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April 2023 / VIDEO

Is Fixed Income Having an Identity Crisis?

Future of Fixed Income in DC Plans, 2022 Survey insights from 150+ DC plan sponsors on how fixed income is offered to plan participants

We explore three key themes in this webinar:

  • Fixed income markets have structurally changed over time, and more recently, inflationary pressures and higher interest rates have led to historically uncommon volatility in bond markets.  At the same time, many plan sponsors are evolving their plan objectives to better address the needs of participants nearing, or in, retirement. Both shifts have implications for the types of fixed income exposure offered to participants.
  • In our research, plan sponsors report that the most important characteristics for core menu fixed income investments are the ability to preserve capital and to diversify portfolios—two objectives not always optimally delivered by conventional core bond portfolios. We explore how an “improved core” that offers additional diversification may help to better weather multiple markets.
  • When it comes to considering fixed income in target date investments, our research shows that plan sponsors have different objectives for younger participants versus older participants. We explore how fixed income allocations can be designed to meet these multiple objectives and navigate the market environment through diversification.

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