Advisers to 401(k) plans expect automatic enrollment and escalation to be the two most significant developments of defined contribution plans over the next three years, Putnam Investments found through a poll of 82 401(k) advisers.

The poll also found that while 75% of their clients said that they plan to add an automatic enrollment feature within the next two years, two-thirds nonetheless have reservations about it, for fear of the added cost of matching contributions.

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