Data and Research

2019 PLANSPONSOR Defined Contribution Survey Open

Sponsors of defined contribution (DC) plans are invited to respond to our annual DC Survey. The survey is our largest and most important research project of the year, but we need your help for it to be a success. Please consider responding by the September 27 deadline.

Decline in Assumed Returns Increased Public Pension Plan Costs

Researchers found a decline in assumed rates of return due to lower assumed inflation combined with a change in asset allocations, resulting in a higher expected real return, has increased costs for public pensions, but the increase is much smaller than if the decline in the assumed return was due to a lower assumed real return.