While offered in some defined contribution (DC) plans today, guaranteed retirement income is expected to be the next big enhancement to DC plans. Although it is too soon to tell who in the retirement industry will be the driving force behind greater adoption of retirement income solutions, consultants play a critical role in helping companies maximize the success and value of their DC plans – and, in turn, help strengthen the retirement security of plan participants.
MetLife’s 2023 Retirement Income Pulse Check Study examined consultants’ views towards income annuities and other income solutions in the DC marketplace, including:
- The actions they and their clients have taken since passage of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019, as well as how closely they were following SECURE 2.0 and other retirement legislative developments
- The recommendations they most frequently make to their clients to help strengthen retirement security though guaranteed lifetime income
- Their evaluation of income annuities and other solutions in the DC market, including key attributes and approaches (e.g., guaranteed vs. non-guaranteed, in-plan accumulation vs. point-of-distribution, etc.)