According to Fidelity, 56% of the 670 plans that offer company stock use cash matches, while the rest match with company stock.
Of the 44% using company stock for matches, 66% have no transfer rules. Another 15% lifted company stock trading restrictions in 2001 and 21% are thinking about making that move in 2002.
Overall, 7% of the defined contribution plans administered by Fidelity offer company stock.
Other conclusions included:
- Participants in plans offering company stock had larger average balances those those without — $57,000 to $40,000.
- Average number of investment choices is greater among plans with company stock than those without – 25 to 13.
- In plans with company stock, diversified equities represent 40% of the assets, as opposed to 63% of assets in plans without company stock. Roughly 26% of all plan assets are so invested, according to Fidelity.
The survey was based on an analysis of 9,300 defined contribution plans administered by Fidelity.