What is stable value? Stable value is an investment vehicle offered by defined contribution plans and used by participants. Stable value provides the following unique
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Employer sponsored plans are often able to offer unique advantages and less expensive investment options but most importantly, qualified retirement plans are the only place you can access stable value solutions.
Plan sponsors have a unique opportunity to offer a stable value product which is specifically designed to meet the needs of their plan participants and can only be offered inside a tax qualified plan.
Stable value is an investment product offered only in tax qualified plans, namely defined contribution and 529 education savings plans. First introduced in the 1970s, today assets in stable value products total more than $800 billion with 78% of retirement plans offering a stable value fund option.
As of year-end 2019, the DC landscape was about $8.2 trillion in assets. This analysis relies on data from 10 major plan administrators to break down in detail $4.5 trillion in assets from nearly 135,000 plans covering 42 million participants.
Stable value funds are tailored to meet the needs of a specific plan. While all stable value funds have weathered various economic cycles and consistently performed in meeting the needs of plan participants, there are differences in structure, levels of guarantees, as well as some contractual features.
What are stable value funds? How do they work? What are the benefits? What are the risks? These are some of the basic questions most have. Below we will answer these questions and others to help you increase your knowledge and understanding of stable value funds.
For more than 40 years, stable value funds have played an important role helping retirement plan participants safely accumulate and retain retirement savings. Stable value
If you’re new to stable value, the Wikipedia article is a great place to start. It provides a brief history of stable value back to the inception of defined contribution plans in the 1970s, as well as their performance over time and during the 2008 financial crisis.
The goal of this paper is to suggest a framework for understanding and evaluating insurance company stable value contracts in qualified plans.
Stable value investment options have been offered in defined contribution plans since these plans’ inception in the 1970s. Throughout their 40 year history, stable value funds have consistently delivered a unique combination of benefits: liquidity, principal preservation and consistent, positive returns.
Stable value is a principal preservation investment option used by millions of plan participants to achieve their desired risk tolerance in asset allocation. This document provides an overview of the three different management types, their performance, and the contract types used to deliver stable value’s guarantee.
Stable value refers to a relatively low-risk asset class that focuses on capital preservation and liquidity, while providing steady, positive returns to participants within certain types of defined contribution plans.
Exit provisions are stipulated in the contract between the stable value contract issuer and plan. Exit provisions generally require the plan sponsor to wait a stated period before receiving the full benefit responsive value (principal plus accumulated interest).
Stable value practitioners are frequently asked how the stable value asset class will respond in a rising interest rate environment.
It’s important to keep in mind that how you invest for your retirement depends on your life circumstances as well as your retirement date and your risk tolerance. Stable value works best as part of a well-balanced portfolio to help you manage risk and preserve principal while still earning a consistent, positive return.