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Manager Selection - The Importance of Qualitative Analysis


Communication technology has made it possible for more people to receive more information from more sources faster than any time in history. While more information may lead to better decisions, faster information does not necessarily justify making faster decisions.

Specifically, many studies show that a pursuit of the "hot fund" frequently results in below-average performance and above-average product turnover. Making appropriate decisions about investments depends on both the quality of information gathered and the thorough manner in which it is analyzed. Because plan sponsors and their investment advisers have fiduciary obligations, Principal Financial Advisors, Inc. has outlined considerations to use when making a qualitative analysis of defined benefit investment options.[1]

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