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Thought Leadership

Amassing a body of knowledge about retirement income issues, trends, products and solutions is a key focus of the Institutional Retirement Income Council. By sharing insights, opinions, best practices and evaluation tools, the IRIC is helping to ensure that plan sponsors feel confident in their decisions to enhance their defined contribution plans to include retirement income solutions.

Listen to an exerpt from Marty Schmidt, from the March 16, 2010 PLANSPONSOR Webcast, highlighting where the market is now.

Listen to an exerpt from Martha Tejera, from the March 16, 2010 PLANSPONSOR Webcast, underlining key questions Sponsors are asking.

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    The Problem with Spending too Fast

    In this article, Fred Reish, et al. focus on different strategies that will produce a 'safe' withdrawal rate for individuals who participate in their employer's 401(k) or 403(b) retirement plans.
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    The Problem with Living Too Long

    In this paper Fred Reish discusses the impact of increased life expectancy while 401(k) plans become the dominant form of employer provided retirement plan.
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    Institutional Retirement Income Solutions White Paper

    IRIC's view as to why adding retirement income solutions to enhanced defined contribution plans is critical to the future financial security of working Americans.
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    Advantages to Offering Retirement Income Solutions

    Offering retirement income solutions provides significant advantages to both DC plan participants and employers.
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    Key Questions to Consider

    Plan sponsors should ask themselves the following preliminary questions prior to analyzing any type of retirement plan income solution.
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    Evaluation Scorecard for Retirement Income Products

    In this paper, Mendel Melzer and Julie Leinenbach introduce a set of metrics that plan sponsors and their consultants can utilize in assessing the suitability of a retirement income strategy in a DC plan.
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    Effective Due Diligence

    This paper highlights some of the critical issues and questions that companies may consider as they evaluate guaranteed lifetime income options.
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