trendspotting | PLANADVISER March/April 2017

401(k)s Critical for Millennials

80% seek out an employer with a DC plan

By Lee Barney | March/April 2017

Eighty percent of Millennials said they would prefer to work for a company with a 401(k) plan, according to a survey by Fisher Investments 401(k) Solutions. However, 80% of this group failed Fisher’s “401(k) IQ in the Workplace” quiz, indicating they are in need of education about retirement planning.

Millennials rely the most on information about retirement planning from individual contacts—be they friends, relatives or co-workers—dispelling the notion that they depend solely on the Internet. They also said they would like their retirement provider to reach out to them personally.

However, only 25% of Millennials working at firms with fewer than 200 employees are enrolled in the company plan. Millennial women are less confident than are their male contemporaries about being able to pick investments. They are also less likely to be enrolled in their company’s plan and more likely to fail the 401(k) IQ quiz.

“We’re encouraged that the vast majority of Millennials recognize that 401(k) plans can be indispensable to meeting their long-term savings goals,” says Nathan Fisher, managing director of Fisher Investments 401(k) Solutions. “However, when you get down to the nuts and bolts of planning, it becomes clear there’s an education gap. What’s interesting is the reliance and trust Millennials place on advice from their immediate network instead of retirement providers.”

KRC Research conducted the online survey of 1,013 employees for Fisher Investments.