NEW YORK, July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- J.P. Morgan Asset Management today released its latest Retirement Insights paper outlining best practices for selecting a target date strategy for defined contribution plans (DC). The white paper, "Custom or off-the-shelf target date strategies?," explores several factors – such as asset allocation, management selection and fee structure – that DC plan sponsors and financial advisors should carefully consider when deciding whether a custom or "off-the-shelf" target date strategy is most appropriate for their plan. Key findings include:
- Choosing between custom or off-the-shelf target date strategies requires extensive analysis. Plan sponsors and financial advisors need to balance the benefits that custom strategies might offer with the required expertise, time and costs, which can be significant.
- Custom target date strategies can be precisely designed to meet specific plan requirements. These strategies can take into account employee demographics and particular plan design features (for example, a prohibition against plan loans or pre-retirement withdrawals).
- In a custom strategy, a plan sponsor can consolidate investment managers from defined benefit plans to potentially achieve economies of scale and realize savings on overall fees. But a substantial asset base (greater than $500 million) may be needed to secure those savings. Smaller plans will likely be better served by an off-the-shelf target date strategy.
- Effective communications are critical when implementing a custom strategy. While participants in an off-the-shelf target date strategy can access relevant information about their strategy's funds on fund company websites, participants in a custom strategy may have only one source of information about their retirement funds: the communications they receive from their plan sponsor.
"Target date strategies continue to hold a growing share of DC plan assets and, like many in the industry, we expect they will become increasingly popular as both custom and 'off-the-shelf' strategies allow participants to access powerful asset class diversification," said Portfolio Manager Dan Oldroyd, Head of Target Date Strategies, Multi-Asset Solutions, J.P. Morgan Asset Management. "Weighing the pros and cons of these options should never be a simple exercise. Plan sponsors and advisors need to be thorough, careful and thoughtful in their analysis when determining a course of action."
Please view the full J.P. Morgan Retirement Insights paper, including the "Is a custom target date strategy right for your plan?" evaluation worksheet, here.
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