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.

  • June 22, 2021

    A Closer Look at the Housing Market

    The pressure was building for years, and the global pandemic struck the match. The US housing market is on fire. Residential homes are going for 10, 20, and even 30 percent or more over list price. There are stories of open houses so full there’s no room to move, and anecdotes of bidding wars …
  • June 09, 2021

    A Case Study: Helping a Widow and Family Through a Loss

    It’s our mission and top priority: Partnering with families during their working years, through retirement, and on to the next generation. We’re successful when you are successful in achieving your financial goals. Eventually, our relationships with individuals transition at a client’s death, …
  • June 07, 2021

    Collective Investment Trusts – An Important Fiduciary Consideration

    In recent years, many employers have frozen their defined benefit plans as 401(k) and other defined contribution plans have grown to become the primary retirement savings vehicles. Given that popularity, the structure and cost of 401(k) plans has come under greater scrutiny, resulting in an …
  • June 04, 2021

    Our View on Inflation

    Executive Summary Inflation is rising, and we expect it to continue rising in the near-term We believe these above-trend price increases will be relatively short-lived as the economy works through a variety of transitory issues Long-term structural forces should continue to keep …

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).