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The Alternative Route: A Smoother Ride for Defined Contribution Plans

April 3, 2014 / by NEPC

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The investment opportunity set for Defined Contribution plans is rapidly expanding. Asset classes and strategies that used to lie beyond the reach of many Plans are now readily available for implementation. In this paper, we lay the groundwork for what we believe a DC alternative is, highlight their risk and return expectations and discuss the usage and prevalence of alternatives in the defined contribution marketplace today. We believe that alternatives present a unique opportunity for DC plans and they possess the ability to increase the efficiency of returns in an investment portfolio and help smooth the ride for participants to and through retirement.

Topics: Alternative Investments, Defined Contribution

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