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Investment Returns: Defined Benefit vs. 401(k) Plans
Center for Retirement Research at Boston College Link to more items from this source
Sept. 6, 2006
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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