Schwab: K Plan Advice Helps Beef up Deferrals

January 24, 2005 ( - K plan participants using managed account and advice offerings from Schwab Corporate Services more than doubled their average savings rate to 9.57% of eligible income in 2004, according to a Schwab news release.

The news release said that 84% of these participants enrolled in managed accounts that provide ongoing account monitoring and automatic rebalancing. Schwab Retirement Plan Services, Inc. (SRPS) offers managed account and advice services at no extra cost to Schwab K plans.

Participants in Schwab plans have access to personalized advice online, by phone or in person, including recommendations specific to the core investment fund choices available in their plan and specific recommended savings rates, the company said. Participants can also elect managed accounts with annual rebalancing. provided by GuidedChoice.

“We know that when it comes to retirement planning, many individuals aren’t sure how much they need to save or how to invest. We offer those answers and the opportunity to discuss them with an investment professional. Clearly, many of our participants prefer this type of one-on-one relationship,” said Trish Cox, SRPS chief operating officer, in the news release.

Cox noted that previously, the average savings rate for these participants was 4.57%, well below the overall average for Schwab’s 401(k) participants (7.15%) and the national average (7%).