings (RETIRE) Act, which was designed to amend the Employee Retirement Income and Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code (Code) to allow plan documents required for participants, beneficiaries, and other individuals to be delivered electronically. Read more »