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PENTalk™ – The Pentegra Fiduciary Smartpath™

“The laws governing retirement plans and their fiduciaries are complex, but complying with them doesn’t have to be. As an institutional fiduciary, Pentegra is intimately familiar with the role of a plan fiduciary and the responsibilities fiduciaries have to a retirement plan and its participants….

PENTalk™ – The Pentegra Smartpath™

The Pentegra SmartPathTM and the path to retirement readiness discusses best practices in plan design and savings strategies geared toward helping participants achieve more successful…

Blog Talk Radio: Retirement Planning Tips

The Big Blend Radio Show – featuring interviews on travel, food, art, recreation and more – talks with Pentegra’s Rich Rausser about retirement planning for all ages….

Why Do Companies Buy Back Their Stock?

A blog by Frederic P. Slade, CFA, Assistant Vice President, Senior Director of Investments, Pentegra Retirement Services – July 21, 2015 A financial headline reading something like, “Company X repurchased 50 million shares of its stock” has become a common one in recent years. According…

A Few Notes on Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency-Where is it headed?

…including the dollar. Market Capitalization by Cryptocurrency (7/24/21) Sources: coin.dance.com, Bianco Research Regulators, governments and financial markets have been grappling with understanding and determining the direction of cryptocurrency. Given that this sector is constantly evolving, below is a summary of a few parallel developments: In…

Gauging the Impact of a Fed Rate Hike on Stocks

A blog by Frederic Slade, CFA, Assistant Vice President and Senior Director, Investments, Pentegra Retirement Services – September 20,2016 The Federal Reserve has been sending mixed signals as to the probability of an interest rate increase in September. The bond futures market is currently forecasting…

Pros and Cons of Closed-End Funds

A blog by Frederic Slade, CFA, Assistant Vice President and Senior Director, Investments, Pentegra Retirement Services – December 13, 2016 A closed-end fund (CEF) is a publicly-traded, managed investment vehicle regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). An open-end fund is also professionally managed…

Pension Plans as Shareholders

…passively and not “go against the flow”. An additional example is a 401(k) plan which offers company stock. In voting shares, the sponsor must resolve potential conflicts of interests between the plan beneficiaries and the company’s own financial interests. Pension fund investments, whether active or…