Dimensional Retirement Plan Services1 offers full-service retirement plan solutions for defined contribution plans. Our goal is to help advisors and consultants—and the plan sponsors they serve—improve retirement outcomes for participants.
Cost efficiency, robust recordkeeping, and a flexible investment architecture are three core features of our full-service platform designed to meet plan sponsor and participant needs.
Costs matter. Our platform’s fee structure emphasizes cost efficiency, just as Dimensional Fund Advisors’ investment strategies have for more than three decades. This emphasis on lower, more transparent plan costs can give participants a head start on achieving better financial outcomes. Access to cost-efficient funds on our platform can give plan sponsors another component for better plan design, since costs can have a significant impact on investor success over time.
ROBUST RECORDINGKEEPING AND PLAN ADMINISTRATION
Dimensional Retirement Plan Services features institutional-strength recordkeeping and administrative services usually reserved for larger plans. Features include a wide array of powerful self-service tools, access to plan metrics in a real-time environment, and participant communications designed to educate employees about retirement income and enhance their retirement readiness.
FLEXIBLE INVESTMENT OPTIONS
Our platform supports a wide range of flexible options that plan sponsors may select, including:
- Advisor-built model portfolios
- A diverse selection of mutual funds for participants who want to choose their own funds and select their own asset allocation
- Self-directed brokerage accounts
A RELATIONSHIP-BASED SERVICE MODEL
Our service model features dedicated client relationship support from seasoned professionals who have a deep understanding of the needs of plan sponsors and participants. Additionally, we work with advisors and consultants on how to best integrate our academic research on lifecycle finance into plan design for their clients.
Boston University professor and DC expert Zvi Bodie explains what's wrong with the current generation of target-date funds.
David Wray, president of the Profit Sharing/401k Council of America, discusses the increasing health of the DC system, especially after the stress test of 2008, and the importance of new ideas being introduced to the industry.
Tim Kohn, head of Defined Contribution at Dimensional, talks to three industry experts—David Booth, Bill Bradley, and Nobel laureate Robert C. Merton—about Dimensional's unique research-driven approach to next generation retirement solutions.
Uncertainty over one's future income trajectory is often substantial, and can significantly complicate planning for retirement. Our research shows that a saving guideline incorporating information about household income as it changes over time (dynamic saving) can improve retirement success rates for most households relative to a static rule-of-thumb approach.
How much retirement income is enough? Understanding how to arrive at a target income replacement rate can be helpful for future retirees and plan sponsors alike.
Dimensional's second annual DC study, conducted by the Boston Research Group, explores reactions of plan sponsors to the Department of Labor's new fee disclosure rule 408(b)(2).
Zvi Bodie, PhD, professor of finance and economics at Boston University School of Management, discusses the challenges facing today's retirement plan sponsors.
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