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Why are Employees Not Participating in Their 401ks?

To better understand the reasons behind low participation, the Principal Group surveyed people eligible for their workplace retirement plans but currently not contributing. This is an 11-page report on their findings.

Source: Principal.com, May 2024

In Defense of the 401k Plan

Do 401k plans deserve a failing grade? An objective answer would be no because the critics haven't adequately addressed relatively recent developments that, if given a chance to take hold, could substantially improve the existing private employer system. This could be done without creating a new bureaucracy or requiring the federal government to start funding 401k plans. This article reviews some relatively recent developments that could make 401k plans more accessible and easier for employers to run and employees to navigate.

Source: Cohenbuckmann.com, May 2024

401k Account Balances Reach Record Levels

Account balances rose to their highest levels since the fourth quarter of 2021, thanks to record-high contribution levels and positive market conditions, reports a new retirement analysis out today by Fidelity Investments. For 401k accounts, balances increased 6% from Q4 2024, to achieve $125,900. IRAs saw a 10% rise and totaled $127,745 in Q1, while 403b accounts moved up 7% for a total of $113,000.

Source: 401kspecialistmag.com, May 2024

Employees Falling Short of Retirement Objectives

Most employees are not on track to meet their retirement goals, motivating them to improve their understanding of retirement readiness, fundamental investment strategies, and other financial wellness topics, according to Qualified Plan Advisors' second annual Financial Wellness Report. The statistics align with much of the retirement industry's recent push to provide financial wellness programs and resources to employees alongside 401ks and other savings programs.

Source: Planadviser.com, May 2024

Is Your DC Plan Retirement Ready? Helping Participants Get to and Through Retirement

In this 18-page whitepaper, the Groom Law Group covers defined contribution plan design and lifetime income options for fiduciaries. It examines the shift in retirement income, types of lifetime income options, the basics of being a fiduciary, tips for fiduciaries on how to mitigate risks, and more.

Source: Groom.com, May 2024

401k Managed Account Investors More Confident in Retirement Investment Strategy Than Non-Advice Users

As the retirement industry continues its transition away from the defined benefit system, the onus is increasingly placed on individual plan participants to educate themselves and implement an appropriate retirement investment and income strategy. Cerulli finds that many plan participants are not equipped to handle this responsibility on their own; only 16% of non-advice users reported feeling very confident in their retirement investment strategy. By comparison, 47% of DC-managed account program users reported feeling very confident in their strategy.

Source: Cerulli.com, May 2024

White-Black 401k Gap Widens for the Old and the Rich

The stark difference in Black and White workers' wealth is old news. But now we have some fresh information about the wealth gap: it grows as people age and move through their retirement years. The most striking deterioration in Blacks' relative standing can be seen in non-housing wealth. This mainly consists of 401k-style plans and savings and investment accounts and does not include the wealth inherent in retirees' Social Security or employer pensions.

Source: Bc.edu, May 2024

Retirement Planning: Does It Make Sense to Plan to Age 95?

A new report provides an interesting take on whether it makes sense for retirees and near-retirees to base their retirement planning on the industry-wide assumption that they will live to age 95. Instead of simply using age as a factor in determining how much to save and spend for purposes of retirement planning, the report by HealthView Services examines the financial impact for clients planning to age 95 versus beginning the discussion using actuarial longevity based on health conditions.

Source: Asppa.org, May 2024

Small Businesses are Growing, but Will That Translate to More 401ks?

May is National Small Business Month, and small businesses seem to be faring pretty well both in terms of growth and hiring, according to recent reports. The strength of small businesses, combined with state mandates and federal incentives, should in turn help with increasing workplace retirement plan coverage.

Source: Planadviser.com, May 2024

AT&T Fee Lawsuit Could Reach Supreme Court Next Year

AT&T was initially sued in 2017 for a breach of fiduciary duty when it amended contracts to add brokerage and investment advisory services offered by Fidelity Investments for their participants in 2012 and 2014, respectively. The plaintiffs alleged that AT&T did not evaluate or disclose the compensation paid to Fidelity when it added these services. The complaint added that the fees were a prohibited transaction, did not comply with the terms of any exemption, and that the plan sponsor had not followed a prudent process.

Source: Planadviser.com, May 2024

How Many Retirees Are Actually "Living a Nightmare"?

A recent headline fans the flame of retirement panic but just take a look at the actual data. The source of the data was Schroders' 2024 U.S. Retirement Survey, which did find some retirees characterizing their existence that way, in this case, "some" was 4%. That's right, just 4%, which, coincidentally enough happened to match the number that said they were "living the dream".

Source: Napa-net.org, May 2024

How AI Is Impacting DC Plan Members' Financial Decisions

While artificial intelligence may one day be able to remove human bias from financial decision-making, that development remains far in the future, said Lisa Kramer, a professor of finance at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, during the keynote session at Benefits Canada's 2024 Defined Contribution Plan Summit in February.

Source: Benefitscanada.com, May 2024

Saver's Match Could Have a Major Impact on 401k Race, Gender Gaps

How will the Saver's Match contained in SECURE 2.0 affect race/gender disparities in 401k balances? It's a question tackled in the latest analysis from the Collaborative for Equitable Retirement Savings, comprised of three high-profile retirement plan research organizations. It found that the Saver's Match "would help close the racial wealth gap in 401k plans, particularly for Black females while providing benefits to workers across all races."

Source: Asppa.org, May 2024

Plan Sponsors Focused on Reining in Fees: Callan

Reviewing plan fees continues to be a top priority of defined contribution plan sponsors, according to Callan’s recently released 2024 Defined Contribution (DC) Trends Survey. The survey found top areas of focus for DC plan sponsors include plan governance and process, investment management fees, and administration fees. Fiduciary initiatives in 2023 centered on reviewing plan fees, the investment policy statement, and the investment structure. Things the survey found will also be top areas of focus in 2024, with reviewing plan fees as the highest priority (74%).

Source: 401kspecialistmag.com, April 2024

One-Third of American Workers Have Zero Retirement Savings

Americans workers are not in the position to retire anytime soon, finds a new Q2 report by Schroders. The "DC Lens Q2 2024" report underlines some bleak updates to the state of participants' retirement readiness. According to the analysis, 28% of people have zero savings for their retirement, 39% are not contributing to a retirement fund, and 30% don't see a future where they can retire.

Source: 401kspecialistmag.com, April 2024

Nine Key Findings from EBRI's 2024 Retirement Confidence Survey

Workers' and retirees' confidence has not yet fully recovered from the significant drop seen in 2023, but majorities remain optimistic about their retirement prospects and the lifestyle they envisioned, according to the 34th annual Retirement Confidence Survey, published by the Employee Benefit Research Institute and Greenwald Research. Here are some of the key findings from the survey of 2,521 Americans.

Source: 401kspecialistmag.com, April 2024

Understanding the Drivers of Retirement Confidence

Dynata, an independent third-party research provider, conducted a study among 1,000 DC plan participants in the US on behalf of MFS. In this article, MFS shares the responses from the participants in three sections: market event impacts, retirement confidence, and the power of quality advice.

Source: Plansponsor.com, April 2024

Advanced Recordkeeping Technology Allows for More Personalization in TDFs

While target-date funds have become commercially successful and are often the default investment vehicle in retirement plans, they have also received flack for not being sufficiently well diversified and that a glidepath with declining equity allocations over time is not optimal for all participants. However, according to a recent paper by T. Rowe Price in The Journal of Portfolio Management, as recordkeeping technology continues to evolve, there is increasingly more opportunity for target-date funds to become more personalized, down to the participant level.

Source: Plansponsor.com, April 2024

Is a New Age on the Horizon for 401k Participants?

The average retiree faces numerous unknowns, a slew of psychological obstacles to maneuver, and, on top of all that, math. And, as current savings and spending patterns show, retirees need help making these monumental decisions. BlackRock's Larry Fink is optimistic that the firm's newly launched BlackRock LifePath Paycheck target-date series, which includes an annuity as part of the glide path, can be the solution retirees are looking for. This Morningstar article explores how we got here with a brief, and imperfect, history of retirement-income solutions.

Source: Morningstar.com, April 2024

Report Reveals 403b Plan Sponsors Support Retirement Saving and Investing

Employers' commitment to their 403b plan participants is evident in a new report just released by the ICI. Analyzing the plan year 2020 data for large 403b plans filing Form 5500 under the ERISA, the report finds that nearly one-third of large ERISA 403b plan participants were in plans that put their employees on the path to retirement saving with automatic enrollment.

Source: Ici.org, April 2024

Why Do Some Small Businesses Offer Retirement Plans?

Numerous studies have shown that offering a retirement plan is closely related to firm size; firms with fewer than 100 employees are much less likely to offer a plan than larger firms. As a result, observers tend to dismiss small firms as a source of future growth in coverage. However, a meaningful share of small businesses do offer retirement plans. The purpose of this study is to identify the characteristics of sponsoring firms and their employees to determine which small businesses may be more likely to offer a retirement plan in the future.

Source: Bofa.com, April 2024

For Most Near-retirees, Leaving the Workforce at 65 Is a Lost Cause

The retirement landscape in the US is shifting dramatically as a significant portion of the population approaches the traditional retirement age of 65, a goal many say is increasingly out of reach, according to a new survey by Nationwide. The findings of the survey, which drew responses from around 500 advisors and roughly 2,400 investors, reflect a trend of financial insecurity and the fact that many workers must now work beyond the traditional retirement age of 65.

Source: Investmentnews.com, April 2024

Participants Prefer SECURE 2.0 PLESA Benefit Over Withdrawal Feature

A new survey by Commonwealth analyzes the impacts of SECURE 2.0 legislation on low to moderate-income employees. Commonwealth worked with five focus groups, for a total of 20 participants, to assess interest and requests for emergency expense provisions under SECURE 2.0. Under SECURE 2.0, employers can implement a PLESA feature that would allow employees to make post-tax contributions towards a rainy-day fund, which can be used during financial hardships.

Source: 401kspecialistmag.com, April 2024

401k Benefits Undervalued by Employers

Rather than turning to unlimited PTO policies or features dedicated to employee communications, a report by Guideline urges plan sponsors to look deeper within the workplace plans, and potentially the 401k. Their survey found that while employers and employees both agree that retirement benefits are valuable, some companies underestimate their value in attracting and recruiting employees.

Source: 401kspecialistmag.com, April 2024

New Wave of Annuities in TDFs: "It's Complicated"

A new wave of target-date funds featuring annuities is here, and the question of whether this combination has the potential to be the "easy button" for retirement income is explored in new research from Morningstar.

Source: 401kspecialistmag.com, April 2024

Nearly 2 in 3 Americans Worry More About Running Out of Money Than Death

Nearly two in three Americans say they worry more about running out of money than death with concerns about inflation, Social Security, and taxes contributing to the fear, according to the 2024 Annual Retirement Study from Allianz Life. The worry of running out of money has increased in recent years. In 2024, 63% say they worry more about running out of money than death, up from 57% in 2022. Gen Xers are the most likely to say this with 71% more worried about running out of money than death, compared to 64% of millennials and 53% of boomers.

Source: Allianzlife.com, April 2024

401k Balances Rise 14% in 2023, but Participation Rate Falls

Average 401k account balances at plans recordkept by T.Rowe Price increased by 14% over the past year to $115,000, according to the Baltimore-based company's annual benchmarking report on 401k plan design and participant behavior.

Source: 401kspecialistmag.com, April 2024

Americans Believe They Will Need $1.46 Million to Retire Comfortably According: Study

Americans' "magic number" for retirement is surging to an all-time high, rising much faster than the rate of inflation while swelling more than 50% since the onset of the pandemic. These are the latest top-level findings from Northwestern Mutual's 2024 Planning & Progress Study, the company's proprietary research series that explores Americans' attitudes, behaviors, and perspectives across a broad set of issues impacting their long-term financial security.

Source: Prnewswire.com, April 2024

Majority of Plan Sponsors Concerned Future Retirees Will Run Out of Money in Retirement

In 2024, more Americans are reaching the traditional retirement age of 65 in the same year than at any time in history, creating more than 4 million potential new retirees this year alone. While the U.S. faces this significant milestone, findings from a recent MetLife poll show a vast majority (91%) of plan sponsors are concerned that their future retirees will run out of money in retirement. When asked about what percentage of future retirees will run out of money in retirement, 83% of plan sponsors believe more than 1 in 4 retirees will deplete their retirement savings prematurely.

Source: Metlife.com, March 2024

ESG in 401k Plans in the Wake of Spence v. American Airlines, Inc.

Whether investment decisions for pension, 401k, and other plans covered by ERISA should be influenced by environmental, social, and governance factors has become a flashpoint, and, unlike most ERISA issues, the controversy extends into the political arena. The recent opinion of a federal district court denying a motion to dismiss claims that ESG factors were improperly applied for 401k plan investments shows that ESG can bring risk to fiduciaries, even if they are not pursuing ESG strategies.

Source: Ktslaw.com, March 2024

Action Steps an Employer Can Take to Support Gen Z in Saving

Generation Z is looking ahead and shows a healthy regard and respect for their financial future, long-term. Studies show that they have a strong interest in financial literacy, saving, and employer-provided retirement benefits. Members of Gen Z also expect to spend 30 years in retirement, according to the Transamerica Institute. At the same time, Transamerica also says that a majority -- 57% -- of the members of Gen Z they studied agree that they need to save more for retirement. So what should employers do with that information?

Source: Ntsa-net.org, March 2024

Small Business Retirement Plans: How Firms Perceive Benefits and Costs

At any given time, only about half of U.S. private sector workers are covered by an employer-sponsored retirement plan, and few workers save without one. The coverage gap, which undermines the retirement security of the nation's workers, is driven by a lack of coverage among small employers. This article presents the results of a new survey of small employers to understand why some offer retirement plans and others do not.

Source: Bc.edu, March 2024

Help Employees Guard Retirement Savings Against Market Volatility

A recent survey revealed that 86% of employees feel increasingly stressed about their finances and nearly 50% worry about not having enough saved for retirement. Workers who frequently fret about covering unexpected car or home repairs, paying off student loans or credit card debt, or saving for retirement may have their financial worries compounded by the market's current volatility. Employers can play an important role in alleviating some of that financial stress by adopting investment strategies for the organization's retirement plan and helping employees reduce the impact of market volatility on their retirement savings.

Source: Usicg.com, March 2024

Core Menus Need to Evolve

The role of the core investment menu in defined contribution plans has changed considerably over the last decade, as qualified default investment alternatives, particularly target-date funds, now capture more plan sponsor attention and participant assets than ever. This evolution requires plan sponsors and consultants to revisit key assumptions about optimal core menu design, especially as plan sponsors increasingly seek to retain participant assets during retirement, since older participants are more likely to use the core menu and invest conservatively.

Source: Planadviser.com, March 2024

How Men and Women Invest Differently, and What We Can Learn From Each Other

Studies have shown that men and women have different approaches to investing money that can impact their long-term results. This 14-page paper looks at what those differences are, how they affect a portfolio, and what investors can do to gain balance in their investment style and strategy.

Source: Arnerichmassena.com, March 2024

Millennials Redefine Retirement as "Financial Independence"

Millennials are "redefining" what retirement means, according to a new survey conducted by IRALogix. More than half believe retirement is defined not by age 65 but by "financial independence." While some Millennials said ceasing all work by age 65 is a goal they are highly focused on working toward, many said they view retirement not necessarily as a complete exit from the workforce, but rather as a "time of greater flexibility in their lives."

Source: Planadviser.com, March 2024

An Easy Read on the Past and Future of 401k Plan Litigation

There is a story in Plan Adviser on the past and future of ERISA litigation over 401k plans. It's a fun and short read, neither of which is normally true of articles on this subject. That's a little tongue-in-cheek, but that phenomenon is nobody's fault. At its core, the article presents the question of whether the long and highly contentious history of this area of litigation has actually benefited participants. There are three points from the Plan Adviser article that the author touches on here.

Source: Bostonerisalaw.com, March 2024

Redefining 401k Data Collection for Racial and Gender Groups

A new study released today is shifting the way participant data is collected across the retirement planning industry. The research highlights gender and race-focused defined contribution administrative data typically found in human resource systems, with the hopes of combining it with qualitative research to better assess wellness platforms and tools for employers and participants. According to the research, data on nonwhite households remains relatively small with limited information on contributions, loans, and withdrawal and asset allocation activity.

Source: 401kspecialistmag.com, March 2024

401k World: The Litigators

The era of plan litigation began, from the plaintiffs' view, seeking to protect workers from retirement plan negligence. From the position of many plan fiduciaries and their defense attorneys, the trend has spurred a host of copy-cat complaints aiming to wring settlements from large plan sponsors and providers. Whichever side is more accurate at any given moment -- or if it's some combination of both -- one thing is certain: DC litigation remains relatively robust. This PLANADVISER In-Depth story considers 401k litigation's present and future.

Source: Planadviser.com, March 2024

Americans Want Retirement Investment Advice to Be in Their Best Interest: Survey

A new survey commissioned by the CFP Board reveals that nearly 97% of Americans agree that the financial professional who provides one-time recommendations or other one-time advice about retirement investments should be required to act in their client's best interest. This includes a recommendation to roll over funds from a workplace retirement savings program into an IRA or an annuity.

Source: Prnewswire.com, March 2024

Beware of the Dark Side of the 401k Business

Like Gotham in the Batman comics, there is an ugly underbelly to New York City. The same can be said of the retirement plan business, there is a dark side and this article will highlight some of the bad in the business that you should avoid if you are a plan sponsor.

Source: Jdsupra.com, March 2024

Demand for Increased Personalization Could Come from Younger 401k Participants

The momentum behind personalized retirement outcomes may come from younger generations. According to Cerulli, younger 401k participants have a greater willingness to share personal data regarding health and balance sheet information. Asset managers and recordkeepers should pay closer attention to younger 401k participants and engage them by offering more personalized solutions.

Source: Cerulli.com, March 2024

Retirement Savers Ended 2023 on a Positive Note

Even with other ongoing financial struggles, retirement savers ended the year on a positive note with improved market conditions and consistent contributions helping boost average account balances to their highest level in nearly two years. The good news comes from Fidelity's Q4 2023 analysis, which is based on the savings behaviors and account balances for more than 45 million IRA, 401k, and 403b retirement accounts on the firm's platform.

Source: Ntsa-net.org, March 2024

Younger 401k Participants Seek Personalization Features

Younger participants enrolled in employer-sponsored retirement plans share a greater desire for personalization, finds new research from Cerulli Associates. According to the findings, Generation Z was the most willing out of all other generations to share personal information, such as retirement savings/account balances (51%), nonretirement savings/account balances (37%), and expected retirement age (66%). Forty-five percent of Gen Z respondents added that they are "very comfortable" sharing their current and/or projected spending with 401k providers.

Source: 401kspecialistmag.com, March 2024

Saving for Retirement Can Mean Adding Some Debt Too

In today's world, workers need to save if they want to be comfortable in retirement. But there are also limits to what many people can afford. A new study finds that when U.K. workers were automatically enrolled and started contributing to a retirement savings plan, their household debt -- credit cards, bank overdrafts, and other unsecured loans -- increased. For every 32 to 38 pounds (or $40-48) in combined monthly contributions by the employer and employee, their debt rose by just over 7 pounds (about $9).

Source: Bc.edu, March 2024

A Return to Retirement Income Plans?

Alaska debates reopening its defined benefit retirement plan to new public employees. The United Auto Workers and automakers negotiated a significant increase to individual retirement plan accounts. IBM announces a transition from matching 401k contributions to a hybrid-defined benefit plan design. These are some of the headline-making recent events that counter the narrative that the defined benefit retirement plan is dead. What is causing this shift and what lessons can stakeholders in other retirement programs learn? First and foremost, it's all about meaningful retirement income and lifetime financial security.

Source: Segalco.com, March 2024

401k World: DCIO Managers Adjust to Fee Pressures

Defined contribution investment-only asset managers have played a vital role in the retirement plan ecosystem as it has evolved. However, these fund managers have also faced myriad business challenges in recent years. Continued fee pressure and an uptick in shopping for the right funds have plan sponsors increasingly embracing collective investment trusts and passive strategies, pushing out the once DCIO-dominant actively managed mutual fund. The fourth story in this PLANADVISER In-Depth series considers how the rise of CITs and passive options has changed retirement investing.

Source: Planadviser.com, March 2024

"Exploding Market" for 401ks May Help Shrink Coverage Gap

According to research released Tuesday by payroll and small workplace plan retirement provider Paychex Inc., less than half (37.6%) of U.S. employers offer a retirement plan. While those numbers are dispiriting for many, some in the retirement industry see an opportunity to close that gap, particularly with relatively new opportunities stemming from provisions in the SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022, state mandates, pooled employer plans, and advancements in technology that can help advisers sign up more clients with small businesses.

Source: Planadviser.com, March 2024

The 2024 Game Plan for In-Plan Annuities

The long road to winning over plan sponsors and participants has been an uphill one filled with roadblocks that have kept most players on the sideline to date. With a lot of hard work and lessons learned, components for a successful annuities-within-401k plans game plan now appear to be in place. Will 2024 finally be the year in-plan annuities turn the corner and win over the workplace retirement plan market?

Source: Qualifiedplanadvisors.com, February 2024

More Than Half of U.S. Workers Are Unaware of the IRS Tax Credit for Eligible Retirement Savers

Fifty-three percent of U.S. workers are unaware of a tax credit that may help them save for retirement and lower their tax bill, according to survey findings from the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies. The Saver's Credit, also referred to as the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit by the IRS, is available to millions of taxpayers who are saving for retirement.

Source: Prnewswire.com, February 2024

The National Retirement Risk Index: An Update From the 2022 SCF

The release of the Federal Reserve's 2022 Survey of Consumer Finances offers an opportunity to reassess Americans' retirement preparedness as measured by the National Retirement Risk Index. The NRRI estimates the share of American households that are at risk of being unable to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living in retirement.

Source: Bc.edu, February 2024

Three Themes Shaping the U.S. Retirement Landscape

Looking into 2024, retirement income, personalization, and diversification will be the key themes for DC plan sponsors and their consultants and advisors. This 2024 U.S. Retirement Market Outlook explores why it is expected that these topics will shape the retirement landscape in the coming years and outlines the underlying factors that are creating both challenges and opportunities for the retirement industry. The paper also provides action items or next steps for plan sponsors, consultants, and advisors.

Source: Troweprice.com, February 2024

Four Phases of Retirement. The Third One Is Not Much Fun

If you're not preparing emotionally and socially -- and many boomers aren't -- retirement will be a bumpy ride. Riley Moynes, a writer and public speaker, issues this warning in the video here. But he also offers sound advice on how to smooth things out. The advice is dispensed in his descriptions of the four phases of retirement: vacation, loss, experimentation, and the reward. He arrived at these phases after interviewing dozens of retirees.

Source: Bc.edu, February 2024

Nearly Three Quarters of Higher Ed Institutions List Retirement Readiness as Top Concern

A new study on retirement plans in higher education institutions likens the past year's challenges to those during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights how continuing economic fallouts have marred retirement planning for participants. According to Transamerica's latest Pulse survey, 71% of institutions say retirement preparedness is one of their top concerns, yet 86% cite the cost of living and inflation as their leading worry.

Source: 401kspecialistmag.com, February 2024

Driving Better Insights and Outcomes -- Securely -- With Artificial Intelligence

Many recordkeepers are embracing artificial intelligence to deliver a personalized participant experience necessary to support a comprehensive retirement strategy for workers nationwide. Are you able to take advantage? While this technology is intended to provide valuable insights and optimize retirement preparedness, it also introduces fundamental concerns for plan sponsors.

Source: Napa-net.org, February 2024

401k Managed Account Users Out-Saving TDF Participants

Retirement plan participants utilizing managed accounts are out-saving non-users and participants utilizing a single target date fund, according to data from Edelman Financial Engines. During the past decade, the savings rates of EFE managed account users have consistently averaged higher than non-users.

Source: 401kspecialistmag.com, February 2024

Employees See 401k Plans as Prerequisite Instead of Perk

Access to workplace retirement plans is no longer considered a job perk to employees, but a necessity instead. A new study released today by Vestwell, which surveyed 1,200 employees nationwide on savings habits, evolving benefits, and challenges, finds that 85% of respondents expect their employer to offer retirement benefits, up from 72% last year. Additionally, 89% of survey respondents say they would be more likely to continue working for an employer that offers a retirement benefit.

Source: 401kspecialistmag.com, February 2024

Advisors and Participants Don't Agree on Retirement Readiness

While plan participants think they're ready for retirement, their advisors aren't so sure. A new Allspring Global Investments' retirement survey finds a disconnect between both parties, noting that 64% of retirees and near-retirees believe they are ready for retirement, while only 40% of advisors say their clients are. This divide is even greater when it comes to retirement themes.

Source: 401kspecialistmag.com, February 2024

How Sponsors Can Get the Most Out of DC Plan Design Changes

Building the optimal defined contribution plan design to support participant retirement readiness requires integrating flexible options to account for the consistent income stream workers will lose in retirement. Guaranteed lifetime income features -- annuity products -- are useful to sponsors, but retirement experts recommend that sponsors instead focus on Social Security optimization, automatic features, and other high-value and low-cost features to alter plan designs before moving on to annuities.

Source: Plansponsor.com, February 2024

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