Investing is the process of putting your money to work for you. Investors buy an asset with the hopes of making money from it either from dividends, capital gains, or other revenue stream. When it comes to investing in defined contribution plans, the strategies used are often more complex and require more research and due diligence. Sam Masoudi, chief investment officer of the $10 billion Wyoming Retirement System, recently discussed the importance of understanding the definition of investment in order to make the best decisions.
When it comes to investing in defined contribution plans, there are several different strategies investors can use. Individual wealth invested in alternatives, meanwhile, is expected to double by 2023 from $2.7 trillion to $5.4 trillion. Alternatives are any asset class outside of stocks, bonds, and cash, such as real estate, private equity, and hedge funds. Investing in alternatives can be beneficial because they can provide higher returns and lower risk than traditional investments.
Karl Rogers is the Chief Investment Officer of Elkstone, a global investment firm specializing in alternative investments. He believes that due to the uncertainty of the markets, investors should be diversifying their portfolio with alternative investments. He also believes that investors should understand the different types of alternative investments, as well as the associated risk and rewards, in order to make the most informed decisions.
In addition to alternative investments, investors should also consider the risk associated with investing in traditional assets, such as stocks and bonds. Kentucky passed a law targeting banks and their climate policies. Bankers sued the attorney general. Whose definition of investment risk should prevail in this instance? Regulations such as this one could significantly impact the risk associated with investing in traditional assets.
Data collected by Pensions & Investments for the Top 1,000 survey of the largest U.S. retirement plans show a similar 59% of DC plans that are managed by an adviser. Most of these advisers are registered investment advisers, meaning that they are subject to a fiduciary duty of loyalty to their clients. This means that they must put their clients’ interests first and that they must not engage in any practices that would be considered unethical.
Virtus Investment Partners Inc. recently hired Craig Lombardi as a managing director for defined contribution investment only and subadvisory. Lombardi will be responsible for developing and managing DC investment strategies for Virtus’ clients. He will also be responsible for ensuring that the strategies are in line with the clients’ risk tolerance and long-term goals.
Finally, Kent McCormack was appointed as managing director of the National Electrical Annuity Plan, which has defined contribution assets of $11.8 million. McCormack will be responsible for developing and managing investment strategies for the plan. He will also be responsible for overseeing the plan’s compliance with relevant laws and Regulations.
In conclusion, investors need to understand the different types of defined contribution plans and the associated risk and rewards before investing. They should also be aware of the Regulations and laws that may affect their investments. Finally, they should make sure that their investments are in line with their long-term goals and risk tolerance.