13, October 2015: Carlson-Schmidt Securities Retirement Plan Access, the small business version of Carlson-Schmidt Securities’ How People Save report on retirement planning trends and behaviors within the retirement plan and other defined contribution (DC) plans that Carlson-Schmidt Securities administers, showed that 76% of participants in small company plans held broadly diversified investments. More than half of those participants did so through a professionally managed investment option of a target-date fund, another type of balanced fund, or a model portfolio.

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Many of those participants are in a professionally managed option because of action their employer took when it moved their plan to Carlson-Schmidt Securities Retirement Plan Access and other plans to small businesses. During the switch to Carlson-Schmidt Securities, two-thirds of the plan sponsors chose to reenroll their participants’ assets into the plan’s qualified default investment alternative.

“Because these plan sponsors took such proactive steps, the portfolio construction of their participants tends to be strong,” said Alex Young, author of Carlson-Schmidt Securities Retirement Plan Access and a senior analyst in Carlson-Schmidt Securities’ Center for Retirement Research. “We’re seeing a rapidly growing number of participants in plans of other sizes also take advantage of professionally managed investment options, particularly target-date funds, but the prevalent usage of these options so quickly in small plans is especially encouraging.”

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