DCIIA Paper Offers Road Map for Plan Sponsors on Retirement Income Solutions

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A new paper by the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA) offers a useful resource to help plan sponsors understand and evaluate their options to implement retirement income solutions in their defined contribution (DC) plans.

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"DCIIA believes helping DC plan participants improve their financial security in retirement should be a primary goal of DC plans and retirement income strategies can be a key part of achieving this goal,” said Lew Minsky, President and CEO of DCIIA.

A new paper by the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA) offers a useful resource to help plan sponsors understand and evaluate their options to implement retirement income solutions in their defined contribution (DC) plans.

“The catalyst behind preparing this paper is that DCIIA believes helping DC plan participants improve their financial security in retirement should be a primary goal of DC plans and retirement income strategies can be a key part of achieving this goal,” said Lew Minsky, President and CEO of DCIIA.

Fortunately, the financial services industry has produced a variety of retirement income solutions intended to provide participants with a range of options to facilitate the drawdown of assets in retirement, the paper explains. These solutions range from tools that help participants determine how much to save, to in-plan and out-of-plan options that are designed to provide guaranteed or non-guaranteed income streams.

DCIIA’s paper describes many of the tools and withdrawal strategies currently available in the market to support DC plan participants’ income needs as they move toward and live in retirement. It also addresses the fiduciary, operational, administrative and communications implications that retirement income holds for plan sponsors, as well as best practices.

Within a particular company, stakeholders might find one or a combination of compelling factors as it considers retirement income solutions. “Before you go too far down this road, it’s critical to identify the internal and external stakeholders who should be part of the retirement income conversation. Involving stakeholders early, and incorporating their feedback throughout the process, can smooth the path to adopting a retirement income solution,” Minsky advises.    

DCIIA’s paper reviews how plan sponsors have adopted retirement income solutions based on several motivating factors, including supporting employees’ retirement outcomes and transition to retirement, workforce management and retention, as well as meeting other corporate goals.

The paper also profiles plan sponsors that already adopted a variety of retirement income solutions based on their participants’ specific needs, and shows how they implemented solutions appropriate for their organization and participant base.

Access to retirement income products, education, planning tools and advice have the potential to significantly improve participant retirement outcomes. For these reasons, DCIIA believes plan sponsors’ time is well spent considering seriously whether their plan should adopt a retirement income solution.    

Moreover, adopting a retirement income solution may help millions of defined contribution plan participants improve their financial security in retirement—a goal that is well worth the time and effort of evaluating and implementing the appropriate solution for your plan, the paper concludes.

A copy of DCIIA’s paper can be obtained by clicking on the link below.

DCIIA Retirement Income Solutions Paper

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For more information:

Ted Godbout
Director of Communications and Public Relations
Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association
TGodbout(at)dciia(dot)org
703-258-4784

About DCIIA:

The Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA) is a nonprofit association dedicated to enhancing the retirement security of American workers. Toward this end, DCIIA fosters a dialogue among the leaders of the defined contribution community who are passionate about improving defined contribution outcomes. DCIIA members include investment managers, consultants, law firms, record keepers, insurance companies, plan sponsors and others committed to the best interests of plan participants. For more information, visit: http://www.dciia.org.

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