Defined Contribution

Building better retirement plans

Retirement is more complex than ever before. That’s why many of the world’s largest defined contribution (DC) plans trust BlackRock with their participants’ futures.

How we partner with DC advisors

BlackRock’s DC team can help you offer innovative solutions, informed by two decades of experience with participant behavior and changing markets. Our investment-only model is built to help plan sponsors put participant interests first—offering an unbiased approach across the industry’s deepest range of investments.
Innovative solutions
As a pioneer in target date, index and data-driven alpha strategies, we continue to evolve to help meet changing client needs.
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Plan design and investment analytics
With industry leading tools, we can help you evaluate plan design and investment menu construction for your clients and prospects.
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Participant communications
Our deep suite of resources are designed to offer strategies to help participants with their defined contribution plan.
Practice management
We deliver the latest industry trends and issues on fiduciary responsibility, fee transparency and effective plan reviews.

Learn more about DC at BlackRock

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Our investment solutions

Defined contribution plans have become the primary way most Americans save for retirement. Let BlackRock DC help you design a plan that’s built to achieve participants’ retirement goals.

Strategic plan design
Begin optimizing your DC plan for your participants with our plan analysis and reenrollment resources.
Updates from the Path
Get timely insights on a broad range of issues that inform our research and investment approach for LifePath® every quarter.
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Retirement plan advisor tools

We help meet unique plan design needs through our dedicated suite of retirement tools.

Strengthen your practice with BlackRock DC

Understand trending topics in the industry to support your practice and client conversations.

Participant engagement
Our participant engagement resources incorporate best practices shaped by decades of DC experience.
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Explore reenrollment
Looking to drive retirement readiness? Reenrollment is one of the most impactful tools at your disposal.

Our latest retirement insights

  • To spend or not to spend?

    Mar 3, 2021 | By BlackRock
    Insight into how retirees think about spending and investing in retirement to better understand the motivations and biases driving asset spending numbers.
  • Retirement income for better outcomes

    Feb 25, 2021 | By BlackRock
    We believe helping deliver retirement income remains a critical element of an employer’s benefits package. Here are our core principles for meaningful in-plan retirement income offerings.
  • Emergency Savings = Better Retirement?

    Nov 11, 2020 | By BlackRock
    A financial emergency can undermine retirement savings. Helping participants to be more financially secure today can translate into more long-term savings.
  • What the election means for retirement savings

    Oct 21, 2020 | By BlackRock
    With work on the SECURE Act 2.0 likely to continue, learn how both parties remain committed to strengthening retirement security for Americans.
  • Running the numbers on retirement readiness

    Sep 7, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Using data-driven plan design recommendations from BlackRock's Future in Focus® tool may help make the case for better participant outcomes.
  • Reenrollment: Get a bigger impact from your best thinking

    Jul 30, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Plan sponsors put a great deal of effort into helping participants save and build retirement security. But are they reaching everybody?
  • Participants comfortable with investing, risk, tech, per survey

    Jul 7, 2020 | By BlackRock
    According to our BlackRock survey, participants are more comfortable with investing and tech, and more realistic about retirement than most investors.
  • Resilience check-up: How did your plan hold up?

    Jun 9, 2020 | By BlackRock
    A post-volatility checklist for the QDIA, plan design and participant communications.
  • Global vision, local benefits: A framework for multi-national companies

    Jun 3, 2020 | By BlackRock
    A growing number of multi-national companies are embracing a globally-coordinated approach to managing their retirement plans. Learn more about our framework.
  • Participants show surprising confidence despite COVID-19

    May 14, 2020 | By BlackRock
    The 2020 DC Pulse Survey explores how participants remained confident and more committed to retirement savings during COVID-19.
  • Creating the new retirement

    May 4, 2020 | By BlackRock
    DC plans need to evolve faster. We believe new solutions will be found in the competition of ideas in the retirement industry market place.
  • Four charts to help set the course

    Apr 30, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Plan sponsors are already reviewing their plans and thinking about the challenges and opportunities that may come next. Here are four charts to learn from.
  • Driving well-being through retirement preparedness

    Apr 22, 2020 | By BlackRock
    The annual Defined Contribution Pulse Survey explores how plan sponsors can help drive well-being through retirement preparedness. Find out more here.
  • ERISA attorney warns: Take care with the CARES Act

    Apr 16, 2020 | By BlackRock
    ERISA attorney Marcia Wagner say topline summaries of the Act are useful, but may lead to potentially damaging mistaken assumptions.
  • What to tell participants about tapping into their retirement savings

    Mar 23, 2020 | By BlackRock
    What to tell participants about borrowing from their DC plans during market volatility.
  • Market volatility: 3 actions for plan sponsors

    Mar 12, 2020 | By BlackRock
    What plan sponsors can do to help participants combat fear and stay invested during market volatility.
  • Securities lending: What’s in it for participants?

    Mar 4, 2020 | By BlackRock
    The evolution of securities lending helps make the case to reexamine the potential benefits and risks for your plan. Learn about lending funds in DC.
  • 3 myths about sustainability and DC

    Feb 20, 2020 | By BlackRock
    The time is now to protect the future that participants are saving for through sustainable investing. Learn more about sustainable investing in retirement.
  • Taking advantage of the SECURE Act

    Jan 28, 2020 | By BlackRock
    The SECURE Act contains key provisions that plan sponsors and providers can take advantage of to help participants better establish retirement security.
  • Will the SECURE Act live up to its name?

    Jan 13, 2020 | By BlackRock
    We believe new solutions will be found in the competition of ideas in the retirement industry marketplace.
  • Are retirees spending their savings effectively?

    Dec 12, 2019 | By BlackRock
    Retiring participants may need more help transitioning into a decumulation mindset. Find out why.
  • Do international bonds improve target date funds?

    Dec 5, 2019 | By BlackRock
    Adding international bonds to target date funds in an attempt to help improve diversification is debatable. Learn why we caution against this tactic.
  • Building effective participant communications

    Dec 3, 2019 | By BlackRock
    Every plan communications is a chance to address gaps that plan design may not reach and to reinforce the goals of the diversified investment menu. Here’s how you can tap into the full potential that communications hold.
  • Human capital and target date funds

    Dec 3, 2019 | By BlackRock
    Human capital data should drive a target date fund's glidepath. Learn why this is crucial to having an effective workplace savings plan for participants.
  • Best Intentions: The unintended consequences of plan design

    Nov 15, 2019 | By BlackRock
    The most carefully considered plan design decisions may have unexpected results and even successful implementations reveal the limits of baseline assumptions.
  • Income reimagined: expanding DC from saving to spending

    Oct 14, 2019 | By BlackRock
    Embedding retirement income in default investment options may help overcome participants' behavioral biases against adopting sustainable income solutions.
  • Target date funds and the new active management

    Oct 4, 2019 | By Philip Green
    LifePath Dynamic manager Phil Green discusses “the new active’ and its potential role in enhancing target date fund returns. Understand how.
  • 9 misconceptions about company stock

    Sep 12, 2019 | By BlackRock
    Explore nine common misconceptions about company stock and what actions plan sponsors can take to help mitigate their risk.
  • How should target date funds hedge inflation?

    Mar 8, 2019 | By BlackRock
    New BlackRock research into human capital offers new insight into how and when target date funds need to manage inflation. Learn about these strategies here.

Meet our team

With regional offices throughout the United States, BlackRock’s dedicated defined contribution team serves as consultative partners to clients as well as thought leaders on industry trends.

Matt Soifer, CFA
Managing Director, Head of Distribution within BlackRock's Retirement Group
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Jeff Stevens
Director, Head of Advisor Sold External Sales within BlackRock's Retirement Group
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Dan Yifru
Director, Head of Advisor Sold Internal Sales within BlackRock's Retirement Group
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Meet our team
Contact your local BlackRock DC consultant for access to tools, resources, insight and expertise to help grow and enhance your business.

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