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9/6/2006: Investment Returns: Defined Benefit vs. 401(k) Plans (Center for Retirement Research at Boston College)
The brief's key findings are: Defined benefit plans earned one percentage point more than 401(k) plans during 1988-2004; This outcome occurred even though 401(k)s held more equities for most of the period; Focusing on employer-sponsored plans, however, ignores IRAs; IRAs now hold more assets than either defined benefit or 401(k) plans; and, Their investment performance merits more attention.
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