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MetLife Retirement & Income Solutions
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:
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Product attributes typically associated with annuities purchased at the point of retirement (e.g., immediate income annuities) are the most important attributes, according to consultants.
60% of consultants would consider purchasing an annuity option for themselves with a portion of their DC plan assets.
DC plan consultants’ sphere of influence cannot be overstated – from conducting due diligence, recommending solutions to their clients, to helping recordkeepers integrate solutions on their platforms. Whether millions of future retirees will enjoy retirement security rests largely in their hands.