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Library » Balancing Risk Management and Tax Management

May 06, 2015 | Wealth Management

Benjamin Franklin famously said that there is nothing certain in this world except death and taxes. A common perception is that taxes are currently too high, too complex, and therefore require a high level of annual planning. Furthermore, income and realized gains from Manning & Napier’s taxable …

Library » Are Active Managers Doing Their Job?

March 25, 2015 | Active Management

Introduction Since the market downturn of 2008, active equity managers have come under fire. Not only did many of these managers fail to provide meaningful downside risk management relative to market indices during the credit crisis, but most have failed to keep up with their benchmarks as the …

Library » Defining a Market Cycle

December 05, 2014 | Market Commentary

Introduction Performance measurement is one of the most discussed topics in the investment industry. For example, if an investment has strong returns over the past 12 months, is it a good investment? What if returns are attractive over three, five, or ten years? Before answering this question, …

Library » Roadmap to a Successful Tiered Investment Menu Design and Communication Program

December 04, 2014 | Retirement Plans

Introduction Since the beginning of 401(k) plans over 30 years ago, plan investment menus have seen many evolutions. The earliest plans typically offered just three investment options: a stock fund, a bond fund, and a cash equivalent fund. Options were valued infrequently and participants …

Library » Modern Portfolio Theory: Expectation vs. Reality

November 26, 2014 | Active Management

MPT Background Academic studies have shown that the asset allocation decision accounts for a meaningful portion of long-term portfolio returns1. As such, the asset allocation decision remains the central element of portfolio construction in the investment industry today. While there are numerous …

Library » Basics of Corporate Pension Plan Funding

September 17, 2014 | Active Management

Introduction In general, a pension plan is a promise from a Plan Sponsor (often the employer) to participants (employees) of benefits to be paid during retirement. Pension plans are often used to attract and/or retain employees. Additionally, many plans are implemented or maintained for the tax …

Library » Constructing Performance Benchmarks for Life Cycle Options

September 10, 2014 | Retirement Plans

Introduction Active multiple asset class managers generally employ relatively flexible investment mandates, allowing them to invest in a variety of asset classes in varying degrees based on changing market conditions. Performance benchmarks must reflect both the overall asset allocation ranges …

Library » Evaluating the Merits of Active Management

September 08, 2014 | Active Management

Introduction The decision between active or passive management remains one of the highly debated topics in investment management today. Often, the discussion centers on the theoretical ability of a manager to outperform a benchmark. Proponents of passive management often believe that equity …

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 …


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