A Group retirement plan provides plan members with many advantages when compared to a Retail retirement plan.  The largest advantage to a group retirement plan is that the Investment Management Fees (IMF) members pay are typically much lower than Retail fees which are calculated by the Management Expense Ratio (MER’s).  Group program pricing is determined by aggregate plan members and assets. The OLTCA Group Retirement plan pools together the retirement assets for more than 80 homes across Ontario.  The more money in the plan, the lower the IMFs.   Retail products generally have fixed pricing.

Group retirement plans also offer access to different retail and institutional fund managers that are not available from a traditional Retail plan. On average, nearly 70% of the funds available through an insurance provider are managed by external portfolio managers whereas Retail retirement products offer only their internal portfolio managers. Our analysis of historical returns shows a clear advantage to the Group retirement providers largely due to access to specialized fund managers with specific focus on the asset class they operate in.  Additionally, the fund lineup for a Group plan is customized, which allows the plan sponsor to include fund choices based upon a best in class evaluation.  A custom fund lineup creates a better environment for members to make an active choice as it helps to avoid overwhelming members with a large list of funds.

The following chart breaks down the key differences between the OLTCA Retirement Plan and Retail Retirement Plans:

 OLTCA Retirement PlanRetail Retirement Plan
Minimum Balance RequiredNoYes
Custom FeesYesNo
Customized Fund LineupYesNo
Fund Managers70% external 30% internal20% external 80% internal
EnrollmentThrough employer/onlineOften through bank branch
Fund Manager ReviewQualitative and qualitative
done semi annually
No external review process
Sales Calls on Additional ProductsNoYes

 

Funds invested through a Group plan have significantly lower costs than Retail plans. The below chart illustrates the impact of lower Investment Management Fees (IMF) on members’ retirement savings1.

Years of
Contribution
Total Contributions
to Plan
Total Account Value After FeesAdditional Retirement Income
2.0% – Average Retail Fee1.0% – Average Group Retirement Fee
10 Years$40,000$48,936$51,923$2,987
20 Years$80,000$118,870$134,054$15,184
30 Years$120,000$218,814$263,972$45,158

1 Based on 5.75% estimated annualized rate return and $4000 yearly investment by the member

 

The Leslie Group monitors trends in the group retirement and retail markets and can assist you in taking advantage of this unique offering to OLTCA members. The Leslie Group can be reached at (416) 510- 8966.