Written By: Michael P. Ryan and Brenda J. Cude
Most private sector employees have access to defined contribution retirement plans while public sector employees often may choose defined benefit or defined contribution plans. This research utilized a survey of faculty to analyze retirement plan satisfaction. Advice from a financial planner was positively associated with satisfaction with portability. Retirement plan knowledge was negatively associated with satisfaction with the decision period. Selection of a defined benefit plan was positively related to four aspects of satisfaction and negatively related to regret. Financial planners assisting individuals who face such choices should acknowledge the decision’s challenges and evaluate the client’s level of retirement planning knowledge. Focusing on long-term goals and the client’s investment and mobility risk tolerance may be helpful, especially after market corrections.