Experienced retirement plan advisers represent a small fraction of the overall number of advisers working with defined-contribution plans, but they control a staggering amount of the assets.
Together, the elite DC-plan advisers, the most specialized group, and core advisers, a middle-tier group, represent 10% of all advisers getting paid on or managing a DC plan, but hold 68% of the adviser-controlled plan assets, according to figures from The Retirement Advisor University.
"Emerging" advisers, the least specialized of the bunch, represent the remaining 90% of DC-plan advisers and remainder of the $3.56 trillion in adviser-controlled plan assets. DC plans hold $7 trillion in aggregate.
Market forces and regulation, including the Labor Department's fiduciary rule, are squeezing some emerging advisers out of the DC market, and the core and elite group will likely swell as a result, according to some observers.
"I could see elites doubling in the next three to five years," said Fred Barstein, chief executive of The Retirement Advisor University. "And I could see the same thing with the core."
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