With worries over fiduciary responsibilities, stable-value funds — which offer steady and predictable returns consistent with a conservative principal protection vehicle — can be a solid retirement plan option for certain segments of a workforce, according to experts who spoke at this week’s 401(k) Summit sponsored by the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries.

Most stable-value investments — accounting for 13% of all defined contribution plan assets — generally are a good match for risk averse near-retirees, who want a core portfolio with an attractive return or other employees seeking an alternative to money market funds and short-term bond funds.

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