The Retirement Plan Solution: The Reinvention of Defined Contribution
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The Great American Retirement System?
Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution.
The Dynamics of the Retirement Plan.
Room for Improvement in the Accumulation Phase.
The Right Sort of Education.
Other Ways of Running Defined Contribution Plans.
The Individual’s Role in Decumulation.
The Plan Sponsor’s Role.
A Final Thought: From Biggest to Best.
CHAPTER 1 DC Version 2.0.
Coming of Age.
The New Retirement Superpower.
Coming Soon to a Dictionary Near You: DBization.
At the Heart of Version 2.0: A Different Objective.
Is This the First Nail in the Coffin of Defined Contribution?
“Hold on a Second . . . ”
PART ONE The Dynamics of the Retirement Plan.
CHAPTER 2 More than You Ever Wanted to Know about Life Expectancy.
What Is “Life Expectancy”?
How Life Expectancy Has Changed.
But an Individual’s Life Span Is Uncertain.
Longevity Distributions: Let’s Take a Look.
What Does This Mean?
And Will Longevity Improve Even More?
CHAPTER 3 Retirement Is Expensive.
The Goal Is a Targeted Level of Income Replacement.
The Fundamental Pension Equation and the Defined Benefit System.
A Simple Model of Retirement Plan Accumulation and Decumulation.
Base Case Results.
When to Start Saving.
The Base Case May Not Be a Reliable Guide.
How to Act in the Face of Uncertainty.
Appendix: Further Analysis of the Uncertainty Associated with Investment Returns.
CHAPTER 4 Investment Returns Are All-Important.
The 10/30/60 Rule.
Games at a Virtual Casino.
Historical Return Patterns.
What Are the Lessons?
How Much Investment Risk Can You Tolerate?
CHAPTER 5 Sustainable Spending.
Appendix: The Multiple.
PART TWO Opportunities in the Accumulation Phase.
CHAPTER 6 Save More.
Employers with No Plan.
Employees Who Do Not Enroll.
Employees Who Start Saving Too Late.
Employees with Low Savings Rates.
Employees with Gaps in Continuous Participation.
CHAPTER 7 Limit Leakage.
CHAPTER 8 Invest Better.
Evidence of Waste.
The Importance of a Good Default Option.
The “Target Date” Solution.
And for the Investment Experts?
CHAPTER 9 Reduce Fees.
The Impact of Fees.
Fees for What?
Looking for Fee Leakage.
Institutional versus Retail Fees.
PART THREE We Need the Right Sort of Education.
CHAPTER 10 Why the Waste? Because We’re Only Human.
Overconfidence in Retirement Planning.
Low Participation and Savings Rates.
Poor Investment Results.
What to Do?
CHAPTER 11 Financial Education.
Facts that Surprised Us.
What Exactly Can Be Taught?
Why Hasn’t This Already Been Taught?
A Literate Default System.
A Final Anecdote.
PART FOUR Other Ways of Running Defined Contribution Plans.
CHAPTER 12 Case Study—Australia.
Some Features of the Australian Defined Contribution System.
Consequences for Coverage.
Consequences for Adequacy.
Consequences for Employer Attitudes.
Lessons for the United States.
Consequences for Investment Choices.
CHAPTER 13 Three Defined Contribution Plan Models.
The Bank Savings Model.
The Fund Supermarket Model.
The Retirement Income Model.
An Example of a Participant Statement in the Retirement Income Model.
CHAPTER 14 Collective Defined Contribution.
Broader Applications by the Dutch and Canadians.
There’s More than One Way to Skin a Cat.
PART FIVE The Perspective of the Individual in Decumulation.
CHAPTER 15 The First Dial: Your Personal Spending Policy.
Step One: How to Keep Score—The Current Position.
Step Two: What about the Future?
Step Three: The Projected Outflow—The First Attempt to Quantify Your Spending Plan.
Step Four: How Long Will Your Assets Sustain Your Spending Plan?
Checkpoint: Is There a Gap to Be Bridged?
CHAPTER 16 The Second Dial: Your Longevity Protection Policy.
How an Immediate Annuity Works.
The Benefit of Buying a Lifetime Annuity.
Should Everyone Buy an Immediate Annuity?
Reasons Why Some People Don’t Like to Buy Immediate Annuities.
Fortunately . . . .
Appendix: More on Annuity-Equivalent Wealth.
CHAPTER 17 The Third Dial: Investment Policy.
A Reminder of Our Goals and Our Choices.
Taking Owner-Occupied Real Estate into Account.
Many Rules of Thumb Are Just Plain Wrong.
Four Wealth Zones.
How Your Wealth Zone Determines Your Choices.
CHAPTER 18 Product Innovation with Decumulation in Mind.
Variations on the Lifetime Annuity.
Longevity Protection Plus Long-Term Care Insurance.
Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefits.
The Longevity Pool.
Advanced Life Deferred Annuities.
Pure Decumulation Products.
Which Type of Product Is Best?
PART SIX The Plan Sponsor’s Role.
CHAPTER 19 Defined Contribution Plan Governance.
The Purpose of Defined Contribution Plan Governance.
A Defined Contribution Plan’s Purpose and Objectives.
What Should a Prudent Expert Know—And When?
New Choices Based on New Knowledge.
CHAPTER 20 Defined Contribution Plan Effectiveness.
Employee Savings Rate.
Employer Contribution Rate.
Participant Net Investment Return.
Hardship Withdrawal Usage.
Loans as Distributions.
CHAPTER 21 The Defined Contribution Plan Sponsor’s Role in Decumulation.
Providing Access to Financial Products: In-Plan or Out-of-Plan.
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