Boards have oversight of retirement plans, but not at a deep level. They generally leave it to management, says Alan Johnson, managing director of compensation consulting firm Johnson Associates. That may be one reason why participation is low at many companies. “I think most companies have looked at 401(k)s as kind of a hygiene factor. You’ve got to have one and it needs to be reasonably competitive,” Johnson adds. “but if you’re well beyond the (minimum), it may not be a good use of (corporate) money.”

Agenda (A Financial Times Service) / March 19, 2018