Newport Group believes that investment managers should be selected and monitored using a well-defined process. Our dedicated team of research analysts combines both quantitative analysis and qualitative research in order to identify investment managers we believe will provide superior long-term performance.
Top hat retirement plans (unfunded arrangement that benefit a "select group of management or highly compensated employees" and more commonly known as "Non-Qualified deferred compensation plans") are exempt from most of the requirnment of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended ("ERISA"), including the obligation to file annual information returns with the IRS on Form 5500.
Index funds are a prominent and growing part of retirement plan design, for good reasons. The category has grown remarkably from $327 billion in 2002 to $2.2 trillion in 2015.1 In addition to low expenses, index funds offer simplicity and relative predictability in comparison to actively managed strategies. However, while index funds are commonly referred to as “passively managed” investments, they are not as simple or homogenous as many investorsperceive them to be.
The objective of a participant-directed menu is to achieve the best
possible investment outcomes for plan participants, given their time
horizons and risk tolerance. As a consultant to both qualified and
non-qualified defined contribution plans, Newport Group’s fiduciary
consulting team has developed what we consider a “best-in-class”
menu design framework that can serve as a starting point for plan