Research

Get an unparalleled view into employee financial trends and behaviors, based on our decades of experience serving many of America’s largest and leading employers

As the pioneer and leader in workplace advisory services over the last two decades, we look forward to sharing our expertise and unique capabilities to improve financial outcomes for your employees.

– Christopher Jones, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer

Always Learning. Always Adapting.

Since our firm’s founding more than two decades ago, our innovations and research have helped influence an entire industry. And we continue to develop new approaches and processes to further help improve plan participant outcomes and employee retirement readiness.

2014

60%

got it wrong

In 2014, we found that target-date fund misuse was widespread. Only 38% of plan participants investing in target-date funds were using them correctly for all their plan contributions.9

2014

$250K

in increased lifetime benefits

In 2014, we found that Social Security optimization could generate additional lifetime benefits of as much as $100,000 for individuals and $250,000 for married couples.10

2015

$24B

U.S. workers missing out on $24 billion in employer matching contributions

In 2015, we estimated that workers nationwide are failing to contribute enough to receive their company’s match – and thus are collectively failing to collect $24 billion every year. 11

2016

93%

of adults want their advisors to be fiduciaries

In 2016, we found that 93% of Americans said it is important that all financial advisors be legally required to put their clients’ best interest first when providing retirement investment advice. 12

2019

4.7%

more in retirement savings

In 2019, we found that retired participants who leave their 401(k) savings in the workplace plan, can increase their retirement savings by 4.7% after 10 years13 , compared to rolling the account to an IRA.

2020

1/2

of U.S. employees are prepared for an emergency

In 2020, we found that less than half of U.S. employees reported low financial well-being amid Covid-19, as measured by financial stress, readiness and outlook.14

Monthly Market Insights

Read what we’ve told plan participants each month in our market commentaries – and share them with your benefits and investment management teams.

Market Summary – August 2020

 

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Market Summary – July 2020

 

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Market Summary – June 2020

 

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Perspectives

Our experience and expertise from serving more than one million clients gives us a unique perspective. Now, you can review our recent research and analysis on employee behavior and retirement investing.

Covid-19 and Financial Well-Being

 

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Reconsidering the 401(k) Rollover

 

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Missing Out on Employer Match

 

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In Whose Best Interest?

 

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Claiming Social Security

 

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Help in Defined Contribution Plans

 

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Give Your Employees the Financial Help and Advice They Need

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