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Design Your Plan

 
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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.

Jim Danaher

Jim Danaher

Managing Director
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Jim Danaher

Jim Danaher

Managing Director
 

Jim Danaher is a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Defined Contribution Solutions at Northern Trust in Chicago. His primary responsibilities include directing the structure, implementation and maintenance of investment products for defined contribution plans. This includes managing research to identify new investment products, enhancing existing offerings, including target retirement date investments, and developing new distribution strategies to the marketplace.

He serves as a conduit between investment teams that include portfolio management and investment strategy, and Northern Trust’s distribution groups. He is a member of the Northern Trust Defined Contribution Investment Policy Committee, which oversees the management of the Northern Trust Focus Funds, Northern Trust's flagship target retirement date series. He guides Northern Trust’s ongoing defined contribution research series, the Path Forward, and continually authors research on defined contribution plans for Northern Trust's Asset Management publication, Point of View.

Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2008, Jim was an investment advisor with Aon Investment Consulting. His primary responsibilities included the sales and support of investment policy development, fund evaluation and management searches, and investment education strategies for qualified retirement plans.

He has more than 20 years of experience in providing guidance to plan sponsors for their defined contribution programs. He has testified before the ERISA Advisory Council’s Working Group on Financial Literacy of Plan Participants and the Role of the Employer. He has worked with several large employers in the financial services, hospitality and telecommunications industries. His largest client engagement to-date involved a defined contribution program with more than 200,000 participants. Jim attended St. Louis University and has attained his FINRA Series 6 and 63 registrations. He is a member of the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association.

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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.
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DCIIA Auto Features Resource Center

Explore how auto features can help improve participant retirement outcomes.
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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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