May 30, 2019
Defined Contribution Plan Cost-Effectiveness and Fee Transparency
In this Public Sector Letter on defined contribution plan cost-effectiveness we’ll cover:
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An Integrated Measurement and Management Framework
State and local government sponsors of defined contribution (DC) plans increasingly identify cost-effectiveness and transparency of fees as overriding priorities in offering a high-quality benefit to participants.
That is for good reason. A cost-effective and transparent expense structure positions a plan to achieve its long-term goals of maximizing participation, encouraging higher contribution rates, enabling compound growth of participant account balances and motivating participants to remain in the plan when they retire.
Conversely, failure to offer a cost-effective plan with easily understood fees can not only undermine those goals, it can harm the plan’s reputation with stakeholders and may expose the plan to a greater risk of costly litigation.
The good news is that plan sponsors can successfully manage plan costs and continuously improve transparency by using an integrated, repeatable measurement and management framework. In this Public Sector Letter, we present an overview of the framework, which includes a documented governance approach, regularly scheduled assessments, and a manageable set of key measures and reports that enable tracking of fees and expenses against budgets, goals, policies and benchmarks.
DC plan costs are best understood and managed when they are broken into categories. Disaggregating costs also enables more effective oversight.
While there are a number of valid ways to categorize DC plan costs, they may be divided into the following three categories:
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Segal Marco Advisors
Segal professionals assist state and local governments that sponsor DC plans, providing plan design and plan assessment studies, participant communications, compliance services, and more.
As a SEC-registered member of The Segal Group, Segal Marco Advisors provides investment solutions for DC plan sponsors including fiduciary oversight and training, creation and ongoing review of investment policy statements, ongoing monitoring and performance analysis, and investment menu design and evaluation.
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