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10 Biggest 401k Companies in America

The 10 biggest 401k companies in America, such as Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE:SCHW), are likely responsible for handling that nest egg you’re trying to grow on your way to a comfortable retirement.

Everyone wants to retire comfortably and with money to spend on vacations and hobbies, not to mention the medicine and treatments they’ll likely need as they get older. Hence, a retirement plan (such as the 401k for private, for-profit companies and the 403b for their non-profit counterparts) is an important consideration when it comes to the compensation of the average American employee. Hence, if a company wants to keep its best employees with a good compensation package, it is good for the company to select a reputable 401k plan provider. Because while the 401k package will ultimately depend on the company, a good 401k company can also help with keeping track of benefits and assets tied with the plan.



Plansponsor, an online information source on America’s retirement benefit providers, has conducted an annual survey on the monetary and operational performance of the 55 retirement plan providers for the past 19 years. For its latest survey, Plansponsor looked into figures for the providers’ statements regarding their retirement plan services. These 55 providers of defined contribution recordkeeping services (including 401k, as well as other retirement nest egg schemes such as 403b, profit sharing, and others) account for more than $6 trillion in assets and are estimated to represent approximately 85% of the total defined contribution market. The figures in the latest survey were as of December 31, 2016.

The 2017 survey from Plansponsor has adequate information about the managed assets for each of the 55 companies, as well as the number of plans and participants, and the percentage of plans that are classified as 401k. Unfortunately, the survey did not distinguish which of the monetary assets are under 401k plans, so we can’t determine how large the providers’ 401k assets are, nor how many 401k participants each provider supports. However, the survey included a ranking of the companies that have the highest 401k assets per participant, so that list will be our main basis on which 401k companies are ranked. After all, that’s the figure that should be the most crucial to know for 401k holders, as it determines how capable a 401k provider is in paying participants.

For this list of the 10 biggest 401k companies in America, which are Charles Schwab, Conduent Inc (NYSE:CNDT), Fidelity Investments, Kidder Benefits Consultants Inc., Northwest Plan Services Inc., Prudential Financial Inc (NYSE:PRU), TCG Administrators, T. Rowe Price Group Inc (NASDAQ:TROW), Vanguard Group Inc., and Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA), we ranked them according to the amount of assets per 401k participant that the company provides, and also provided certain financial information such as total number of participants and assets under management. Check out the list beginning on the next page.

Insider Monkey also has a list of the top 10 financial services companies in the Fortune 500, for those of you who want to know which company is the biggest when it comes to all financial services.

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