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Specialized Solutions for Your
Organization’s Retirement Plan

Whether you are focused on fulfilling fiduciary obligations, driving workforce financial wellness, navigating a complex regulatory landscape, mitigating risk, or containing costs, we can help you prioritize and achieve your plan goals. Our customizable suite of solutions is designed to improve employee outcomes while specifically addressing your top concerns as plan fiduciary.

Fiduciary Investment Services

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Investment Advice and Fiduciary Support

As a plan sponsor, your goal is to provide your employees a retirement plan that meets their unique needs. Yet, you face no shortage of responsibilities, including selecting and monitoring an appropriate investment menu, providing related services suitable to your specific workforce, and making sure fees are reasonable based on the services provided. We offer two types of Fiduciary Investment Services to support you in managing these critical responsibilities with confidence. Our experienced service teams provide you with tailored solutions to help meet your fiduciary obligations and the needs of your employees.

3(21) Investment Advisory Service

We provide you with the analytics, education and advice you need to navigate the investment selection and monitoring process, while you retain discretion over your plan’s investment lineup. Through our rigorous quantitative and qualitative screening process, we evaluate investment options and present recommendations to help you create an investment menu.

3(38) Investment Management Service

You delegate discretion over your plan’s investment lineup to us. We assume responsibility for selecting, monitoring, and, if necessary, removing and replacing your plan’s investment options.


Comprehensive Design and Investment Oversight

Built to save you time and to help protect your organization, our Fiduciary Investment Services employ a thorough and well-documented process for investment selection and monitoring. Our experienced team of investment professionals uses a proven approach of qualitative and quantitative due diligence to select and monitor investment options and our proprietary, multi-phased investment screening process subjects your investment lineup to regular review and oversight using our weighted scoring methodology for active, passive, and target date funds. You receive documentation of our rigorous ongoing monitoring which includes prompt, insightful, quarterly reporting with fund performance and fiduciary monitoring results in one consolidated report.


Value-Added Fiduciary Support

To provide a balanced view of fee reasonableness and provider quality, you are offered a retirement plan fee and service benchmarking report through an independent third party as part of our Fiduciary Investment Services. In addition, you are offered a provider price comparison via request for information (RFI) and we can assist you in conducting a formal request for proposal (RFP) to identify a plan recordkeeper that meets your plan's needs. You are provided fiduciary compliance assistance as well as access to our thorough collection of fiduciary education with training and resources including best practices for investment committees, formal fiduciary education for committee members, and documentation for the maintenance of your plan’s fiduciary file.


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Risk Mitigation

Plan fiduciaries that use our Fiduciary Investment Services can expect protection from liability arising from certain third-party claims asserting a failure to exercise the appropriate standard of care under ERISA with respect to the selection and monitoring of the plan’s investment lineup as provided in the account agreement. This protection is available when that lineup is built using the approved investment options recommended through our Fiduciary Investment Services.

Employee Education Solutions

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Organizational Success Through Retirement Readiness

You are motivated to help your employees become retirement ready because you care about their wellbeing and you know recruiting top talent, retaining talented employees, and improving your workforce’s financial wellness are vital to the success of your organization. We can help your workforce become better equipped for retirement by taking a holistic approach to employee education, while minimizing your administrative burden and delivering targeted campaigns designed to achieve the employee financial success goals you identify. Our Employee Education Solutions were developed to help meet the diverse needs of your workforce by providing robust resources that deliver measurable results for your organization.


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Consultative Education for Your Unique Workforce

Despite best efforts, your employees may still be underprepared for retirement. Education Consulting Services, our core employee education offering, provides customizable instruction to assist individuals along their path to retirement readiness. Our client-centric process focuses on understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your workforce and on working with you to develop and implement a formal annual education campaign to achieve goals you help identify. Tailored solutions designed to support your workforce’s unique needs may include in-person employee meetings, webinars, employee surveys, written communications, and more.


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Targeted Educational Outreach with Personalized Engagement

Your employees may be inadequately invested in your retirement plan because they are overwhelmed or confused by its features. We created Retirement 1-on-1® with the goal of elevating retirement readiness for individuals not fully engaged in your plan along with eligible employees who have not yet enrolled. We analyze plan data to identify specific target groups who are then offered proactive, personalized, in-depth consultation via telephone with a real person who can help each employee successfully navigate your plan and work toward maximizing their retirement readiness. 


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Comprehensive Financial Training with Incentivized Learning

Your employees may be struggling to meet basic expenses or may not know where to begin when it comes to saving for a mortgage or college expenses. This can cause financial stress that can affect their ability to save for retirement and workplace productivity. The PNC Financial Wellness Achievement CenterSM provides educational resources curated to fit the needs and interests of each employee based upon their unique profile and individual behavior. The interactive digital platform incentivizes learning with a points system designed to motivate engagement with personalized learning tools. Extensive analytics provide insight into employee usage and progress toward goals, which can be used to inform future employee education.


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We're globally recognized for our OCIO solutions

The Pensions & Investments Top 20 Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO) ranking includes assets under management with PNC’s 3(38) Investment Management Service.

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The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (“PNC”) uses the marketing name PNC Institutional Asset Management® for the various discretionary and non-discretionary institutional investment, trustee, custody, consulting, and related services provided by PNC Bank, National Association (“PNC Bank”), which is a Member FDIC, and investment management activities conducted by PNC Capital Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered investment adviser and wholly-owned subsidiary of PNC Bank. PNC uses the marketing names Retirement 1-on-1® and PNC Financial Wellness Achievement CenterSM for employee education services provided by PNC Bank. PNC does not provide legal, tax, or accounting advice unless, with respect to tax advice, PNC Bank has entered into a written tax services agreement. PNC Bank is not registered as a municipal advisor under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

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