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DB(k) Plan

Source: Investopedia
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DB(k) Plan

What is 'DB(k) Plan'

A retirement plan that combines some of the characteristics of a 401(k) plan with those of a defined benefit (DB) plan. Funds can be voluntarily contributed to the DB(k) plan just as they can with a 401(k) plan, with the employer retaining the option to match the funds up to a certain percentage. Upon retirement, the employer will also pay the employee a small percentage of his or her salary, which is similar to a traditional pension.


The DB(k) plan was included in the Pension Protection Act of 2006.

Explaining 'DB(k) Plan'

The DB(k) plan was designed to provide businesses with a way to attract employees, since many investors worry that their entire savings could be wiped out in a down market. Retaining the pension characteristic means that the retiree will still have a source of income, regardless of the performance of the 401(k) portion of the plan.


Additional Resources

  1. Behavioral Economics Perspectives On Public Sector Pension Plans [research.hks.harvard.edu]
  2. Defined Contribution Plans, Defined ... [economics.mit.edu]
  3. Contributions To Defined Contribution Pension Plans [faculty.som.yale.edu]
  4. Defined Contribution Plans, Defined Benefit Plans ... [web.stanford.edu]
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