CEO and Chief Research Officer Greg Allen authors an analysis of the retirement plans investment managers offer their own employees
SAN FRANCISCO – May 16, 2019 – Callan, a leading institutional investment consulting firm, announced today the release of The Cobbler’s Shoes: How Asset Managers Run Their Own 401(k) Plans. The white paper explores what the investment management industry, the stewards tasked with managing the investments of 401(k) plans for others, do for their own employee base.
Co-authored by Mr. Allen and Matt Loster, a vice president in Callan’s Measurement Development Group, the paper analyzes U.S. Department of Labor data of 157 asset management firms and compares that dataset to a broader population of 55,000 plans. The analysis examined a number of key metrics of savings behavior at the plan level and then delved into the design of the investment lineups.
“We were curious about the investment management industry for a variety of reasons,” said Mr. Allen. “Their employees are investment professionals and presumably more engaged (and potentially vocal) about the design of their plans. They are also faced with the interesting question of employing products managed by their competitors, or in some cases, employing their own products. Ultimately, we were interested to see how these factors affected plan design and whether it resulted in meaningful differences from the broader population.”
Highlights from the study examining asset manager-sponsored 401(k) plans include:
Mr. Allen, Mr. Loster, and others from Callan will be hosting a webinar discussing more results of this study on June 18. To learn more and register, click here.
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