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Take The Path Forward

The Ideal DC Plan May Be Closer Than You Think

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In our fourth installment of the Path Forward, we surveyed 1,000 DC participants about their employer-sponsored plans. What they said is telling – how you respond matters.



Importing Winning DB Strategies into DC Plans

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In our third installment of the Path Forward, explore how principles employed by DB plans and institutional investors can help drive better participant outcomes in DC plans.



Engaging Younger Employees


In our second installment of the Path Forward, we recommend how to encourage improved participation among works under the age of 35.

Path Forward 2011: Engaging the Younger Employee

View the following videos:

Chapter 1: Overview
Chapter 2: Near-Term Actions

Chapter 3: Medium-Term Actions
Chapter 4: Long-Term Actions

Path Forward Action Plan Series

Path Forward Extend the Benefit

Extend the Benefit

Help your participants appreciate the value their 401(K) plan provides.

Path Forward Commit to Retirement

Commit to Retirement

Learn how to drive better outcomes through changes to your plan's loan policy.

Path Forward Re-enroll Repeat

Re-enroll. Repeat.

Review key steps to take as you prepare to re-enroll your participants to target date funds.


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Jim Danaher

Jim Danaher

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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.


Designing the Ideal Defined Contribution Plan

In our inaugural installment of the Path Forward, we consider how plan sponsors can design an ideal DC plan for the future. 

Path Forward 2010: Designing the Ideal DC Plan

View the following videos:

Defining the Ideal DC Plan
DC Industry Survey Results 
What Does the Ideal DC Plan Look Like?
Implementing the Ideal DC Plan