Whitton: We designed RealPath Blend to offer a packaged target-date solution alternative to all-passive and all-active packaged target-date funds.
This becomes apparent when you look at how sponsors and advisors design the core menu.
Core menus are constructed fund by fund to maximize value for participant. And as it turns out, over half of the time, core menus are designed by blending both passive and active options.
However, in the qualified default investment alternative space, or QDIA, sponsors and advisors have been limited to making a passive or active choice.
The result is a glaring inconsistency between what sponsors and advisors believe to be right for participants on the core menu versus what they are selecting for the QDIA.
We are addressing this limitation with RealPath Blend. When given the choice, plan sponsors and advisors judiciously select where participants spend their fee dollars.
Based on our 2019 consultant survey, for plans below a billion, roughly 50 percent of consultants and advisors recommend packaged active-passive blend target-date funds.
Additionally, most consultants highly ranked the importance of going active in fixed income.
In fact, those same consultants surveyed believed that active management is extremely important or very important for both U.S. bonds and non-U.S. bonds.
We are very happy to offer sponsors and advisors with an alternative to all-passive and all-active packaged target-date funds with RealPath Blend.
We followed a best-of-both-worlds approach by combining PIMCO’s time-tested active fixed income expertise with Vanguard’s efficient passive equity exposure. Our mantra is to go active where it matters and passive where it saves.
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