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Selected Research for Defined Contribution

Equities/Stocks

Be More Agile: A Flexible Approach to Equity Investing

Investors want reliable returns and, with bond yields near all-time lows, equities are an obvious choice. But investors are also wary of the risks. We believe that a flexible portfolio that adapts to current market conditions can deliver a better risk-reward trade-off.

January 31, 2014

Fixed Income/Bonds

Monetary Policy in Flux

Senior Economist—Europe
Director—Global Economic Research

Evolving economic challenges are transforming central banking around the world. The new monetary policy doctrine is likely to put greater emphasis on asset-price developments. But, without a true monetary anchor, central banks could still risk a repeat of the recent boom/bust cycle.

January 8, 2014

China Races Against Time as Demographic Drag Looms

Senior Economist—Asia
Economist—Asia-Pacific

The next decade will be critical for China as it seeks to further modernize its economy before demographic headwinds kick in. With cheap labor supply drying up and productivity gains moderating, failure to implement appropriate reform may push China into the so-called middle-income trap.

May 29, 2013

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Selected Research for Defined Contribution US

Equities/Stocks

Faces of Change

A Grassroots Approach to Investing in Emerging Consumer Growth

Faces of Change

March 1, 2014

Retirement Planning

The Future of DC Has Arrived

Improving Retirement Outcomes Now

Head, Research and Investment Design—AllianceBernstein Defined Contribution Investments
Chief Investment Officer—Bernstein Global Wealth Management
Chief Market Strategist; Co-Head—Multi-Asset Solutions; Chief Investment Officer—Systematic and Index Strategies
Senior Research Analyst—Defined Contribution

Is a total DC system overhaul really required? What key variables drive a DC plan participant’s ability to achieve a comfortable retirement? How can DC plan sponsors and participants adjust and combine key variables for better synergy? And just how successful might a DC plan be? In this paper, we share our most recent research into these issues and provide specific and actionable recommendations for DC participants and plan sponsors to achieve their goals.

October 10, 2013

Retirement Planning

DC: Where the Action…Isn’t

Senior Retirement Plan Counsel—AllianceBernstein Investments

Washington’s current inactivity poses a challenge for defined contribution (DC) plan sponsors, investment management providers and record keepers. We’ve heard rumblings of legislative, regulatory and perhaps even taxation changes…but what changes seem likely to happen?

October 1, 2013

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Defined Contribution Perspectives

Greece is the Word

The debt crisis in Greece continues to reverberate across financial markets. With a formal debt restructuring looking increasingly more likely, Darren Williams, our Senior European Economist, reports on the findings of his recent visit to the country.

September 21, 2011

Greece is the Word

The debt crisis in Greece continues to reverberate across financial markets. With a formal debt restructuring looking increasingly more likely, Darren Williams, our Senior European Economist, reports on the findings of his recent visit to the country.

September 21, 2011

DC US Perspectives

Securing Retirement Income Series of Articles

Our Securing Retirement Income series of articles explores the shifting social contract and the loss of retirement security, how the foibles of human behavior make wise retirement income decisions so difficult, and how to incorporate a pragmatic lifetime income solution within DC plans.

October 27, 2011

DC Reporter: Research and Insights for the DC Professional

The DC Reporter is a quarterly newsletter that examines topics of interest to plan sponsors and consultants.

May 5, 2011