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Learn about asset management solutions designed for Retirement Plan Advisors, TAMPs/Outsourcing Providers, Subadvisory Program Sponsors, RIAs/Financial Advisors and Trust Institutions.
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Design Your Plan

The changing retirement landscape from defined benefit to defined contribution plans presents numerous challenges to plan sponsors. This innovative library of articles, papers and video presentations is available to help you more effectively design your DC plan.

The Path Forward Series
Ongoing research to help DC plan sponsors implement best-in-class answers to the complex challenges they face.

Path Forward 1The Path Forward I: Designing the Ideal Contribution Plan
This study provides a look at how plan sponsors would design a DC plan if unshackled from existing rules, regulations, structures and history. 

Watch these five minute presentations that accompany the paper, "The Path Forward I: Designing the Ideal DC Plan."

View Chapter 1: Designing the Ideal Defined Contribution Plan
View Chapter 2: DC Industry Survey Results
View Chapter 3: What Does the Ideal DC Plan Look Like?
View Chapter 4: Implementing the Ideal DC Plan

The Next Priority for DC Plans
Learn why a noted U.S. researcher advocates shifting plan sponsor focus to asset distribution rather than wealth accumulation.

DC Plans Retirement Income Strategies
A recent survey on retirement income strategies reveals that plan sponsors don't believe their DC plans are adequately structured to address plan participants' "decumulation of wealth" in retirement.


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.


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.

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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