Flexibility and creativity are the keys to success 

This past decade has been one of great progress and growth for the defined contribution (DC) marketplace.

Alongside rising asset levels, the industry’s self-awareness has risen to help drive developments targeted at bolstering an environment not only beneficial to plan sponsors, but with a greater focus on participant interests as well. DC assets have more than doubled from $3.4 trillion to $7.0 trillion at year-end 2016 — accounting for 28% of the overall retirement market. 

Auto-features, allocation models, broader exposure to esoteric asset classes, and values-driven investing have all affected the way that DC plans are currently constructed, and we expect that trend to continue over the next decade.

DC assets have more than doubled...at year-end 2016 — accounting for 28% of the overall retirement market.

To that end, highlights of this brief include:

  • The evolution of target date funds 
  • A place for alternatives and ETFs
  • Pricing for a new age
  • Retirement income


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