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Retirement Discoveries


Current insights focused on improving retirement outcomes, covering everything from investor behavior to latest innovations in asset allocation.


Industry Trends and Insights


Building a DC Plan for Tomorrow’s Participants
Hear our experts discuss the differences between current workers and retirees and how you can help the next generation on their journey to retirement.

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4 Trends Reshaping Defined Contribution Plans
We analyzed our top 25 defined contribution plans, representing $225 billion in assets, and identified 4 key trends reshaping the DC landscape. Learn how these plans are on the leading edge of the trends, using menus to drive retirement outcomes for their participants.

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The Missing Piece in DC Plans: ESG Options

Our experts explore how DC plans are adopting ESG investment strategies and what that means for participants.


Asset Allocation


What’s the Funding Status of your DC Plan?

Learn how using a liability-based framework can help to more meaningfully assess the suitability and performance of your target date funds.


Glidepath Innovation To Drive Better Participant Outcomes

Learn how we  incorporate the impact of human capital on asset allocation and integrate behavioral considerations into our glidepath construction.

Participant Behavior


How to Vet a Target Date Fund

What is your process to review your target date fund? In this paper, we discuss some of the key considerations in selecting and monitoring the right target date fund to align with your plan demographics and objectives.

Picking the Brain of a Nobel Prize Winner

Human traits have a particular grip on individuals’ savings and investing decisions.
The Nobel Memorial Prize winner offers useful tips and the best practices to put them into action.

A Horse Race among Traditional, Roth, HSA, and 529 Plans

Where would you put $100 in savings? Take a deeper look at the advantages of different investment options.


Impacts of Rothification

A forced switch from traditional DC accounts to Roth accounts could undermine workers' efforts toward retirement readiness.


Making a Case for Factor-Based Investing in Target Date Funds

The latest piece from our behavioral expert uses live case studies to examine the impact on retirement outcomes when using factor-based investing in open-architecture defined contribution plans.

$10,000 Hurdle

Learn why the $10,000 threshold in retirement savings is critical in securing better retirement outcomes for participants.

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How Investors Behave

Get insights into how plan participants react to the ups and downs in the market and how this can aid in determining your investment menu selection.

How Much Retirement Savings is Enough?

Explore our holistic retirement framework which estimates target savings and replacement rates for a number of worker situations.

DC Survey Archive


6th Edition: DC Plans Can Achieve More

Our survey of plan participants, plan sponsors and industry experts reveals key lessons and actions plan sponsors can take to help improve participant retirement outcomes.

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5th Edition: DC Participants Want More

We surveyed plan sponsors, consultants and participants about three inter-related problems: Chronic under-saving | Inadequate formal planning & goal-setting | Ineffective transition to retirement. What they said may surprise you.

News and Events

Webinar Replay: The Missing Piece in DC Plans: ESG Options
Our experts explore how DC plans are adopting ESG investment strategies and what that means for participants.
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