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The structure of retirement plan investment menus continues to evolve, from "more choice is better" to "less is more". Many fiduciaries initially sought protection under ERISA §404(c) by offering a wide array of investment choices to their participants, but participants found themselves overwhelmed by the task of evaluating and selecting from amongst so many managers. Plan sponsors soon realized that less could be more, and built menus that offered a few fixed income options and a diverse set of a dozen or more stock funds, but in the bear market of 2008, many of those plans saw similar declines across their investment menu.
With an increasing number of plans utilizing automatic enrollment and QDIA, just providing adequate choice is no longer enough. Fiduciaries are again asking, what does an effective investment menu look like? In this presentation, we cover:
Incorporating the science of behavioral finance into your investment menu design;
Selecting appropriate asset classes;
Whether a tiered structure could be right for your plan;
Passive versus active investment options;
Options for low risk investments; and
When to use target date funds.