2019 Plan Sponsor Attitudes Study

Supporting plan sponsors and their participants has become more complex over the last decade. In its 10th year, this study reveals what is top of mind for plan sponsors, helping advisors better align their services and support models to the needs of their clients.

Highlight 1: Top Reasons Plan Sponsors Look to a Plan Advisor for Help


93% of sponsors work with an advisor—an all-time high.

With sponsors increasingly relying on advisors, knowing their top concerns and goals can help you provide the services plan sponsors care about most.

Download the first installment in our Highlights Series for study results revealing plan sponsors' top concerns, their reasons for hiring an advisor, and more.

Sign Up for Our New Highlights Series

Position your practice to help meet clients' needs. Receive our Plan Sponsor Attitudes Highlights Series for key insights.

  • Highlight 1: Top Reasons Plan Sponsors Look to a Plan Advisor for Help—Plan sponsors' top 3 concerns, their reasons for hiring an advisor, and more.
  • Highlight 2: What Makes a Plan Advisor Successful?—How plan sponsors view success for plan advisors, including success metrics, satisfaction rates, and communication practices.
  • Highlight 3: Plan Improvements to Help Close the Retirement Savings Gap—The types of advisor input plan sponsors value when it comes to improving savings rates, including help with plan design and investment menus.
  • Highlight 4: New Frontiers: Benefits Beyond Retirement Plans that Add Advisor Value—Areas where sponsors believe advisors can add value, in addition to traditional retirement plans.

About the Study

The 10th edition of our proprietary study uncovers opportunities with plan sponsors across the nation.

  • Based on responses of 1,252 plan sponsors who use a wide variety of recordkeepers, not just Fidelity.
  • Included plans with at least 25 participants and $3 million in assets, from start-ups to plans with more than $250 million in assets.
  • Focused on plan sponsors using a financial advisor or plan consultant.

Get Your Personalized Study Review

Contact your Fidelity representative today to review the comprehensive insights from our latest Plan Sponsor Attitudes study and how they may apply to your business.

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