Enrollment Is Automatic for One-Third of Defined-Contribution Pension Plans Worldwide, Mercer Says
One-third of employers globally offer at least one automatic feature in their defined-contribution plans, according to a Mercer survey.
In the survey of 1,500 employers representing $440 billion in defined-contribution pension plan assets, 33 percent said they offered automatic enrollment in their defined-contribution pension plans, 33 percent offered automatic escalation, and about 20 percent offered automatic rebalancing.
Among employers offering a default investment option, 67 percent use lifecycle funds, the survey found. Also, 90 percent of employers considering adding or changing a default option are looking at lifecycle funds.
Seventy-two percent of employers surveyed have 15 or fewer investment options in their defined-contribution pension plans.
Only one-third of employers plan to change their fund lineups over the next two years. Of those, most plan to increase their options or introduce a lifecycle fund.
Also, while 74 percent of employers have a targeted employee participation rate of 80 to 100 percent, only half of them have achieved that goal.
The survey was conducted in June.