401k Plan Sponsors

A Commitment to Plan Participants

We have extensive experience providing retirement plan investment solutions designed to help participants achieve retirement success. Considered a pioneer of lifecycle investing, we have helped plan participants build and protect retirement wealth for more than four decades. Through our full array of fund offerings, we are committed to achieving a better financial future for plan participants.

QDIA Solutions

Market environments can change dramatically over the length of time that a participant is saving for retirement. Helping protect participant balances in tough times is critical, particularly in the plan’s QDIA (Qualified Default Investment Alternative), an investment solution that may hold the majority of a participant’s retirement wealth. We believe plan participants benefit from continuous oversight and ongoing portfolio adjustments as market conditions change. Our goal is to maximize outcomes while minimizing risk to help participants meet their retirement savings needs.

Target Date Funds

Manning & Napier employs a non-traditional fund-of-funds structure, investing each of our target date funds in managed portfolios of stocks and bonds. This unique approach ensures coordinated portfolio management decisions.


Risk-Based Funds

If you feel a risk-based QDIA is a more appropriate match for your participant demographics, our options provide participants with an active risk management approach to retirement investing.

Mutual Funds

Learn more about our solutions

Our team is here to answer any questions you may have. Contact us if you would like to learn more about the retirement plan investment solutions that we offer our institutional clients.

Thought Leadership

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

  • March 04, 2021

    Three Industries that Shouldn’t Be Ignored

    The best investments can often be the ones no one is talking about. The technology is too new or overlooked. The company is turning around but investors don’t believe it yet. Or, sometimes, the business is just so boring that no one bothers to even take a look. Part of our job as an active …
  • March 01, 2021

    March Perspective

    Bond Market Temper Tantrum Bond yields rose substantially in February as a combination of slowing COVID transmission rates, widespread vaccine rollouts, and expected government stimulus measures boost investor optimism that a full economic reopening is on the horizon. Perversely, all the …
  • February 23, 2021

    Taking Advantage of a Golden Opportunity

    We regularly hear concern from clients about everything that is going on today. How am I going to save for retirement in such a turbulent, difficult time? In many ways, saving and investing has never felt so strange. Today, interest rates on traditionally safe bonds are near zero, if not below; …
  • February 18, 2021

    The Value of Gold in a Portfolio

    For thousands of years, people have used gold to trade goods and services, store wealth, and protect against the pernicious effects of inflation. While gold may not be as essential to the plumbing of our financial system as it was decades ago, it remains a popular investment. The United States …

Manning & Napier's lifecycle offerings include risk-based mutual funds and collective investment trusts (CIT), the Manning & Napier Fund, Inc. Pro-Blend® Series and  Manning & Napier Pro-Mix® CITs, and target date (age-based) CITs, the Manning & Napier Retirement Target CITs.

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).