From Saving to Income: The Next Evolution of Defined Contribution Plans


January 2020

Key Takeaways

  • A major challenge for workers is generating a sustainable amount of lifetime income in retirement.

  • The SECURE Act mandates that DC plans provide plan participants with projections of future retirement income.

  • The next generation of DC plans has the potential to help workers meet their retirement income challenges.


One of today’s greatest financial wellness challenges for workers is generating an adequate and sustainable amount of lifetime income in retirement. Defined contribution plans primarily focus on helping participants accumulate retirement savings, not converting those savings into a steady stream of lifetime income. This can leave workers vulnerable to a wide array of risks once managed by defined benefit plans including longevity risk, market risk, inflation risk, interest rate risk, and sequence of returns risk.

In our new white paper, we look at today’s defined contribution plans such as 401(k)s, and how they are likely to evolve.

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