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MFS® DC View Defined Contribution Insights


• Over the past decade, global DC assets grew at a rate of 5.6% per annum. This compares to DB assets, which grew at 2.6%, according to the latest Global Pension Assets Study from Willis Towers Watson.

• Demographic shifts extend average years in retirement globally. The combination of increased life expectancies and lower average retirement age has extended average years in retirement from 13 years in 1970 to 20 years in 2014, according to the OECD’s Pensions at a Glance 2015.

• OECD projections indicate room for improvement in developed market income replacement rates. In the OECD’s Pensions at a Glance 2015, projected income replacement in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the United States are 38%, 58%, 43%, and 45%, respectively. The developed country average replacement rate is projected to be 63%.

• Default investment options play a critical role in DC pensions. The majority of member/participant contributions to DC plans are invested in default strategies in the UK, Australia and the US. Be on the lookout for our upcoming white paper to learn more about the growth and evolution of default structures in DC globally.

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