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October 12, 2017

An Overlooked Way Manufacturers Can Address Talent and Innovation Challenges

Mike Domingos, vice president, Corporate Distribution and Strategy with Prudential Retirement, writes: "Almost every manufacturing executive I know says that today’s rapidly changing landscape is putting pressure on their business. Finding and keeping good people, increasing efficiency and speed to market, gaining a competitive advantage through innovation … these are not new concerns, and yet, they feel more challenging than ever. To put some data behind the conversations we’re having, we recently sponsored a survey of over 500 manufacturing executives about their biggest concerns and opportunities."

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August 10, 2017

Providers, call centers strive to educate against hardship withdrawals

It's mid-August--the time of year when participants most often begin taking hardship withdrawals from their defined contribution plans, often to help defray the cost of a child's tuition. Sue Unvarsky, COO of Full Service Solutions at Prudential Retirement, says among the biggest downsides of taking a hardship withdrawal is that it diminishes participants' ability to make the most out of compounding earnings. And participants often find it difficult to to put the amount withdrawn back into their plans. A $50,000 hardship withdrawal could lead to a reduction in up to $100,000 in retirement savings over 12 years (assuming 6 percent returns), Unvarsky said.

August 01, 2017
Real Estate Forum

Women of Influence 2017

In its July/August 2017 issue, Real Estate Forum presented its 2017 roster of Women of Influence, selected from hundreds of nominations across the real estate industry. PGIM Real Estate's Lynn DeCastro was among 50 women chosen who are not only successful in their roles, but serve as an inspiration to people within the industry and their communities. DeCastro, an executive director, has more than three decades of industry experience and established PGIM Real Estate's women's leadership network in 2013. The group has since expanded to include diversity across race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and economic and geographic backgrounds. Over the last 12 months, she has completed more than 36 property dispositions worth $2.2 billion, acting on behalf of PGIM Real Estate's investors. She's also a member of the executive committee and advisory board for the Rutgers Center for Real Estate.

July 22, 2017
Investment News

Retirement planning: Women average longer life spans and lower savings that require creative planning strategies

While both men and women encounter challenges on the road to retirement, women face more obstacles and often follow a circuitous path. Women's average earnings remain about 21% below those of their male counterparts. Lower lifetime earnings translate into reduced Social Security benefits and smaller retirement account balances. Factor in time off for caregiving duties and the result is that women tend to have about 42% less income in retirement then men, according to a new report from Prudential Retirement.

July 19, 2017
Women Executives

Women Executives: C-Suites Insight: David Hunt

PGIM President and CEO David Hunt discussed the need to correctly understand the ‘active-passive’ debate in a recent interview with Ellen Kinlin, CEO of the Kinlin Company, for her Women Executives C-Suite Insights blog. Hunt said, “Our active strategies are designed to work in an investor’s portfolio in such a way that they complement a selection of more easily accessible beta, which we believe also plays a role in many investors’ portfolios. In other words, this is a question of how alpha and beta should work together — and not a question of one or the other.” Hunt also discussed the role of alternatives in a portfolio, along with the need for increased diversity within the investment management industry.