April 18, 2018 - Research Roundup

Posted on April 18, 2018

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Prudential: The 80-Year-Old Millennial
New research from Prudential seeks to understand the needs and challenges Millennials will face in 50 years, and uncover ways to help them and policy influencers tackle challenges across employment, training, technology and wellness. The study found that Millennials have anxiety about the future, with nearly 80 percent believing people in the future will no longer be able to retire comfortably. Almost two-thirds agree that traditional full-time employment will largely disappear and freelancers will make up 75 percent of more of the U.S. workforce, and 68 percent believe the main purpose of work is “to earn enough money to live how you want.”
 
Bank of America: 2018 Better Money Habits Millennial Report
New research from Bank of America finds that Millennials are just as good, or better, than other generations when it comes to managing money. While some feel stressed, with one in four worrying often about money, most Millennials feel financially secure and on a level on par with Generation Xers and Baby Boomers. Despite their good habits, three-quarters say their generation overspends, and the majority believe their generation is bad at managing money. Yet, nearly a quarter of older Millennials are already saving for their children’s education, remarkable given so many may still be paying off their own student loans.
BlackRock: Common Challenges, Diverging Paths – Winding Down and Building Up in Global Defined Benefit Pensions
New research from BlackRock, based on a global survey of 300 pension funds, explores both the winding down of corporate plans and the building up that public and other non-corporate funds are doing to strengthen themselves for the long run. The study found that only one in 10 corporate plans are open to new members, while nine in 10 non-corporate plans remain open to new participants.
 
JP Morgan: Guide to the Markets – U.S. 2Q 2018
JP Morgan’s Guide to the Markets illustrates a comprehensive array of market and economic histories, trends and statistics through clear, compelling charts and graphs.
 
MFS: Live to Fight Another Day: Capital Preservation Is Key in Fixed Income Today
New market commentary from MFS finds investors searching for yield in an environment with a high degree of uncertainty and complexity. Asset prices are elevated across the board, with strong interest in corporate debt having driven up the prices of corporate bonds. The report posits that the focus of fixed income should be on prudent capital preservation, given the host of secular factors weighing on the global economy and the aging business cycle.
 
Boomer Expectations for Retirement 2018
Baby boomers – even the youngest of whom are just a decade or so away from retirement age – are in large measure unprepared for retirement, having failed both to plan adequately and save enough, according to a study released today by the Insured Retirement Institute, in conjunction with National Retirement Planning Week. According to the study, 42 percent of baby boomers have nothing saved for retirement. Among boomers who do have retirement savings, 38 percent have less than $100,000 saved for retirement. 
 
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