John Hancock has beat out Fidelity Investments and ING for bragging rights as defined contribution investment-only manager top dog, according to a study by Cogent Research.

According to the study, John Hancock’s clients reported having the most favorable impression of the firm, improving its rank from second place one year ago. Fidelity moved up to second from eighth, bumping ING down from first to third. The survey is based on a representative sample of over 1,500 DC plan sponsors across all plan sizes and industries.

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