BMO Global Asset Management’s DC Conversations: An industry assessment helps financial advisors and retirement plan sponsors have better conversations about the industry trends and behaviors impacting their defined contribution retirement plans. With a comprehensive array of reusable charts and graphs, this guide is designed to assist plan sponsors in evaluating their retirement plan programs against a variety of industry benchmarks.
In today’s rapidly-changing environment, plan sponsors and participants can play an active role in producing better retirement outcomes through the implementation of “automatic” features including auto-enrollment and auto-escalation, optimized plan design, investment monitoring and plan benchmarking. The surveys summarized in this assessment provide current and historical trends in employee benefits. A few highlights of the data compiled include:
- The percentage of participants deferring below 4% is nearly unchanged at 31%
- An automatic enrollment feature is utilized in 52% of plans, a 4% increase in one year.
- Use of Lifecycle/Target Date as a default investment vehicle increased 4% in 2014.
We hope this annual publication will help you have better conversations with your clients and prospects around plan design, administration and potential plan changes. As you discuss automatic enrollment features (page 13), investment options (page 35) or other plan features, use the content in this publication to guide your discussions and achieve better outcomes for plan participants and sponsors alike.
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