In the decade following the Great Recession of 2008, for participants who remained invested in their 401(k)s, overall, average balances soared 466%.
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Participation rates were nearly 96% higher for plans—a difference of 40 percentage points—with auto enrollment; the usage of auto escalation was nearly five times higher in plans that employ opt-out options rather than opt-in, and employer match rates increased in 2018, T. Rowe Price found.
J.P. Morgan makes recommendations for plan design and TDFs based on savings and withdrawal behaviors it analyzed.
Setting defaults too low, choosing the wrong default investment and offering company stock as an investment option could result in unintended consequences, BlackRock found.
Only 33% of Americans are comfortable with their retirement readiness level.
In conclusion, IZA says, “the data do not support the idea that presenting optional 401(k) plan information in a simpler, more compact way will improve employees’ retirement planning choices. However, we did find that financial literacy was positively associated with better choices."
“We continue to see the significant impact plan design and financial wellness programs have on participant behavior, as evidenced by the increase in both participation and deferral rates and decrease in loan usage,” says Aimee DeCamillo, head of T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services.
A report from the National Institute on Retirement Security shows that 66.2% of working Millennials have nothing saved for retirement.