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Friday, April 16, 2010

American Funds Still Rules

Reported by Daniel Tovrov

The 401k Round Up is a weekly column aimed at keeping mutual fund industry insiders updated on what's happening in the 401(k) industry. Below are quick takes on stories that originally appeared on The MFWire's sister publication, The 401kWire.
American Funds mutual funds are still the the first choice in retirement plans. The company had five of the top 20 most popular mutual funds in plans, the big winner being the Growth of America Fund, which was in 70 to 75 percent of all plans. The Pimco Total Return was next in line and is inside 50 to 60 percent of retirement plans.

Surprisingly, Baron Small Cap was high on the list. The fund was present in 20 to 30 percent of plans even though Baron puts far fewer resources into DC-IO than some other firms. Davis Funds, another small retirement player, also sat among giants. The Davis NY Venture Fund was in 25 to 30 percent of DC plans.

Charles Schwab had the most used target date fund, followed by Barclays Global Investors and T. Rowe Price.

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Sentinel Investments grew its defined contribution investment only team, as part of a larger sales team expansion. David Kania was hired as a regional retirement director covering the eastern U.S. 

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