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A recent survey reveals the highest priorities of 401(k) plan sponsors. Here’s a gift tailored exactly to their highest priority. When Deloitte Consulting asked 401(k) plan sponsors to rank eight hot topics, they might have been surprised by the results they received. Still, the respondents made their top choice quite clear (for the complete list, see “New Survey Reveals How 401(k) Plan Sponsors Rank 8 Hot Topics,” FiduciaryNews.com, December 20, 2011). They didn’t want what they been told is popular by the service providers, industry pundits and even some policy makers. Rather, they desired what all good fiduciaries want: to be able to help their beneficiaries achieve the goals of the trust.

 In the case of 401(k) plans, this means helping employees do what needs to be done to achieve a comfortable retirement. Since their inception 30 years ago, with the reduction of the number of companies offering pension plans and the growing concern as to the long-term viability of Social Security, the 401(k) plan has become the go-to choice for those seeking a secure retirement. Although originally designed to only supplement the other two retirement vehicles, over the last two decades legislation increasing the 401(k) deferral maximum has made it easier for employees to rely solely on the one retirement vehicle they have the most control over: their 401(k) plan.

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