Last updated: 11:41 / Wednesday, 1 February 2017
Cerulli Associates

U.S. Institutional Investors Continue to Feel Pressure in Achieving Investment Goals

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U.S. Institutional Investors Continue to Feel Pressure in Achieving Investment Goals
  • Unfavorable forward-looking returns across several asset classes and recent shifts in the interest rate environment have created additional uncertainty
  • The recent increase in interest rates following the election has sparked renewed interest in pension derisking and liability-driven investing (LDI) among institutional investors

"Institutional investors have faced a variety of pressures during the past year that have made achieving their investment goals very challenging," states Chris Mason, senior analyst at Cerulli with regards to the January edition of The Cerulli Edge – U.S. Institutional Edition. "Unfavorable forward-looking returns across several asset classes and recent shifts in the interest rate environment have created additional uncertainty."

"The difficult market environment, including historically low interest rate levels, has wreaked havoc on corporate defined benefit planned sponsors," continues Mason. "However, the recent increase in interest rates following the election has sparked renewed interest in pension derisking and liability-driven investing (LDI) among these institutional investors."

Cerulli believes that in order for managers to serve their clients most effectively, it is imperative they understand how these specific challenges affect institutions as a whole. As rates continue to rise, managers should focus on highlighting their LDI solutions. Proactive managers that educate plan sponsors about the benefits of derisking will be the best positioned in the marketplace.

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