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Defined Contribution Solutions

 
As defined contribution (DC) plans increasingly become the primary workplace retirement vehicle, plan sponsors face unprecedented challenges. Northern Trust can create a tailored suite of services to support your role as a plan sponsor in providing participants with a thoughtful array of investment strategies designed to help meet their goals at retirement.
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Rethinking Diversification in DC Plans

The addition of extended asset classes, such as U.S. TIPS, commodities, and global real estate can offer diversification benefits as well as a hedge against inflation. 

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Importing Winning DB Strategies into DC Plans

Learn how principles employed by DB plans and institutional investors can help drive better participant outcomes in DC plans.

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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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Engaging Younger Employees

Review recommendations on how to encourage improved participation among workers under the age of 35.


Path Forward 2011: Engaging the Younger Employee

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Chapter 1: Overview
Chapter 2: Near-Term Actions
 
Chapter 3: Medium-Term Actions
Chapter 4: Long-Term Actions