Defined contribution plans

Winds of change

What is the forecast for defined contribution plans in today’s marketplace? View key challenges and related opportunities facing DC plan sponsors and advisors.

Defined contribution plan solutions

Your goal as a DC plan sponsor is to help improve retirement outcomes for your participants. That's our goal, too. We're dedicated to helping you employ the best practices in plan design, investments and implementation.

Defined contribution outsourcing

For more than 30 years Russell Investments has provided award-winning fiduciary management services to corporate retirement plans. As a fiduciary, you are entrusted to oversee your DC plan for participants. You may benefit from engaging Russell Investments as a co-fiduciary for:

  • DC plan design
  • Investment manager search and ongoing management
  • Participant communications
  • Recordkeeper searches and oversight 

Learn more about DC outsourcing

Defined contribution investments

A well-built investment menu can drive better outcomes for participants.

Target date funds have become the most popular DC plan QDIA default option because they offer a sound investment strategy that helps streamline retirement savings.

Depending on your DC plan, we can offer you:

Simplify your core menu with institutionally-priced multi-manager funds

†For the fourth year in a row, Russell Investments’ professionals were selected as one of the most influential consultants in the institutional investment universe in Chief Investment Officer (CIO)’s annual "The Knowledge Brokers" series. Source: CIO Magazine. (2015, September) "The 2015 Knowledge Brokers." Available at:

¹These are collective trust funds which are bank-maintained collective investment funds managed by Russell Trust Company, a Washington State non-depository trust company, and are not registered mutual funds. The funds are only available to certain qualified employee benefit plans and government plans and are not offered to the general public.

Target date fund investing involves risk, principal loss is possible. The principal value of the fund is not guaranteed at any time, including the target date. The target date is the approximate date when investors plan to retire and would likely stop making new investments in the fund.

Please remember that all investments carry some level of risk, including the potential loss of principal invested. They do not typically grow at an even rate of return and may experience negative growth. As with any type of portfolio structuring, attempting to reduce risk and increase return could, at certain times, unintentionally reduce returns.

Russell Investments Adaptive Retirement Accounts is a product of Russell Investment Management, LLC ("RIM"). The implementation of Adaptive Retirement Accounts in investors' portfolios and related investment advice are provided through investment advisers and other financial intermediaries that are independent of RIM and its affiliates. The advice provided by RIM in Russell Investments Adaptive Retirement Planner is based on asset-class level assumptions only.

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