CITs offer reasonable, cost-efficient investment options and they can help plan sponsors fulfill their fiduciary duty. As tax-exempt, pooled investment vehicles—available only to DC and other ERISA-qualified plans—CITs are now used in more than 75% of plans.

CITs: Myths & Facts

This two-minute video explains how CITs can be a versatile, cost-effective and competitive alternative to mutual funds. 

Why Consider CITs? 

Low Cost & Transparency

Compared to mutual funds, CITs generally have lower legal-, marketing-, board-and-compliance related costs. As plan level assets increase, fees may decrease. And some CITs have low or no minimum investment requirements.

Operational
Efficiency

CITs are easy to establish and maintain. They’re traded through the National Securities Clearing Corporation (NSCC) to mirror the structure of mutual funds.

Easy Access to Information

From a participant’s perspective, CITs operate in a very similar manner to mutual funds, with daily information posted on the recordkeeper’s website and fact sheets provided with enrollment materials. Morningstar and other providers and some CITs have ticker symbols.

How CITs Add Value

For qualifying retirement accounts, CITs have lower administrative costs and a lower-cost structure than mutual funds.

Over the life of the plan, expense savings can result in better outcomes for participants.

CITs are easy to implement and operationally equal to mutual funds.

Chart showing age, 25 to 95 years, and simulated Retirement savings, 0 to 1M dollars. 25-65 is the saving phase, and 65+ is the retirement phase. Lower CIT expenses could yield an extra 23% savings.

AB's CIT Products

AB US Large Cap Growth

Inception Date: 09/28/1992

AB Global Core Equity

Inception Date: 11/12/2014*

AB Global Real Estate Investment#

Inception Date: 09/30/1996*

AB Global Strategic Core

Inception Date: 01/03/1912*

AB Relative Value ||

Inception Date: 07/01/1932

AB Sustainable Global Thematic Equity ||

Inception Date: 10/01/1996

AB US High Yield

Inception Date: 07/26/2016

AB US Small & Mid Cap Core**

Inception Date: 03/13/2020§

AB US Small & Mid Cap Growth

Inception Date: 07/07/1938

AB US Small & Mid Cap Value

Inception Date: 03/29/2001

AB Multi-Manager Retirement 2010 Fund

Inception Date: 08/12/2016

AB Multi-Manager Retirement 2015 Fund

Inception Date: 08/12/2016

AB Multi-Manager Retirement 2020 Fund

Inception Date: 08/12/2016

AB Multi-Manager Retirement 2025 Fund

Inception Date: 08/12/2016

AB Multi-Manager Retirement 2030 Fund

Inception Date: 08/12/2016

AB Multi-Manager Retirement 2035 Fund

Inception Date: 08/12/2016

AB Multi-Manager Retirement 2040 Fund

Inception Date: 08/12/2016

AB Multi-Manager Retirement 2045 Fund

Inception Date: 08/12/2016

AB Multi-Manager Retirement 2050 Fund

Inception Date: 08/12/2016

AB Multi-Manager Retirement 2055 Fund

Inception Date: 08/12/2016

AB Multi-Manager Retirement 2060 Fund

Inception Date: 08/12/2016

AB Multi-Manager Retirement Allocation Trust Fund

Inception Date: 08/26/2016

* Corresponding mutual fund      † Mutual fund class A      ‡ Advisor class      § CIT      #P Shareclass      || Pending initial funding and formation. Requires $2M initial funding. **Small and Mid Cap Composite Blend

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FAQs

We answer the most common questions about CITs to provide you a quick-hit reference for you and your client. 

CITs:  Back in Vogue

"What’s Old is New Again” explores why CITs are a compelling choice for sponsors of 401(k)s and other DC plans.

Implementing CITs

AB and Wilmington Trust N.A. have teamed up to make adding a CIT to an investment lineup straightforward.

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