From the March 2012 issue of Treasury & Risk magazine

Unbundling 401(k) Fees

Additional fee disclosures could send plan sponsors shopping.

The Labor Department’s long-awaited regulations on 401(k) fee disclosure are here at last, and the pressure is on. As pricing of defined-contribution plans becomes more transparent, companies could start looking for a new plan or provider.

It may seem odd that companies don’t grasp what something costs. But an October study by consultancy Callan Associates indicates that while companies appreciate the importance of 401(k) fees, “the number of sponsors that are unclear about the status of their plan’s fees is remarkable,” says Lori Lucas, Callan’s defined-contribution practice leader.


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