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Design Your Plan


How you design and structure your DC plan can have a significant impact on your participants’ outcomes. For example, a streamlined investment menu can help participants in their decision making as they invest for retirement.

Your actions: Their outcomes.

Here are several key DC plan design features that you can include as part of your DC plan design to help improve participant outcomes.

2015 Key Considerations: Linking Plan  Objectives to Participant Outcomes
Discover action steps to enhance DC plan design  moving participants toward brighter retirement  futures.

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Participant Behavior in DC Plans

Learn why plan sponsors should consider individuals' savings and investment patterns with a plan designed to help participants achieve successful outcomes at retirement.

DCIIA Auto Features Resource Center

Explore how auto features can help improve participant retirement outcomes.

Retirement Income Vehicles

Northern Trust's Susan Czochara speaks with Dr. Jeffrey Brown, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, about retirement income vehicles and how they may be incorporated in DC plans.

Listen: Chapter 1 (11:05)
Listen: Chapter 2 (11:00)

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