CITs are gaining market share as stakeholders become more cognizant of the potential benefits they can provide.
Over 290% growth from 2011 to 2021
CIT assets are
($5,493 billion in 2021)
Source: Cerulli Associates, The Cerulli Report - US Defined Contribution Distribution 2022: Tailoring Solutions to the Consultant-Intermediated Fiduciary Landscape. There is no assurance that any investment strategy will be successful.
CIT governance is shaped by a triad of influences. State and federal banking laws, federal securities laws, and ERISA all inform the requirements of administering and maintaining CITs using prudent oversight.
In general, CITs have lower administrative, marketing, and distribution costs versus mutual funds with similar strategies.
CITs are tax-exempt. As a result, the trustee generally is able to make investment decisions without tax considerations.
By selecting a CIT, the plan sponsor is relieved from fiduciary responsibility for the day-to-day investment management decisions made on behalf of the CIT and remains responsible only for prudently overseeing and monitoring the CIT and its trustee.
Here are two questions
We encourage plan sponsors and their team to consider these questions as you explore various vehicle choices for defined contribution plans:
How can you optimize to better fulfill the investment needs of your participants?
What impact would the potential for lower fees and enhanced flexibility have on your participant’s long-term investment goals?
"As interest in CITs continues to surge in employer-sponsored retirement plans, we see a prime opportunity to streamline the use of these investment vehicles and to provide greater access to them for plan sponsors, advisors, recordkeepers and participants."
- Rob Barnett; President & Chief Executive Officer
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