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Library » Focusing on Long-Term Return Objectives in a Low Return World

January 22, 2016 | Market Commentary

Historical Backdrop Assumptions about future returns are made every day by a wide variety of investors. Defined benefit pension plans rely on return assumptions to calculate funding status and necessary contributions while individual investors use them as a guide to determine if they are …

Jeff Coons


Library » Raising the Bar on Target Date Due Diligence: Demographics Matter

June 22, 2015 | Retirement Plans

Manning & Napier and Strategic Insight are pleased to provide this whitepaper highlighting emerging trends and fiduciary considerations regarding certain popular industry target date due diligence tools. Investment due diligence–especially of the retirement plan’s default investment option–is …

Library » Webinar: Emerging Trends in Retirement Investment Due Diligence

June 15, 2015 | Retirement Plans

This discussion provides retirement plan advisors with industry intelligence on the recent trends in investment menu construction. In addition, it offers actionable advice on how retirement advisors can enhance their current due diligence processes with evaluation of the plan’s unique demographics …

Library » Manning & Napier’s Target Date Strategies as a Qualified Default Investment Alternative (QDIA)

June 05, 2014 | Retirement Plans

Introduction The provisions of the Pension Protection Act (PPA) of 2006 defined target date funds as one of three types of qualified default investment alternatives (QDIA) for use in qualified retirement plans. While the final regulations require plan fiduciaries to meet several technical and …

Library » Types of Qualified Plans

May 20, 2014 | Retirement Plans

Before adopting a qualified plan, an employer should first understand the various types of plans available, so that a plan that best meets the employer’s goals and objectives can be chosen. Qualified plans come in two basic flavors: Defined Contribution (DC) Plans and Defined Benefit (DB) Plans. …

James Esposito

Qualified Plans Consultant

Library » Profit Sharing Allocation Methods - The Better Part of Discretion

May 13, 2014 | Retirement Plans

Most Profit Sharing/401(k) Plan sponsors have the basic understanding that the plan contributions must not discriminate in favor of the owners and other highly paid participants over non-owners and non-highly paid participants. Many business owners interpret this to mean “I can’t contribute more …

Library » Common Fiduciary Considerations Related to Target Date Options

May 12, 2014 | Retirement Plans

Introduction Given the variety of target date options available in the marketplace today, how does a plan fiduciary determine which family is right for a specific plan? When evaluating target date options, it is important to keep in mind that quantitative factors play an important role. However, …