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We are able to work with whatever managers and vehicles you currently have in your plans. We have built deep relationships with more than 300 managers across the universe of public and private asset classes. If we don’t already cover a specific manager in your portfolio, we will initiate research on that manager.
Alternative asset classes are increasingly important to plans seeking valuable sources of alpha and diversification—while also adding complexity in terms of managing risk and liquidity. We have one of the industry’s deepest dedicated alternatives teams, with more than 50 professionals who have an average of 22 years of experience. This allows us to help clients optimize their use of alternatives on both a strategic and tactical level.
Coordination of Multiple Plans
We have experience working with complex situations and are able to provide recommendations on how to operate more efficiently and when sub-plans should be consolidated. We focus on assessing risk at the total client relationship level and managing that risk through strategic allocations and tactical portfolio decisions.
As a leader in socially responsible investing, we are able to create customized portfolios for clients committed to ESG investing that are designed to reflect each client’s unique priorities without compromising long-term returns.
Oversight of Service Providers
Our clients often use a complex web of outside service providers. Serving as an extension of your staff, we provide oversight of your third-party partners and ensure that they follow best practices.
Robust, Comprehensive Reporting
We provide reporting that goes beyond simply showing performance by manager or asset class. Instead, we create customized reports for our clients that show risk, asset allocation, and consolidated performance.
Direct Access to Investment Professionals
We’ve designed our team structure to create a direct line of communication between you and your investment professionals. Each client team is headed by two seasoned investment professionals:
Serves as your primary day-to-day contact and ensures that your specific goals and objectives are at the center of all decisions made throughout our investment governance model.
Works closely with you to design and update a strategic asset allocation and de-risking framework that is flexible, prudent, and effective.
To learn more about our team and governance structures,
Informing Defined-Benefit Pension Plans’ Decision to Re-risk
Adopters of a glide path approach have generally been in a one-way, de-risking mindset. Recent market events and their adverse impact to plan funded status have shifted conversations towards re-risking. Plan sponsors who are considering re-risking should bear in mind several key considerations and practical approaches to meeting investment policy objectives.
Transparency, Communication, and Agility: Response to the COVID-19 Crisis as Fiduciary Partners
The COVID-19 pandemic and widespread lockdowns curtailing social and economic activity have led to a depression-magnitude slowdown. Equity markets plummeted and then rallied; volatility remains heightened. Interest rates reached historic lows. The speed and scale of the first-quarter dislocation across asset classes was unprecedented. This is a perfect storm for defined benefit (DB) pension plans.
Active approaches once dominated investment management. Over the past decade, we've seen massive growth in index asset flows across a range of asset classes and regions. The Manager Research team explores this trend in their latest research paper.
This information is for informational purposes only, not to be construed as investment advice or a recommendation or offer to buy or sell any security. Investors should always obtain and read an up-to-date investment services description or prospectus before deciding whether to appoint an investment manager or to invest in a fund. Any views expressed herein are those of the author(s), are based on available information, and are subject to change without notice. Individual portfolio management teams may hold different views and may make different investment decisions for different clients. There are no guarantees regarding the achievement of investment objectives, target returns, portfolio construction, allocations or measurements such as alpha, tracking error, stock weightings and other information ratios. The views and strategies described may not be suitable for all investors. SSGA does not provide tax or legal advice. Prospective investors should consult with a tax or legal advisor before making any investment decision. Investing entails risks and there can be no assurance that SSGA will achieve profits or avoid incurring losses.
Performance quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so you may have a gain or loss when shares are sold. Current performance may be higher or lower than that quoted.
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