Clean shares are popping up in the U.S. Several firms, including Capital Group, Janus Henderson Investors, MFS, and T. Rowe Price, offer them. The shares came about from a Securities and Exchange Committee no-action letter issued on January 11, 2017, responding to Capital Group’s request for interpretative guidance on Section 22(d) of the Investment Company Act of 1940.
Everyone admits defined contribution (DC) plans were never designed to be the default retirement vehicle. But here we are. For the masses—no, those lucky enough to have one—DC plans are the default.
When will we act for an effective retirement system? Defined benefit plans are essentially gone. The Social Security system is questionable. Congressmen are talking about removing the DC-plan tax deduction.
Money isn’t everything, but it certainly helps create choices in life. Yes, investing can be tricky with many options and fine print. Still, the biggest obstacle for the average person is not investing; it is the saving bit. Saving requires discipline and, in some cases, sacrifice. It means spending less than you earn, though you’re surrounded by lots of temptation.
You are forgiven for having bigger headlines to focus on, as these are confusing times. Envisioning 20 to 40 years from now takes a backseat to the day-to-day with so many concerns for the average individual and family. At least half of baby boomers are navigating healthcare costs and lower fixed incomes, Gen Xers are straddling college costs and eldercare, and the millennials starting out are paying for weddings, homes, and childcare costs. It’s a busy day all-in.
Denise Valentine is a senior analyst at Aite Group in wealth management, focusing on investment management topics such as portfolio technology and related processes ranging from traditional portfolio systems to portfolio management techniques leveraged within digital advice platforms. Ms. Valentine further focuses on data analytics, artificial intelligence, and retirement industry trends, such as the Department of Labor fiduciary rule and the defined contribution segment. Ms. Valentine spent several years with Aite Group evaluating the institutional asset management market.