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NEPC 2014 Defined Contribution Plan and Fee Survey: What Plan Sponsors Are Doing Now
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Oct. 13, 2014
"The recordkeeping fees for the majority of retirement investment accounts are still calculated using pricing models based on assets within the plan ... For most plans, recordkeeping fees include some element of revenue sharing. A recordkeeping fee structure based on a fixed-dollar amount per participant in the plan -- widely regarded in the investment industry as the most transparent and fair approach -- appears to be gaining traction and is especially popular among the larger plans, that is, those with $1 billion or more in assets ... The Survey underscores the challenge facing plan sponsors: they have to balance the quality of services provided with their efforts to cut costs and improve transparency ... [so they] may be better served if they examine their recordkeeping fee structures, exploring the potential to migrate to a more explicit fee model, for instance, one that charges a fixed-dollar amount per plan participant."

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