Deloitte Releases Annual 401(k) Benchmarking Survey
Overall, survey results show that 93% of human resources and employee benefits executives responding to the survey expressed satisfaction with the investment options offered by their company plans. Most sponsors indicated that changes in investment strategies are on hold while waiting for economic conditions to stabilize.
In spite of the notoriety surrounding the losses suffered by Enron employees who had much of their retirement investments locked into company stock, fewer than 6% of survey respondents indicated they had plans to change current restrictions on company stock investments. Twenty-four percent of respondents indicated that company stock is a core investment option in their 401(k) plans with an average of 20% of total plan assets invested in employer stock funds.
Nearly 75% of respondents said communication is a top priority and that their company offers customized communications programs, many of which are online. "We are seeing a decrease in the traditional communication methods - printed materials and face-to-face employer meetings - coupled with an increase in the use of the Internet and modeling tools," said Leslie V. Smith, D&T Survey Director and Director of the firm's Employee Benefits Group. "In other words, a clear trend towards the high-tech approach."
Over 85% of responding companies indicate they provide a matching contribution for employees participating in 401(k) plans.
For more information, contact Ruth Krumbhaar, D&T Human Capital National Marketing Manager via e-mail  or telephone at 415-783-4360.