Lexington, KY, November 15, 2019– The National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators, Inc. (NAGDCA) has published the third annual benchmarking survey report entitled Perspectives in Practice – A Benchmarking Initiative for Public Sector Defined Contribution Plans, which includes data to help the defined contribution industry better understand trends and identify issues to better serve plan sponsors and plan participants.

The report presents a detailed analysis of key operating data from the government defined contribution industry, based on confidential surveys submitted by 98 individual plans representing 65 plan sponsors, $177 billion in total plan assets and 4.2 million individual plan participants. The detailed report allows governmental plans to benchmark with peers, giving key information for plan sponsors to use in making plan design decisions to support improving retirement outcomes.

The detailed report is available to NAGDCA members free of charge and plans that participated in the survey will be granted access to a suite of online tools. In addition to the aggregate industry-wide data, plan sponsors can use the online tool to refine and sort the data by up to eight key factors such as the number of participants, plan type, or total plan assets, resulting in more useful peer group data.

“The Perspectives in Practice report represents the most complete set of data in the public sector defined contribution industry. It provides plan sponsors with a comprehensive understanding of trends related to plan participation, cost, balances, and other key industry metrics. When combined with NAGDCA’s custom online data portal, it helps plan sponsors benchmark their plan to their peers and make decisions to improve the retirement security of their public sector participants.” said NAGDCA Executive Director Matt Petersen.

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