Test your CIT knowledge

Do you know the key features of collective investment trusts? Take our quiz and find out.

Warrick_headhsotI regularly talk with retirement plan sponsors who are considering collective investment trusts (CITs), along with mutual funds and other investment vehicles, as part of their investment menus. I find that their knowledge is growing about CITs (pooled investment funds designed exclusively for qualified retirement plans), but they still have many questions about how CITs work.

To help you gauge your knowledge about CITs (also known as collective trust funds, or CTFs), I developed this short quiz. There are no prizes — other than the CIT knowledge you need when developing your lineup of investment options for your plan participants. Answers are at the end.


Understanding the growing universe of collective investment trusts

As CITs rise in popularity, we examine the top questions surrounding the investment vehicles

Warrick_headhsotCollective investment trusts (CITs) — pooled investment funds designed exclusively for qualified retirement plans — have been garnering a lot of attention and assets in recent years. They account for $2.4 trillion (or 16%) of the $15 trillion invested in 401(k)s and pension plans, up from $1.3 trillion (12.7% of the total) in 2009, according to the Investment Company Institute and Cerulli Associates.1

One of the reasons I believe CITs are becoming more popular these days is the enhanced understanding plan fiduciaries and other decision-makers have about the investment vehicles. Such advisors, I believe, need to be well-versed in CITs to be able to objectively weigh their benefits and considerations. A lack of familiarity isn’t a good reason to ignore these investment vehicles, which may be appropriate for many plans.

To help with the information-gathering process, I’ve listed some of the top questions we receive from clients and prospects about CITs, along with answers I believe will help shed light on this growing investment trend.