Continued scrutiny by regulators and legislators on the fees and outcomes of 401(k)s and other defined contribution plans is pressuring revenues at asset managers, advisers and recordkeepers and will shape the future of the DC retirement plan market, according to a new study from Financial Research Corp., “Trends in Retirement/401(k) Plans and Administration.”

“Overall, we believe that plan-level profits are likely to be squeezed across most stakeholders,” said Lesie Prescott, author of the study. “Prospects for growth exist for firms that understand the current market dynamics and position their organization to take advantage of these developments.”

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