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Each episode offers employers candid, in-depth interviews with industry experts, new best practices and valuable perspectives on current events.  

Episode Guest:

Glenn Dial

Managing Director, 

Head of Retirement Strategy

Allianz Global Investors

Is Your 401(k) a Savings Plan or a Retirement Plan?

Guest: Glenn Dial

Ok, so you offer a 401(k) plan for your employees, you review participation and contribution rates, analyze your investments and negotiate plan fees.  You should feel good that you have taken many of the steps to be a diligent retirement plan fiduciary.  But, if you truly want to provide your employees with a 401(k) that is more than a just a savings plan, if you want to develop a benefit that both your employees and company will value, there is more work to be done to make that leap to provide a true retirement plan.  As you will hear, my guest Glenn Dial, Managing Director and Head of Retirement Strategy at Allianz Global Investors has given this transformational concept a lot of thought and has some great insights to share with our listeners.  We hit a few thought provoking questions such as is it wrong to focus on promoting a 401(k) savings plan which uses high average participant account balances as the measurement of success?  We also delve into strategies on how to move and measure your progress of transitioning from a 401(k) savings plan to a retirement plan.  Glenn also shares thoughts on how to address and answer questions around measuring the return on investment from employer contributions.  On that note, we also discuss if you want to develop more of a retirement plan, should that employer contribution be a match or profit sharing contribution, and how does an increasingly more mobile workforce factor into this conversation? 


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Guest Bio

Mr. Glenn Dial is a managing director with Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 2011 as Head of Retirement Strategy. Mr. Dial has more than 20 years of retirement-industry experience. He previously held senior-management positions with JPMorgan and Ceridian. Mr. Dial holds three patents as the co-inventor of the “method and system for evaluating target-date funds” and is also credited with developing the target-date fund category system commonly referred to as “To versus Through.” He is the author of a monthly newsletter titled, “Dialed In to Retirement.”

Glenn is one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Defined Contribution industry according to the survey in 2015, 2014, 2013.


He has a B.S. /B.A. in finance from the University of Central Florida and an M.B.A. from Rollins College. 

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