Defined contribution plans

Wellington Management has a long heritage of managing retirement assets. We provide defined contribution (DC) plans with advanced investment thinking and holistic solutions to help improve participant outcomes.

EXPLORE INSIGHTS

Why should investors study climate science?
Our director of sustainable investment discusses our partnership with Woodwell Climate Research Center and the tools we are developing to help investment teams and clients understand the economic impacts of climate change.
October 2020
Why should investors study climate science?
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Credit research looms large in the era of COVID-19
In the wake of severe credit-market dislocations earlier this year, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager Mahmoud El-Shaer shares his thoughts on the growing importance of credit research in a still-uncertain environment.
August 2020
Credit research looms large in the era of COVID-19
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Helping DC plan participants keep their balance
Over time, a well-crafted asset allocation plan may only be as good as the portfolio rebalancing mechanism behind it. Director of Defined Contribution Strategies Jed Petty and Multi-Asset Strategist Cara Lafond look at several options to help DC plan participants put a disciplined rebalancing policy in place.
July 2020
Helping DC plan participants keep their balance
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How are DC plans coping with COVID-19?
How are plan sponsors managing and adapting to the crisis? Are participants panicking amid the climate of fear and uncertainty? Director of Defined Contribution Jed Petty shares his latest insights from the field.
April 2020
How are DC plans coping with COVID-19?
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Diversified research strategies: An active equity approach for DC plans
We believe our Research Equity strategies can help plan sponsors meet fiduciary duties and offer participants exposure to institutional-quality active management while ...
February 2020
Diversified research strategies: An active equity approach for DC plans
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Custom target date funds: The what, why, and how
For many DC plans, custom target date funds are worth exploring as a potentially more attractive alternative to traditional target date funds.
January 2020
Custom target date funds: The what, why, and how
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Sustainable investing comes of age for DC plans
Relatively few DC plan sponsors offer sustainable investing (SI) options on their plan’s investment menu. That is unfortunate, because SI strategies can provide compelling benefits for plan sponsors and participants alike. Our Director of Defined Contribution Jed Petty makes the case.
November 2019
Sustainable investing comes of age for DC plans
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Is your DC plan “active” enough?
Director of DC Strategies Jed Petty believes active management continues to merit inclusion in most plans. Here he sets forth six reasons why.
May 2019
Is your DC plan “active” enough?
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Why partner with Wellington

Why partner with Wellington

Independent and historically stable
  • Private partnership focused solely on clients’ goals
  • Track record of low portfolio-manager turnover
  • Fiduciary mind-set that aligns with plan sponsors’ role
Investment-focused and collaborative
  • Singular focus on investment management
  • Open investment platform helps us avoid internal silos as we create solutions tailored to our clients’ needs
Experience and scale
  • We have managed assets for some of the largest DC plans in the world for over 20 years
  • One of the world’s largest subadvisers

OUR DC PHILOSOPHY

Research shows that historically there has been a meaningful shortfall in the returns of defined contribution plans versus those of defined benefit plans. Best practices in institutional investing can potentially help close this gap. Central to our investment philosophy is the belief that diversification, downside risk mitigation, and active management at compelling fees can be key drivers of retirement success.

DIVERSIFICATION

Whether using premixed investment options or constructing portfolios from a core menu, participants may be better served by having access to a broader set of asset classes.

downside mitigation

We think it is important to consider strategies that help diversify a portfolio by economic environment, asset class, and return source, including strategies with the potential to perform independently of the markets.

active management

DC plans have scale to obtain active management at compelling fees. Even modest incremental returns may have a meaningful impact on retirement outcomes. Wellington has a long history of successful active management and we believe DC plans should ensure they offer quality active choices to their participants.

CLIENT SOLUTIONS

We offer a comprehensive selection of core investment approaches:
• A broad range of high-quality core menu options
• Niche strategies that can be sleeves of a multi-manager, custom approach
• Multi-asset solutions for inflation hedging, preretirement/retirement

Our DC options

Collective investment trusts

Wellington Trust Company, NA, an affiliate of Wellington Management Company LLP, offers a variety of investment approaches through daily valued collective investment trusts that are available solely to certain qualified employee retirement plans.

Separate accounts

Wellington Management Company LLP offers management of separate accounts for DC plans interested in bespoke strategies with customized guidelines.

Mutual funds

Many of our strategies are available in mutual funds offered by our subadvisory clients.

MEET SOME OF OUR DC PROFESSIONALS

Robert Ball
Robert Ball

Robert P. Ball, CFA

Associate Director of the Global Relationship Group

Rob leads the firm’s US Defined Contribution business and manages one of the firm’s largest subadvisory relationships. He joined Wellington in 2004.

Jed Petty
Jed Petty

John E. (Jed) Petty, CFA

Director of DC Strategies and Relationship Manager

Jed serves as a partner to our defined contribution clients, assisting them with long-term investment strategy and policy issues. He joined Wellington in 2005 and has held positions based in the US and Singapore.

Chris Goolgasian
Chris Goolgasian

Christopher J. Goolgasian CFA, CPA, CAIA

Director, Investment Strategy, and Portfolio Manager

As director of Investment Strategy, Chris helps develop and manage a variety of defined contribution, tactical, absolute return, and alternative risk premia strategies for the firm’s clients. He joined Wellington in 2014.
Brendan MacKenzie
Brendan MacKenzie

Brendan M. MacKenzie, CFA

Business Development Manager

Brendan focuses on establishing and developing relationships with defined contribution consulting firms as well as corporate retirement plan sponsors. He joined Wellington in 2017.

Matthew McMenamy
Matthew McMenamy

Matthew L. McMenamy

Business Development Manager

Matt focuses on establishing and developing relationships with defined contribution consulting firms as well as corporate retirement plan sponsors. He joined Wellington in 2011.