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Towers-Watson: DB plans outperform DC plans

DB plans enjoyed a 2.74 percent rate of return in 2011, compared with a return of -0.22 percent for DC plans.
DB plans enjoyed a 2.74 percent rate of return in 2011, compared with a return of -0.22 percent for DC plans.

Employer-sponsored defined benefit pension plans outperformed defined contribution plans in 2011 by nearly 3 percentage points, new research shows.

Global professional services firm Towers Watson arrives at this conclusion in a 2013 report, “Corporate Finance Matters.” The survey compares the median investment returns of defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) plans annually between 1995 and 2011, the most recent year for which data is available.

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