Now in its 27th year, the DC Institute’s Defined Contribution Forum, April 4-5, 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, will focus on how plan sponsors are responding to these macro influences. What solutions are available? How can existing solutions be made and kept current with contemporary conditions? And most importantly, what are other plan sponsors doing to address their participants’ ever-changing needs?
Right now at the macro level a lot of factors are shaking up the parameters of the 401k market in the United States, dramatically altering the landscape for plan sponsors. A proliferation of lawsuits have put many plan sponsors on guard, no one can claim to know what regulatory and policy decisions are coming out of Washington DC next, and on the investments side returns from the previously stalwart asset classes of fixed income and mainstream equities are not likely to get participants to their savings goals. Further, more attention is being paid necessarily to the issues of retirement income; that’s a good thing, the problem is that no one really seems to have a viable solution capable to widespread adoption among plans.