Looking for a transparent, fee-based retirement service model?

If you have an opportunity, Ascensus has a plan.

Exercise your freedom with a new retirement plan proposal system designed for how you sell

At Ascensus, our independence means you have the freedom to work with a neutral partner whose sole focus is serving the plan—not one who will box you in with investment requirements, restrictions, and other service limitations. From building the right plan to presenting it, we support your expertise with unparalleled flexibility, choice, and value.

More than a proposal, an experience your clients won't forget

  • Custom. Variable content reflects the tailored recommendations you choose for your client.
  • Modern. Optimized for the screen to make it easier to sell virtually.
  • Digital. Embedded communications and demos bring to life sponsor and participant experiences.

Run a proposal today to see how we're transforming the sales experience for you and your clients

Run a proposal today to see how we're transforming the sales experience for you and your clients
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We’re Ascensus, the nation’s largest independent retirement services provider

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You're free to do business your way with new managed account options from Ascensus.

Our open-architecture platform better positions you to meet each client’s needs by providing multiple managed accounts services to choose from and the freedom to decide what works best for the plan.

More investment options

Just as you can guide your clients in selecting their plan investment lineup, we believe you should have a say in which of the managed account services fit the plan.

A cost-effective fiduciary service you can offer your clients

We have a competitive landscape of solutions with varying capabilities-including fiduciary protection-to meet your clients’ needs at a fair value.

An opportunity to highlight your expertise

Your clients trust you to educate them and help make the best choices for their plan. We give you core details about each provider and the services available, which you can use as a starting point. Additional information is available from the managed account providers, as needed, for your due diligence.

Learn more about how you can meet a growing demand for personalization with new investment and advice services or contact us directly for a comparison overview of the available managed account providers.

*For plans on the Ascensus recordkeeping platform. Firm or product restrictions may apply. For more specific information about managed account options through Ascensus partners, please contact our sales team.

A Respected Leader​

Over the last three decades, Ascensus has helped financial professionals bring retirement solutions to millions of Americans. Our open-architecture platform and industry-leading expertise give you the freedom to build a plan that you can offer to your clients with confidence.


retirement plans served, with a focus on helping Americans save for the future


Independent recordkeeper to offer a scalable, fee-based solution for financial professionals

$266+ billion

in retirement assets under administration

As of 6/30/2021

Ultimate Pricing Transparency

We believe in providing value that consistently aligns with your clients’ fees. Our pricing is honest and transparent—the assets in the plan don’t impact pricing.

Use our pricing calculator to run a custom illustration for your client's plan.

Make the Smart Move for Your Fee-Based Business​

Ascensus knows that you have many choices when deciding on a partner. We also understand the evolving nature of the retirement industry and how to help you modernize your practice.

Trends from our platform show that plans using a fee-based service model represent the majority of new sales.

With unparalleled experience in this area, Ascensus can help you align your practice with new industry standards and the needs of your clients.

  • Commission-based
  • Fee-based
81% 19% 2011
7% 93% 2019

Manage Your Book of Business Simply and Efficiently with Investment Change Manager

Our technology makes it easier than ever for you to manage your book of business. Ascensus’ financial professional site features a complete menu of available funds for your clients. Each fund listing features a breakdown of Morningstar rating, share class, expense ratio, and past performance.

In addition, our Investment Change Manager tool streamlines the investment oversight process, enabling fee-based financial professionals to:

Submit requeststo add and exchange funds

Update the fundsand the underlying percentages of model portfolios that you have constructed for your client

Efficiently manage multiple plansthat share the same model portfolios at one time

Rebalance model portfoliosto targeted allocations

Update model portfoliorebalance frequency

The Elite Experience

As your partner, Ascensus is committed to assisting you with growing, retaining, and maximizing the efficiency of your business. Our Elite Advisor program offers the additional service and support you need to take your business to the next level.

To learn more about our Elite Advisor program and how you can qualify, contact your Ascensus regional vice president.​

The Value of Flexibility

We offer a broad range of savings solutions that allow you to choose what works best for your clients. Whether your clients are looking for a traditional 401(k), a partner for compliance services, or a SEP or SIMPLE IRA program, we can support their needs.

Full service daily recordkeeping

and administration

Recordkeeping-only services

Recordkeeping-only services allowing the advisor to work with a TPA of their choice

Compliance and administration services

for advisors that have preferred products that require a TPA

Administration services

for specialty retirement plans, including Cash Balance and defined benefit




Small business retirement plans

for owner-only firms