Investment Strategies for Today’s Group Retirement Plans

Event Date: September 18, 2018

Join M3 Financial and a panel of industry specialists for the latest trends and financial updates impacting those responsible for managing their organization’s group retirement plans.

Default target date funds, along with cash/guaranteed options are trending quickly to make up a surprising 80% to 90% of a plan’s total assets![1] At the same time, individuals over age 50 – typically a time for more conservative investing – commonly hold over 78% of all target date fund assets.[2]  The need for a plan’s investment committee to focus on the selection of these target date and guaranteed accounts would seem obvious.

Surprisingly, committees and decision makers are given very little guidance on how to rate and select the best fit in these two areas. Failing to articulate reasons for selecting these funds may put decision makers in a precariously exposed position, particularly in times of market volatility.

Experienced financial professionals will share insights, explore best practices and provide compliance information that will guide in decision making as you support your organization’s retirement plan.


Featured Topics:

Selecting and Monitoring Target Date Funds
Glenn Dial, Managing Director and Head of Retirement Strategy, Allianz Global Investors

Expected key takeaways include:

  • Statistics on target date usage
  • DOL target date selection tips
  • Methodology for selecting the right target date funds
  • Risk comparison across target date funds
  • Introduction to dynamic target date funds


Selecting the Right Cash Options: Money Market, Stable Value or Fixed
Fred Spreen, Corporate Vice President, Director of Midwest Stable Value, New York Life Stable Value Investments

Expected key takeaways include:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of money market, stable value and fixed options
  • What to look for when selecting a stable value or fixed account option
  • Deep-dive into pitfalls, restrictions and limitations


Market Update
Bryan J. Zak, Client Service Executive, Legg Mason Global Asset Company

Expected key takeaways include:

  • Domestic and global trends driving the market
  • What investors should be looking for
  • Opportunities and strategies for 401(k) investors


Who Should Attend?

  • 401(k)/403(b)/457(b) Decision Makers – Company Owners, CEOs, CFOs, HR Directors
  • Plan Fiduciaries
  • Investment Committee Members


Join us September 18th for one of the following sessions:


Morning / Madison Session                                                                 

M3 Insurance
828 John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53713

Check-in: 8:00-8:30 a.m. (Continental Breakfast Provided)               
Session: 8:30-11:00 a.m.


Afternoon / Milwaukee Session

M3 Insurance
1425 Discovery Parkway
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Check-in: 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Session: 1:30-4:00 p.m.


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[1] Cerulli Associates 2016 U.S. Defined Distribution Report
[2] 2017 Morningstart Direct

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