ProActive Retirement

Retirement doesn’t mean what it used to. Your clients and their participants are facing a host of new challenges and expect comprehensive, thoughtful solutions. They rely on your expertise in this ever-changing environment, as well as your independent perspective, to help them achieve their objectives.

QDIA Solutions

We offer solutions in a variety of vehicles and share classes, providing QDIA (Qualified Default Investment Alternative) options for all of your plan sponsors’ needs.

Target Date Funds

We employ a non-traditional fund of funds structure and build our portfolios one security at a time. Unlike other target date funds, our approach is to use one team for both top level allocations as well as underlying security selection. As a result, this process avoids the common pitfalls caused by lack of coordination among portfolio managers.

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Risk-Based Funds

If a risk-based QDIA is a more appropriate match for a specific plan demographic, our options can provide participants with a proactive risk management approach to retirement investing.

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Manning & Napier’s lifecycle offerings include target date and risk-based mutual funds (Manning & Napier Fund, Inc. Target Series and Pro-Blend® Series) and affiliate collective investment trust (CIT) funds (Manning & Napier Pro-Mix® CIT Funds, Retirement Target CIT Funds, and GOAL® CIT Funds).

Because lifecycle funds invest in both stocks and bonds, the value of your investment will fluctuate in response to stock market movements and changes in interest rates. Investing in lifecycle funds also involves a number of other risks, including issuer-specific risk, foreign investment risk, and small-cap/mid-cap risk as the underlying investments change over time. Investments in options and futures, like all derivatives, can be highly volatile and involve risks in addition to the risks of the underlying instrument on which the derivative is based, such as counterparty, correlation and liquidity risk. Also, the use of leverage increases exposure to the market and may magnify potential losses. Additionally, some target date funds invest in other funds and therefore, may have additional risks associated with the underlying funds. Principal value is not guaranteed at any time, including at the target date (the approximate year when an investor plans to stop contributions and start periodic withdrawals).


Custom information, analytics, and tools designed to help retirement plan advisors support their plan sponsor clients.

Thumbnail Identify Your QDIA Solution »

Use QDIA Sync to evaluate your plan’s demographics and generate a report that provides a suitable QDIA solution, risk profile and investment characteristics.

Thumbnail Prioritize a Primary Objective

The key to managing plan failure risk is a coordinated benefits strategy. Use our Prioritizer to identify a primary objective and determine a strategic action plan.

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Our quarterly target date comparison report for fiduciaries evaluates multiple target date fund managers.

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Traditional fixed income offerings are no longer the "safe" option they once were. Use our interest rate tool to see the impact rates may have on a portfolio.

Investment Outlook

Leverage our in-depth research and economic analysis to help address your clients’ most critical concerns.

September 20, 2017

The True Cost of Higher Education

Student loan debt is a $1.3 trillion problem in the United States, and it’s showing few signs of slowing down. On average, borrowers owe a staggering 70% more upon graduation than their predecessors just a decade ago.

September 14, 2017

The Consumer Debt Burden [Infographic]

U.S. household debt has surpassed previous peak credit bubble levels. Check out our new infographic on proliferating consumer debt.

September 13, 2017

Converge, Volume 15: Fiduciaries: “Can someone just tell me what to do?”

Eight of ten employers say they’re concerned about an increase in fiduciary litigation. And more than a quarter listed fiduciary liability and litigation as their top 401(k) concern. Who can blame a fiduciary for thinking, "Can someone just tell me what I have to do?"

September 13, 2017

Converge, Volume 15: 3 Ways Participants are Driving a New Era of Menu Design

The industry has put immense effort into introducing new participants to retirement education and help preparing resources to assist in participants’ long-term needs. While the effort on behalf of those participants can and should continue to be a large focus, there needs to be an additional layer of planning, preparation, and servicing to those participants who are near or at retirement with a shorter time horizon, and full of diverse needs.

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Access resources on a variety of timely topics including fiduciary best practices, CITs, health savings accounts, QDIA due diligence, and more.

The Evolutionary Fiduciary

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Featured Topic The New Fiduciary Landscape

Recent changes from the Department of Labor are giving many financial professionals added responsibilities to act as ERISA-like fiduciaries. Check out our resources on how to better understand responsibilities and how to actively manage fiduciary risk.

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Collective Investment Trusts

Fee pressures make CITs a great option for many plan sponsors and they...

are easier to use than you may think. Our CIT resources help you make CITs as easy to use as mutual funds.

The Re-Emergence of Collective
Investment Trust Funds

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Our View Shedding Some Light on CITs

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Investment Vehicle Comparison

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Health Savings Accounts

A growing number of investors look to their financial planner for guidance...

on health benefits and projected medical expenses in retirement. Health savings accounts can help finance transitions at all life stages and savings objectives.

What is a Health Savings Account?

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HSA Guidebook for Retirement Plan Advisors

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Unlocking the Potential of Your HSA

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QDIA Due Diligence

With more regulatory scrutiny than ever, advisors need differentiated due...

diligence resources. Make a plan's demographics assessment a bigger part of your due diligence process.

Our View on Demographics

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Why Do I Need a QDIA?

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Raising the Bar on Target Date Due Diligence

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The QDIA Decision

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Health & Wealth Convergence

Most plan sponsors are thinking more about health benefits than retirement...

benefits. Use a holistic approach to make the retirement plan a relevant part of an employee benefits conversation.

Take Control: Understanding & Avoiding Plan Failure Risk

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Why Wellness Matters: The Real Cost to Employers of Unhealthy Employee Behaviors

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The Evolution of Employee Benefits

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Helping Employers and Employees Navigate the Health/Wealth Convergence

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Cash Balance Plans

Cash balance plans can be an attractive tax shelter. Learn more about..

how cash balance plans can benefit your small business owner or professional service clients.

Regulatory FAQs: Cash Balance Plans

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What is a Cash Balance Plan?

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Profit Sharing Allocation Methods - The Better Part of Discretion

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Participant Education

Retirement doesn't mean what it used to. The evolving expectations of...

retirement savings demand a proactive approach to participant education.

Our View Redefining Participant Education

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Increased Savings: The Best Risk Management Tool in the Retirement Readiness Equation

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An Introduction to Long-Term Care Insurance

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Understanding Health Insurance Options in Retirement

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Health Savings Accounts for Wealth Accumulation

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An Introduction to Life Insurance

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Manning & Napier Advisors, LLC (Manning & Napier) provides a broad range of investment solutions including mutual funds and collective investment trust funds. For more information about any of the Manning & Napier Fund, Inc. Series, please click here to view the Series' prospectuses. Before investing, carefully consider the objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the investment and read the prospectus carefully as it contains this and other information about the investment company.

Manning & Napier provides investment advisory services to Exeter Trust Company (ETC), Trustee of the Manning & Napier Collective Investment Trust Funds. The Collectives are available only for use within certain qualified employee benefit plans. The Manning & Napier Fund, Inc. is managed by Manning & Napier. Manning & Napier Investor Services, Inc., an affiliate of Manning & Napier and ETC, is the distributor of the Fund shares.

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