The survey results also indicate that sponsors need to better understand the balance between managing volatility and achieving growth. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A T. Rowe Price survey of defined contribution plan sponsors in the U.S. indicates that while some DC plan sponsors have “greater reported sensitivity to short-term considerations” in evaluating and choosing qualified default investment alternatives—which could make it tough in trying to help participants better long-term retirement outcomes—most are instead more focused on long-term risks.

In addition, the survey finds that when choosing a target-date strategy or other QDIA for participants, plan sponsors were most concerned about participants’ longevity risk and their ability to achieve higher retirement account balances over the long term.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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