19-3-2122. Investment alternatives -- notice of changes -- default fund. (1) The board shall provide for at least eight investment alternatives within the defined contribution plan. In providing for the plan's investment alternatives, only a vendor or vendors offering suitable and well-managed investments, licensed to conduct business in Montana, and regulated by the United States securities and exchange commission may be used, unless exempt from the commission's regulation.
(2) The investment alternatives must include at least three that offer plan members the following:
(a) the ability to materially affect the potential return on amounts in the member's retirement account and the degree of risk to which those amounts are subject;
(b) a range of investment alternatives that:
(i) provides sound and diversified funds;
(ii) offers, under each alternative, a materially different risk and return characteristic than found in the other alternatives;
(iii) allows the member or beneficiary to choose among them to achieve a portfolio with an aggregate risk and return characteristic to achieve a point within the risk and return range normally appropriate for the member or beneficiary based on age, income, and individual retirement goals; and
(iv) tends to minimize through diversification the overall risk of large losses.
(3) The investment alternatives may include the investment alternatives offered to members of the state deferred compensation plan pursuant to chapter 50 of this title.
(4) The board shall from time to time review the suitability and management of investment alternatives and may change the alternatives to be offered. The board shall notify affected members of potential changes before any changes become effective.
(5) Assets within each member's retirement account must be invested as directed by the member.
(6) The board shall provide for a balanced fund to be established as a default investment fund. In the case of a member failing to direct how the member's retirement account is to be invested, the member's entire account must be invested in the default fund.
(7) This section does not prohibit the board from contracting with the board of investments established in 2-15-1808 to provide one or more investment alternatives within the plan.