In The Media

  • Why Defined Contribution Plans Consider Stable Value as the Alternative to Money Market Funds - SVIA (April 2016)
This SVIA fact sheet compares and contrasts stable value to money market funds Click here to view the fact sheet...

  • Here's How to Make Your Retirement Nest Egg Last Longer - Bloomberg (January 2016)

A brief mention of accessing Stable Value in a 401(k).  Click here to read the full article on Bloomberg...

  • Stable Value Assets Hit a Record High - PRWeb  (October 2015)

Stable value assets hit a record high of $770 billion in the US retirement market as of second quarter 2015 according to new SVIA survey.  Click here to read the full article on PRWeb...

  • Unpacking Stable Value Funds - Morningstar (August 2015)

Morningstar has released an overview of stable value funds titled Unpacking Stable Value Funds by Karen Wallace as part of their "The Short Answer" series. This article gives a brief summary of what stable value funds are and where they can be found, as well as a brief synopsis of how they fit into portfolios and their potential risks. The article has garnered significant attention on social media and provides an unbiased third party description of stable value.  Click here to read the full article on Morningstar...

  • Webcast: CITs 101 - CIT Coalition (June 2015)

This program will offer basic information on the structure and operation of CITs, including how they are regulated and benefits of their use.  View the webcast here...

  • New Plansponsor Piece Covering Stable Value - SVIA (June 2015)

For plan sponsors debating the addition of a stable value offering to their lineups, Jim King, managing director of strategic relationships at Prudential Retirement, sees a solid place for this option on a streamlined investment menu.  Click here to read the full article...

  • Stable Value Investing: A Key Component in DC Plans - Institutional Investor (June 2015)

Stable value investing is playing an increasingly important role in defined contribution (DC) plans such as 401(k)s. For sponsors and participants, this conservative asset class - offered through insurance company contracts - can deliver steady returns without the volatility associated with stock and bond funds.  Click here to read the full article...

  • Educational Video Series on Stable Value Funds - SVIA (March 2015)

SVIA is pleased to announce the release of an educational video series on stable value funds.  The series features SVIA members answering 24 questions on stable value funds. View the videos here...

  • 401(k) Plan Asset Allocation, Stable Value and Account Balances in 2013 - SVIA (March 2015)

EBRI/ICI's 401(k) database continues to provide the most definitive look at 401(k) plans.  Their latest report, "401(k) Plan Asset Allocation, Account Balances, and Loan Activity in 2013," covered 26.4 million plan participants in 72,676 plans that held $1.912 trillion in assets.  The comprehensive 2013 report covers half of all 401(k) participants, 15 percent of all plans and 46 percent of all 401(k) assets. Read More...

  • Stable Value Performance Down, Products Improved - Plan Advisor (February, 2014)

In general, underlying portfolio performance was weak during the most recent quarter due to a sell-off in many of the fixed income markets, according to Blue Prairie Group’s (BPG) Stable Value Database Executive Summary. The data shows this downward movement in performance has been occurring over the last six quarters or so, mostly due to the sustained low interest rate environment. Read More...

  • Value of Stable Value Funds - Plan Advisor (January 2014)

Stable value funds, an essential but somewhat overlooked asset class, offer reasonable returns, low risk and bedrock value. Especially in light of today's market volatility, they can help shield a portfolio from outsized returns on both the upside and the downside. Read More...

  • How to Protect Your Retirement Savings From Rising Interest Rates - CBS News (January 2014)

Now that the Federal Reserve has announced it will start reducing its bond buying program by $10 billion per month, the impact is being felt in the financial markets. Stocks cheered the news, seeing it as confirmation that the Fed is growing more confident about the recovery of the US economy. Read More...

  • How to Get Your 401(k) Ready for Retirement - Wall Street Journal (October 2013)

While employer-sponsored savings plans such as 401(k)s usually are a great place to stash money during most of your working years, they may not be as great if you're getting ready to call it quits. Read More...

  • On The Safe Side - Making the Case for Stable Value - Plan Advisor (June 2013)

There is a reason they are part of nearly every 401(k) fund lineup: They offer participants a conservative option and an opportunity to preserve assets, especially during volatile economic times or when workers are approaching retirement age and want to hold onto what they have rather than take risks. Read More...

  • 360° Approach to Retirement in the U.S. - Principal Global Investors (2013)

new report released today by CREATE-Research and commissioned by Principal Global Investors and the Principal Financial Group® explores both product-based and guidance-based solutions to address gaps in the U.S. retirement system. 

  • The Basics of Stable Value  - SVIA

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. Read More...

  • Stable Value Investments: Synthetic Investment Contract Basics - SVIA

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’s unique characteristics are governed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board as well as the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. Read More...

  • Stable Value Guaranteed Insurance Accounts: Frequently Asked Questions  - SVIA

Given the complexity and uncertainty of today’s financial markets and economy, it is no wonder that plan sponsors and plan participants continue to appreciate the benefits of stable value. As of December 31, 2011, over 25 million plan participants in more than 159,000 defined contribution plans invested $645.5 billion in stable value products. Read More...