Models of Financial Advice for Retirement Plans: Considerations for Plan Sponsors

Research Projects – Pension

The Society of Actuaries’ Committee on Post Retirement Needs and Risks is pleased to make available a report providing a comprehensive overview of the professional financial advice industry including the strengths and weaknesses of currently available approaches to providing (and receiving) financial advice, particularly as part of an employer-sponsored employee benefit. As well, it explores issues for plan sponsors to consider regarding financial advice. The report was authored by Michael Finke of Texas Tech University and Benjamin Cummings of Saint Joseph’s University.

Also available is a guide that employers can use when considering advice options for a company retirement plan. The guide was authored by Linda Koco.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the report, please contact Steve Siegel, Research Actuary at

The SOA’s Committee on Post Retirement Needs and Risks would like to thank the following members of the Project Oversight Group for their input:

  • Andrea Sellars
  • Anna Rapapport
  • Betty Meredith
  • Carol Bogosian
  • Cindy Levering
  • Cindy Hounsell
  • David Kaleda
  • Elvin Turner
  • Greg Gocek
  • Joe Tomlinson
  • John Migliaccio
  • Kelli Hueler
  • Linda Stone
  • Lynn Franzoi
  • Paula Hogan
  • Rick Miller
  • Sharon Lacy
  • Stuart Ritter
  • Tom Terry
  • Andrew Peterson, SOA Staff Fellow
  • Steve Siegel, SOA Research Actuary
  • Barbara Scott, SOA Research Administrator