Even with a few bumps in the road, the markets have remained strong, leaving little pain among institutional investment portfolios. And that means plan sponsors feel comfortable in their investment options and do not immediately see any reasons to diversify their plan lineups.

Plan sponsors are less likely to look for new investment options or diversify their plan lineups while the market remains strong – Paul Klauder

So long as the stock market continues to be favorable, plan sponsors feel less pressure to look for a new investment lineup. Fewer opportunities present themselves for SEI’s defined contribution (DC) business, which offers plan sponsors discretionary investment management (OCIO) and multi-manager, white-label products.

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Without the pain points of a volatile market, participants and sponsors may not see the advantages of looking elsewhere for their investment needs. In a different environment, SEI and other multi-manager, white-label approaches could be in a better position for entering the DC space.

Strong markets are still an opening for one of SEI’s business units. Steve Meyer, head of global wealth management services, announced a win for its mutual fund series trust business to provide services for a global manager with $1 trillion in assets that is establishing a family of mutual funds.

Learn more in the full article, "SEI: Market Volatility Will Boost Our DC Business."

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