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Joseph Szalay: Personalization is a natural next step for target date funds, and as we introduced in the first episode of this series, myTDF is an innovative solution that makes personalized glide paths for individual participants as easy as traditional target date funds.
Text on screen: TITLE – The next evolution in retirement plan design; SUBTITLE – SIMPLE AND EASY
Image on screen: A diagram with a check mark in the middle highlights how myTDF is simple and easy. To the left of the check mark, for plan sponsors, the diagram notes seamless plan integration and implementation. On the right, for participants, the figure explains how there’s no effort in enrollment, with all five data points coming directly from the plan recordkeeper and payroll provider.
Plan sponsors may think offering personalization for a large participant population would be hard, but in fact it’s simple. It’s also simple for participants because the factors used to customize their portfolios come directly from the recordkeeper. So, just like traditional Target Date Funds, myTDF requires no participant engagement.
Image on screen: A figure shows three components of myTDF. On the far left, a circle is labeled “myTDF”, which links to three other circles to its right, arranged as a vertical column. The first of those circles, at the top of the column, highlights PIMCO. To its right are bulleted points: Glide path algorithm, RealPath Blend CITs from PIMCO and Vanguard, and fiduciary 3(38) oversight. The next circle, directly below the PIMCO section, highlights the recordkeeper, with three features listed: managing participant level implementation process, powering participant engagement platform, and integrating with Morningstar. The final circle, at the bottom, is labeled “Morningstar,” with bulleted items calling attention to how the technology platform houses glide paths, maps participant data stored at the record keeper, and that PIMCO doesn’t receive personal data.
All the hard work is done behind the scenes by PIMCO and our partners.
We’ve initially selected Morningstar to house PIMCO’s proprietary glidepath model and map participant data stored at the Recordkeeper. This allows us to provide hundreds of thousands personalized portfolios without PIMCO receiving any personally identifiable information directly.
Image on screen: A diagram uses a flow chart to show how myTDF works in practice. At the top, above a horizontal row of boxes, a box notes how PIMCO provides the algorithm output containing an extensive set of glide path allocations and portfolio mappings to Morningstar (i.e. the myTDF engine). This box points downward to the second of the three horizontally arranged boxes. The second box notes how Morningstar processes the inputs through the myTDF engine to output the optimal allocation and portfolio mapping for each participant. The box has an arrow pointing to the next box to the right, which notes that the recordkeeper executes the allocations. This box, which is furthest to the right, has an arrow circling back to a box on the far left, which notes how the recordkeeper sends key participant inputs. This box in turn points to the second box, the one discussing Morningstar turning inputs into allocations, completing the circle.
So, how does this work in practice?
Image on screen: The video zooms in on the far left-hand box on the flow chart that shows how myTDF works in practice. This box notes how the recordkeeper sends key participant inputs. Below the box, the inputs are listed as follows: age, salary, account balance, employer contribution rate, and employee deferral rate.
First: After a participant enrolls or is defaulted into myTDF, the recordkeeper securely sends their data to Morningstar. This includes their date of birth, salary, retirement account balance, as well as the participant’s savings and company match rates.
Image on screen: The video zooms in on the second column of the flow chart that shows how myTDF works in practice. This includes the top box, which notes that PIMCO provides the algorithm output containing an extensive set of glide path allocations and portfolio mappings to Morningstar (i.e. the myTDF engine). This box has an arrow below it pointing down to a box that highlights how Morningstar processes the inputs through the myTDF engine to output the optimal allocation and portfolio mapping for each participant. The hypothetical allocation, shown as a pie chart.
Second: Morningstar runs the participant’s data through PIMCO’s proprietary glidepath model, which generates an asset allocation that is personalized for the participant. This information is then securely sent back to the recordkeeper.
Image on screen: The video zooms in on a portion of the previously described horizontal flow chart that shows how myTDF works in practice. The highlight is of a box on the far right of the flow chart, which notes that the recordkeeper executes the allocations. The video then zooms back out to the main diagram of the flow chart. The text “Process repeats quarterly or any time an employee joins/leaves the plan” appears below the diagram.
Then lastly, recordkeeper executes the trades to implement the participant’s personalized portfolio.
This process is repeated on a quarterly basis to ensure any changes, such as a pay increase or balance change, are automatically captured and considered in the participant’s allocation over time.
Image on screen: With a view of the horizontal flow chart that shows how myTDF works in practice, the video zooms in on the second box from the right of the flow chart, which notes how allocations are mapped to combinations of existing PIMCO RealPath Blend Collective Investment Trusts.
Now, what are the actual investments being used to build participant portfolios?
We use PIMCO’s RealPath Blend target date collective investment trusts as the building blocks for myTDF, combining different vintages to implement the personalized glide path.
Text on screen: TITLE – Vintage blending:
Image on screen: The video shows a graphic resembling a chart with five side-by-side bars, made up of stocks and bonds, labeled 2060, 2045, 2040, 2030, income, which combine into one bar. Bulleted text then appears to the right listing the asset classes: U.S. Fixed income, Global bonds, Long treasuries, Long TIPS, TIPS, Emerging market bonds, High yield, Commodities, Real estate, Non-U.S. stocks, U.S. small cap stocks, U.S. large cap stocks, Emerging market stocks. Additional bulleted text appears to the right explaining how MyTDF builds a more precise glidepath, that there’s no need to change the core menus, and how it follows a similar benchmarking process.
We call it vintage blending. Why is this important?
By using RealPath Blend Target Date CITs, we can access asset classes that may not be available on the plan’s investment menu. That allows us to build a more precise glidepath for each participant. Plus, plan sponsors don’t need to change their core menus to accommodate myTDF.
In addition, benchmarking is simple. Plan sponsors who are familiar with traditional TDFs can follow a similar benchmarking process for myTDF.
Target date funds have deservedly become the QDIA of choice for most plan sponsor’s due to their simplicity and ability to cater to a broad group of participants. myTDF offers a more personalized approach to target date funds, while still preserving the simplicity that has made them so popular today.
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