How Does Your 401(k) Compare?
Many plan sponsors and financial advisors want to know how their 401(k) plan stacks up to the typical or average plan. This is often the first question asked when attempting to determine whether an effort should be made to upgrade the features and benefits of a plan.
To help you answer this question, we have identified some of the common performance characteristics and features offered by many 401(k) plans and compiled the statistics below from a variety of sources* that will allow you to benchmark your plan as of 2017.
Sixty-seven (67) percent of plans have an automatic enrollment feature. More than half of plans with auto-enrollment use a default rate of more than 3%, which is up from 40.4% of plans in 2014. Sixty four (64) percent of plans with automatic enrollment automatically increase default deferral rates over time. The most common default investment option is a target-date fund, present in 75.6% of plans.
Of those that don’t have an automatic enrollment feature, 46.1% say they already have a high participation rate and do not feel they would benefit, and 16.8% think it would be too expensive due to increased cost of the match. (more…)
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