2013 Top 1,000 data has been published with several new data points

Information on the U.S.'s 1,000 largest retirement plan sponsors as of Sept. 30, 2013, was published Monday. Several new data points were included in the survey: fixed-income portfolio duration, defined benefit assets by investment vehicle, custom and off-the-shelf target-date assets and several others. The new information helps shed more light on the U.S. retirement marketplace, whose assets increased to an all-time high of $8.3 trillion.

A significant divergence in fixed-income durations can be seen between corporate and public plan sponsors. The average corporate plan sponsor's fixed-income portfolio had a duration of almost 14, while the average public plan sponsor was a little more than 5.

For the first time, Pension & Investments asked whether sponsors had policies encouraging the hiring of money managers owned by women, minorities, the disabled or veterans; 34.5% of plans responded yes to the question.

Of the firms that responded to the custom or off-the-shelf target-date fund question, 26 used custom strategies while 85 used off-the-shelf strategies. Excluding the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, assets were roughly split evenly between the two.

For all of the data visit the P&I Research Center.