Managed accounts are little more than a blip on the 401(k) qualified default investment alternative landscape. That could begin to change, however, as participants age and their retirement investment requirements become less easily satisfied by cookie-cutter target date funds, and the asset management fees associated with managed accounts begin to drop in the face of increasing market competition.

Such a trend could also be fueled by a greater regulatory clarity over the ability of plan sponsors to establish different QDIAs based on participant age.

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