Unsteady savings: Rising interest rates will buoy revenue, but unemployment will limit contributions

IBISWorld’s Retirement & Pension Plans market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Rather than fund retirement, individuals are rebuilding savings accounts and paying off debt
  • The Pension Protection Act passed in 2006 forces employers to balance defined benefit funds
  • Movement toward DC and IRA plans will accelerate as employers seek to reduce liability

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Revenue for the Retirement and Pension Plans industry is composed of contributions from employers and, to a lesser extent, employees, as well as returns on invested assets. Assets represent the amount of accumulated contributions and investment returns that employers ultimately use to pay out retirement benefits. The dramatic decline in assets during the recession reduced pension plans' funded ratios, which are assets divided by obligations. Over the five years to 2021, funded ratios are projected to improve, with industry assets maintaining steady growth as well. This growth will be limited by the sale of assets to support the increasing number of beneficiaries reaching retirement...

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    Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The US Retirement and Pension Plan industry has moderate barriers to entry, despite a low level of concentration, due to significant regulatory requirements and competition from DC plans and other investment and savings vehicles, including life insurance policies, annuities, hedge funds and mutual funds.

    Regulatory requirements

    Given the social importance of retirement savings, there are a number of regulations that affect the Retirement and Pension Plans industry. One key theme is the duty of care that must be undertaken by those involved (fiduciaries) in executing control over fund assets. Some of the rules that apply include the Prudent Man Rule and the Diversification Requirement, which seek to minimize risks and protect assets.


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    Additional Insights for the Retirement & Pension Plans Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Retirement & Pension Plans Industry are

  • Ability to produce consistent investment returns
  • Company profitability
  • Ability to maintain adequate asset reserves
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    Industry Products

    What is the Retirement & Pension Plans Industry?

    This industry is composed of private and public pension funds that provide retirement saving and income benefits exclusively for the sponsor’s employees or members. Plans are based on defined benefit and exclude defined contribution. Revenue in this industry refers to total contributions plus net investment income or losses, while establishments refer to the number of funds. Fees from portfolio management or other third-party services are not included in this report.

    Industry Products
    Private defined benefit plans
    State and local government defined benefit plans
    Federal defined benefit plans
    Industry Activities
    Providing defined benefit plans to beneficiaries
    Collecting employer and employee contributions
    Investing in assets to meet obligations

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • S&P 500
  • Yield on 10-year Treasury note
  • National unemployment rate
  • Number of adults aged 65 and older

  • Current Performance
  • Steadily stabilizing
  • Focusing on underfunded plans
  • Transitioning from DB to DC
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • DC plans and IRAs are the future
  • Underfunded plans remain top priority
  • Table: Retirement & Pension Plans Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Retirement & Pension Plans Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Accounting Services
  • Law Firms
  • Life Insurance & Annuities
  • Open-End Investment Funds
  • Portfolio Management

  • Products & Services
  • Private defined benefit plans
  • State and local government defined benefit plans
  • Federal defined benefit plans
  • Chart: Retirement & Pension Plans Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • State and local government employees
  • Private sector employees
  • Federal government employees
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Retirement & Pension Plans Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitBenefit paymentsOutside fund management fees Wages
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Retirement & Pension Plans

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Retirement & Pension Plans Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Retirement & Pension Plans Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Retirement & Pension Plans Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • S&P 500 (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Defined Benefit (Db) Plan
  • Company retirement plan (i.e. pension plan) in which a retired employee receives a specified amount of base salary depending on employment history. The employer bears all investment risk.
  • Defined Contribution (Dc) Plan
  • Company retirement plan in which the employee elects to defer a specified amount of salary into a retirement account. Income depends on the size of the investment and is not defined.
  • Individual Retirement Account (Ira)
  • Tax-deferred retirement account that allows individuals to set aside money on an annual basis. Taxes on earnings are deferred until withdrawal. This type of account is not employer-sponsored.
  • Pension Fund
  • Also known as pension fund sponsor. Refers to the actual fund. Funds are generally organized and "sponsored" by companies, government entities or labor unions.
  • Roth Ira
  • Individual retirement account (IRA) that differs from traditional IRAs in that contributions are not tax-deferrable.
  • Tax Qualified Plan
  • Retirement plan that is eligible for favorable tax treatment because it meets the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code Section 401(a) and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
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