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David Blanchett: If You're Retiring Now, You're in a Pretty Rough Spot

Morningstar's lead retirement researcher on retiree spending patterns, asset allocation, and mitigating the risks in a plan.

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Our guest this week is David Blanchett, head of retirement research for Morningstar Investment Management. In his role at Morningstar, Blanchett works to enhance the Investment Management group's consulting and investment services and conducts research primarily in the areas of financial planning, tax planning, annuities, and retirement. He's also adjunct professor of wealth management at The American College of Financial Services.

Blanchett's research has been published in a variety of academic and industry journals, such as the Financial Analysts Journal, the Journal of Financial Planning, The Journal of Portfolio Management, The Journal of Retirement, and The Journal of Wealth Management. His research won the Journal of Financial Planning's 2007 Financial Frontiers Award, the Retirement Income Industry Association's 2012 Thought Leadership Award, the Journal of Financial Planning's 2014 and 2015 Montgomery-Warschauer Awards, and the Financial Analysts Journal's 2015 Graham & Dodd Scroll Award.

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David Blanchett's research archive

Quantifying the Value of Advice
Alpha, Beta, and Now ... Gamma

The Value of a Gamma-Efficient Portfolio

Vanguard Advisor's Alpha

Capital Sigma: The Advisor Advantage

Reducing Wealth Volatility: The Value of Financial Advice as Measured by Zeta

Annuities are Likely Coming to Your 401(k). Should You Use Them?

A Safe Harbor for Annuities Could Help Retirement Savers

Save More Today: Improving Retirement Savings Rates With Carrots, Advice, and Nudges

Nudge, by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein

Behavioral Nudges for Goals-Based Financial Planning

You Can't Fix What You Can't Measure, Aron Szapiro on The Long View podcast

I Don't Think the System Needs Nudges. I Think the System Needs Dynamite, William Bernstein on The Long View podcast

Man Bites Dog! Congress Is Writing Retirement Legislation!

Retiree Survey: Nearly All Say They Are Happy Though Many Are Financially Insecure

Estimating the True Cost of Retirement

Exploring the Retirement Consumption Puzzle

75 Must-Know Statistics About Long-Term Care: 2018 Edition

The 4% Rule Is Not Safe in a Low-Yield World

Simple Formulas to Implement Complex Withdrawal Strategies

Reducing Retirement Risk With a Rising Equity Glide-Path

Revisiting the Optimal Distribution Glide Path

Annuitized Income and Optimal Asset Allocation

Should Annuities Be Purchased From Tax-Sheltered Assets?

The Home as a Risky Asset

Careful With That Company Stock

About the Podcast: The Long View is a podcast from Morningstar. Each week, hosts Christine Benz and Jeff Ptak conduct an in-depth discussion with a thought leader from the world of investing or personal finance. The podcast is produced by George Castady and Scott Halver.

About the Hosts: Christine Benz and Jeff Ptak have been analysts and commentators on investments and the investment industry for many years. Christine is Morningstar's director of personal finance and senior columnist for Jeff is head of global manager research for Morningstar Research Services, overseeing Morningstar's team of 120 manager research analysts in the U.S. and overseas.

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