DC plan consultants expect that future markets will be as volatile as they have been in the recent past, and offer lower returns. That’s why they view asset diversification and custom target-date strategies as key elements to successful defined contribution schemes for retirement income planning, according to plan consultants that the Pacific Investment Management Co. surveyed last December and January.

PIMCO surveyed 29 DC consulting firms that serve almost 2,500 clients whose DC assets total more than $1.5 trillion. A whopping majority of consultants, 86%, suggest using Treasury inflation-protected securities as a way to reduce risk in asset allocation strategies.

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