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Plan Sponsor Perspectives and Surveys
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DCIIA Publications

DCIIA Retirement Research Center Plan Sponsor Survey
Implementation of Auto Features Continues to Rise as Plans Recognize Benefits
April 2020

DCIIA Fourth Biennial Plan Sponsor Survey
Auto Features Continue to Grow in Popularity
December 2017

DCIIA Plan Sponsor Survey 2014
Focus on Automatic Plan Features
June 2015

Plan Sponsor Survey 2012
Action Needed to Drive Better Participant Outcomes
December 2012

Plan Sponsor Survey
Structuring DC Plan Automatic Features to Pump Up Retirement Savings
March 2011

Member Publications

Callan DC Trends Survey Highlights Plans’ Focus for 2020
January 2020

Defined contribution (DC) plan sponsors continue to make fees a main priority, according to Callan’s 2020 Defined Contribution Trends Survey, but they are also focused on communicating with participants and plan to highlight the topic of financial wellness in 2020.

Trends & Experience in Defined Contribution Plans: Changes in the Retirement Plan Landscape
Fall 2019

Alight highlights three trends that show how DC plans continue to be enhanced, helping workers contribute more money to the plan, invest their balances wisely and use their accounts for retirement income.

How America Saves 2019: The Retirement Savings Behavior of 5 Million Participants
June 2019

Get the latest on DC retirement plan trends in Vanguard’s How America Saves 2019.

2019 DC Pulse: 403(b) Report
April 2019

BlackRock's second report from the 2019 DC Pulse Survey finds that 403(b) and 401(k) plan sponsors and participants continue to diverge in surprising ways.

Defined Contribution Retirement Plan Handbook
June 2019

This handbook by Russell Investments is designed to help you better understand today’s DC market and prevailing best practices as you build a plan to help meet participants’ retirement income needs within the context of meeting your fiduciary obligations.

2019 DC Pulse Survey
April 2019

BlackRock's 2019 DC Pulse Survey offers key takeaways for plan design, investments and in-plan retirement income options–and reveals the link between retirement planning and current well-being.

Advancing the Way We Think About Perceptions of Risk and Achieving Outcomes
July 2018

T. Rowe Price surveyed DC plan sponsors to provide a new perspective on connecting long term objectives, perceptions of various risk factors, and decision making on the QDIA.

2018 Defined Contribution Trends Survey
January 2018

Callan's 11th Annual DC Trends Survey highlights plan sponsors' key themes from 2017 and expectations for 2018. Authored by Lori Lucas, CFA, Jamie McAllister, and Thomas Szkwarla.

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