Fiduciary Solutions

We help the retirement plan community achieve their intended investment objectives through our institutional 3(21) and 3(38) Fiduciary Partnership Services, fiduciary technology and reporting, and customized default solutions.

For institutional investors 

A dependable outsourced fiduciary pioneer

Our team of experts has delivered a full suite of fiduciary services to recordkeepers, sponsors, advisors and participants through easy-to-understand investment programs since 2006. 


Our research team continually explores trends in retirement investing.   


Video: Leaders in lifetime income

Chris O'Neill

Chris O’Neill talks about the importance of integrating lifetime income into the default solution through custom target date funds that have a guaranteed income sleeve.


Target Date Funds: An industry overview

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Target Date Funds (TDFs) are often used in a QDIA setting as a means of providing retirement savers with a one-stop solution. We provide an overview of asset class allocations for the TDF lifecycle glide paths and benchmarks.

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Putting value on “Peace of Mind”

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We propose an innovative evaluation framework for Guaranteed Retirement Income (GRI) products based on their individual merits and compare them to retirement income strategies constructed from ordinary investments that a typical investor would use within a defined contribution plan.

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Inflation hedges: Portfolio implications

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Financial assets, in general, perform very poorly in high inflation environments, with negative inflation-adjusted (real) returns being the norm. This paper reviews a variety of potential inflation hedge strategies including TIPS, specific equity sectors (like energy), commodities and REITs.

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Explore our solutions

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Fiduciary Partnership Services

We are an industry pioneer in providing fiduciary services for plan sponsors and their advisors.*

ERISA 3(21): “Help Me Do It”
ERISA 3(38): “Do It For Me”

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Fiduciary Technology and Reporting

Through Mesirow Financial FAST®, broker-dealers and other financial intermediaries can rely on our technology and reporting for their in-house fiduciary services.

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Custom target date and target risk

Our custom target date and target risk solutions are designed to meet your glide path needs and can support a wide range of investment types.

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Additional solutions

  • Retirement income product and asset allocation optimization

  • Manager due diligence across funds, collectives and separate accounts

  • Investment mapping for replacement funds or entire plan lineups

  • Stable value/money market due diligence reports and comparison tools

Senior leaders

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Michael Annin, CFA

President | Fiduciary Solutions

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Lavanya Batchu

Managing Director | Fiduciary Solutions

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David B. Cohen

Managing Director | Fiduciary Solutions

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Keith Gustafson, CFA

Managing Director of Asset Allocation and Retirement Income | Fiduciary Solutions

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Rafique Khan

Managing Director | Fiduciary Solutions

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Christopher M. O’Neill, PhD, CFA, CFP®, FRM, ChFC

Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer and Director of Quantitative Research | Fiduciary Solutions

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Wenli Tan, CFA

Managing Director | Fiduciary Solutions

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Vincent Vicidomini

Managing Director | Fiduciary Solutions


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*The team that comprises Mesirow Fiduciary Solutions was one of two pioneer providers in this space in 2006 and continues to drive innovation through business model products and services.

Neither principal nor the underlying assets of target date investments are guaranteed at any time, including the target date, and investment risk remains at all time. There is no assurance that the recommended asset allocation will either maximize returns or minimize risk or be the appropriate allocation in all circumstances for every investor with a particular time horizon. Advisory services offered by Mesirow Financial Investment Management, Inc., an SEC-Registered Investment Advisor. Securities offered through Mesirow Financial, Inc., member FINRA and SIPC. Advisory Fees are described in Mesirow Financial Investment Management Inc.’s Part 2A of the Form ADV. Mesirow refers to Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc. and its divisions, subsidiaries and affiliates. The Mesirow name and logo are registered service marks of Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc.