The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted the defined contribution (DC) retirement plan market, yet the effects and reactions of plan sponsors vary substantially by plan size. To quantify just what has changed, we conducted a quick-pulse survey in late August among plan sponsors.
Micro plan sponsors, those managing less than $5 million in DC assets, are in survival mode. These plan sponsors are trying to keep their plans steady through all of the disruption and are more concerned with underperforming investment options than with making preemptive changes or improvements to their plans. Large and Mega plan sponsors, those managing $100 million or more in DC assets, have a rosier outlook on the economy and are looking for ways to be more altruistic when it comes to their plans.