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Three Steps to Help Improve Retirement Outcomes

J.P. Morgan: Implications of 2018 Long-Term Capital Market Assumptions for Plan Sponsors

NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — J.P. Morgan Asset Management today released a new paper, “Helping improve participants’ retirement outcomes – three practical steps still apply,” and podcast, “Automate, ‘Uncomplicate,’ Activate.”

The pieces explore the implications specific to defined contribution (DC) plan sponsors and participants from the firm’s 2018 Long-Term Capital Market Assumptions as expectations for market returns over the next 10 to 15 years have declined for many asset classes.

“Investors can still expect to face a historically low-return environment over the next decade, leaving Americans with an undiminished challenge as they look to ensure a financially secure retirement,” said Anne Lester, Portfolio Manager and Global Head of Retirement Solutions, J.P. Morgan Asset Management. But, as we continue to emphasize, there are three steps plan sponsors can take to help improve participants’ retirement outcomes across all market environments including:

  • 1) encouraging participants to save more and save early through the use of automatic plan design features;
  • 2) considering professionally managed portfolio strategies like target date funds that can make portfolio diversification easier; and
  • 3) providing participants with the opportunity to enhance returns through the use of active management.

Lack of time, lack of investment knowledge… and inertia

“Ultimately, plan participants are responsible for saving enough to support their retirement goals—but too often, a lack of time and investment knowledge, along with inertia, holds them back,” continued Dan Oldroyd, Portfolio Manager and Head of Target Date Strategies, J.P. Morgan Asset Management. “In our podcast we explore ways plan sponsors can fortify their plans by adopting automatic features, “uncomplicating” the allocation process with well-diversified TDFs, and providing active management opportunities to help enhance return potential. Setting participants on this type of solid saving and investing path is one of the ways to help them achieve a financially secure retirement.”

To learn more about J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s leading defined contribution investment strategies, product innovations, resources and Retirement Insights program for advisors and plan sponsors please, click here. To view the full paper “Helping improve participants’ retirement outcomes – three practical steps still apply” please click here, or to listen to the “Automate, ‘Uncomplicate,’ Activate” podcast, please click here.

Excerpts from the study:

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Ultimately, plan participants are responsible for saving enough to support their retirement goals—but too often, lack of time, interest and investment knowledge, along with inertia, holds them back. Plan sponsors can fortify their plans by adopting automatic features, “uncomplicating” the diversification process through TDFs and providing active management opportunities to help enhance returns. Setting participants on this type of solid saving and investing path is one of the surest ways to help them achieve a financially secure retirement.

It’s true—the outlook for long-term capital market returns has dimmed...

Implications for plan sponsors and their advisors/consultants
More than ever, a secure retirement requires saving adequately and investing wisely. We encourage plan sponsors who have not already done so to work with their plan advisors/consultants and evaluate the feasibility of the following actions for their plans:

  • Adopt automatic enrollment and automatic contribution escalation to encourage greater saving.
  • Evaluate whether a re-enrollment may be appropriate for the plan’s participants.
  • Consider well-diversified target date funds as the plan’s qualified default investment alternative to help ensure that participant portfolios are broadly and effectively allocated —both initially and as participants approach retirement.
  • Select professionally managed target date fund strategies with the potential to provide enhanced returns through both skilled security selection and tactical asset allocation.

It’s true—the outlook for long-term capital market returns has dimmed. But, these plan design and investment options can strengthen plans and help more participants reach their retirement goals.

About J.P. Morgan Asset Management
J.P. Morgan Asset Management, with assets under management of $1.6 trillion (as of September 30, 2017), is a global leader in investment management. J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s clients include institutions, retail investors and high net worth individuals in every major market throughout the world. J.P. Morgan Asset Management offers global investment management in equities, fixed income, real estate, hedge funds, private equity and liquidity. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), the parent company of J.P. Morgan Asset Management, is a leading global asset management firm with assets of approximately $2.6 trillion (as of September 30, 2017) and operations worldwide. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

Long Term Capital Market Assumptions are for illustrative purposes only. They must not be used, or relied upon, to make investment decisions. The assumptions are not meant to be a representation of, nor should they be interpreted as JPMAM investment recommendations. Allocations, assumptions, and expected returns are not meant to represent JPMAM performance. Please note all information shown is based on assumptions, therefore, exclusive reliance on these assumptions is incomplete and not advised. The individual asset class assumptions are not a promise of future performance. Note:: that these asset class assumptions are passive-only; they do not consider the impact of active management.

 

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