The Principal Financial Group has been named the new retirement services provider for Lockton Companies. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Lockton is the world's largest privately held insurance brokerage firm.
Lockton provides risk management, insurance and employee benefits consulting services to 35,000 clients worldwide. The Principal®, a recognized leader in participant services1, is managing Lockton’s $375 million 401(k) plan that serves 3,300 eligible participants.
"Recognizing an opportunity to build on our successful physical wellness program, Lockton selected The Principal, in part, for one-on-one financial wellness planning through their Retire Secure Program," said Tom Clark, president of Lockton Investment Advisors. "They have the ability to link financial fitness to our overall program; ensuring Associates can ultimately retire healthy and financially independent."
Lockton’s wellness program incorporates both health and financial wellness. Associates who attend a financial wellness planning meeting in 2014 are awarded with points they can redeem for wellness rewards.
Even with over 90 percent of Associates already participating in the retirement program, Lockton consulted with The Principal to elevate the success of the program by modifying its retirement plan design. Now new Associates are automatically enrolled at a six percent deferral rate with automatic annual percent increases of one percent up to 10 percent.
"Lockton is on the forefront with a holistic program that incorporates both health and financial wellness," said Jacque Mohs, vice president of retirement and investor services at The Principal. "Their progressive 401(k) plan is designed to encourage effective savings rates toward successful retirements. Lockton shares our passion for designing plans that help get participants on track for effective retirement savings. We are very excited to be selected by Lockton to help their Associates build financially secure futures."
The Principal surpassed the industry benchmark for nearly every attribute measured in the most recent Boston Research Group Survey2 of defined contribution plan sponsors. The Principal is the highest rated firm for being effective in helping participants reach their financial goals for retirement.