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*Stable value funds are low-risk investment options in participant directed plans that mix capital preservation with return generation. They invest in high-quality, short- and intermediate-duration fixed income securities, and utilize wrap contracts to insulate individual plan participants from market value fluctuations.
*Stable value funds serve as an alternative to more volatile or risky asset classes and are a direct substitute for a money market fund. They typically offer a more attractive yield than money market funds, except during periods when short-term rates are rising rapidly.
*This paper describes how the underlying mix of securities and issuer characteristics have evolved since the financial crisis, and why Callan sees stable value as a healthy and important part of the U.S. retirement plan marketplace.
In this paper, we seek to answer questions defined contribution (DC) plan sponsors and their participants may have about stable value funds, including mechanics, instruments, liquidity, and implementation considerations. We also look at risk and performance, address benchmarking issues, cover recent trends, and provide key takeaways for DC plan sponsors.
Stable value funds are popular with DC plans and 529 college saving investors. According to Callan’s DC Index™, 65% of DC plans offer a stable value fund, and typically 14% of total plan assets are in such funds when offered.
We believe stable value can be an effective investment option for DC plan participants seeking capital preservation.