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Need Help Navigating Investment Responsibilities?

Friday, April 21, 2017

At CAPTRUST, we believe that a well-constructed investment lineup with ongoing oversight is a critically important part of managing a defined contribution plan. Some plan sponsors may feel they have the knowledge and expertise to select and monitor plan investments on their own or with limited assistance from a fiduciary — and may be comfortable with the associated liability. Others, either uncomfortable making investment decisions or interested in outsourcing the work or liability, may be best served by hiring a 3(38) investment manager. Regardless of the approach, we welcome the opportunity to help plan sponsors discharge their duties with the care, skill, prudence, and diligence required under ERISA.

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Conducting an Effective Advisor RFP Process

Friday, July 15, 2016

Retirement plan advisors can help plan sponsors by assisting with plan design, participant engagement, investment, fiduciary process, and vendor management issues related to overseeing a retirement plan. Finding the right advisor can be made easier by following a process that includes a comprehensive advisor RFP.

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Five Tips for a Successful Advisor RFP Process

Thursday, October 23, 2014

At CAPTRUST, we believe that a well-crafted, well-run advisor RFP process can help plan sponsors identify and prioritize their most important issues, gather intelligence on advisory services available in the market, help simplify decision making and document an important fiduciary process. The following five tips and best practices — gleaned from our experience responding to more than 700 advisor RFPs over the past 10 years — can help make what might seem like a daunting process seem much more manageable.

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Capital Market Assumptions 2014

Thursday, May 01, 2014

At CAPTRUST, we believe setting realistic capital market assumptions leads to more prudent asset allocation decisions for institutional and private wealth investors alike and to a more successful investment experience overall. In this year’s update to our assumptions, we look at the four principal themes of slower economic growth, low interest rates, monetary policy, and inflation over the five to seven years of our forecast period. The concept of normalization plays a central role in our thinking and could meaningfully impact asset class returns in the coming years.

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A Three-Step Approach to Nonqualified Plan Financing

Monday, April 15, 2013

CAPTRUST Financial Advisors advocates for a comprehensive and intentional process to establish a nonqualified deferred compensation plan financing strategy. We believe the process should focus on three key, interdependent decisions; choosing an appropriate financing method, earnings hedge strategy, and target funding level. This paper defines and addresses these three decisions in detail, considering the pros, cons, costs, and benefits of the alternatives available. Understanding these choices can help plan sponsors better manage plan costs, reduce balance sheet volatility, and help secure participant benefits. We encourage you to read on for a more complete explanation of our three-step approach to nonqualified plan financing.

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Capital Market Assumptions 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

At CAPTRUST, we believe setting realistic capital market assumptions leads to more prudent asset allocation decisions for corporate defined benefit plans and private investors alike and to a more successful investment experience overall. In developing our new assumptions, we expect monetary policy, rather than fiscal policy or fundamental factors such as corporate earnings, will continue to drive the performance of capital markets. Given these circumstances, we suggest that now is the time for investors to reassess their portfolio return expectations.

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