If there is anything positive to be gleaned from the financial crisis, it is that 401(k) plan designs need to be revised so they are more resistant to extreme volatility and market downturns, Putnam Investments CEO Robert L. Reynolds told executives at the National Investment Company Service Association’s East Coast Regional Meeting in Boston.

Reynolds called for a “new generation” of workplace savings plans with lower volatility and lifetime income options. “We need to do more to protect working Americans from the inflation, volatility and longevity risks that can make lifelong security in retirement so hard to reach.

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