The ultimate purpose of defined contribution retirement plans is to create retirement security for working Americans, and the true foundation of retirement security is adequate guaranteed income. This session will focus on the “retirement income challenge” faced by participants and plan sponsors. In this session, we will consider what it takes for the average participant to create a lifetime income stream after they leave the workforce. We will explore how the fixed-income markets and interest rates make it more challenging than ever to achieve adequate retirement income. Other points of discussion will include participant communications about retirement income, the potential to annuitize retirement assets slowly over time, ways to address volatility through annuities, and more.