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Small plans are big business.
The 2016 PLANADVISER Practice Benchmarking Survey gives you a guidepost to see how you compare with your peers.
Advisers assess investment managers and recordkeepers
Retirement plan advisers may often find themselves in the role of matchmaker: working with a defined contribution (DC) client to determine which investments and platforms or providers are the best fit. To be in a top position to guide the client, an adviser must keep abreast of the provider community, so as to stay current on what products and services are available to suit each client’s needs.
How advisers can make a difference for plans
Exploring the needs of micro plans
Arguably, retirement plan advisers have a better—or at least
a more comparative—perspective than their plan sponsor clients about the
relative strength of products and services offered by investment and
recordkeeping providers. After all, advisers can—and usually do—work with many
of them concurrently. The 2015 Retirement Plan Adviser Survey, our eighth,
endeavors to gain insight from the adviser community about how providers and
funds are selected, and which are the favorites each year.
PLANADVISER checks in with workers on the path to retirement
Each year since this survey’s inception in 2012, investment managers have reported increased asset levels in their Defined Contribution Investment Only (DCIO) businesses. Although the names of the firms participating in the survey have changed somewhat, we can report that the 37 managers on this year’s list enjoyed a nearly $230 billion (8%) increase in DCIO assets from year-end 2013 to year-end 2014, and a $63 billion (2%) increase in just the three months between 12/31/2014 and 3/31/2015.
2015 PLANADVISER Adviser Value Survey - The Influence of Advisers on Retirement Plans
The unique opportunities of micro plans
The 2014 PLANADVISER Practice Benchmarking Survey
The right recordkeeper for you and your client
DCIO providers’ assets and services flourish
Where retirement plan advisers add value
Micro plans have unique plan design characteristics—and
challenges2013 PLANADVISER Micro Plan Survey
2013 PLANADVISER Practice Benchmarking Survey: Evaluating your peer group to benchmark your practice
Advisers reveal their favorite retirement plan partners
When it comes to DCIO providers, investment performance is not the only aspect to consider
Finding a defined contribution recordkeeper suited to you and your client
Adviser-run plans excel in design, reviews and customizatio
As small businesses are the main employer of Americans, so
are micro plans—those holding less than $5 million in assets—the most common
retirement plan size.
Advisers pick their favorite providers in our 2012 Retirement Plan Adviser Survey
Putting retirement income planning front and center
Advisers share their preferences for building a plan investment lineup
Benchmarking a plan against comparable ones gives you a true indicator of succe
Retirement plan advisers play an integral role in many providers' delivery systems, but while some providers do both adviser-sold and direct-sold business, others do no business through intermediaries.
What advisers see when looking for a DC recordkeeper partner
Capturing the profile of the "typical" retirement plan adviser
In spring of 2008, PLANADVISER sent an e-mail to its database of broker/dealers to learn what some are doing to accommodate retirement plan advisers. This is a list of all respondents and a sampling of their answers.
What effect does a retirement plan adviser have on a plan?
Data show micro plans are not simply miniature replicas of the larger-plan space
How advisers are making a difference
Micro plans offer good plan designs, but have room for improvement
Advisers say that each provider has varying strengths, so “which one’s best?″ can be a thorny question
When it comes time to help plan sponsor clients select and monitor investment lineups, advisers have clear favorites
Insights from PLANSPONSOR's 2007 Recordkeeping Survey
How advisers add value to the retirement plans they serve
Advisers look beyond performance in making fund selection but not much further
Advisers share their favorite providers