The defined contribution investment-only market has been making rapid headway for more than a decade, and its growth today is outpacing that of the DC plan market overall.

DCIO assets currently total $2.7 trillion, up from $2.2 trillion a year ago, accounting for 46 percent of the total DC market, according to research firm Hearts & Wallets. That number, it projects, will grow to $3.6 trillion by 2018, about half of all assets in the DC market by that time.

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