Types of retirement plans :
1. Defined benefit plans
It is a kind of plan which specifies the benefits each employee receives at retirement. In most of the plans the benefit is stated as a percentage of pre-retirement salary, which is payable for the remaining life as a regular payment or a lump sum on the date of retirement.
2. Defined contribution plans
It is also known as money purchase plans. Retirement benefit plans can be structured in such a way that, some part of salary can be set aside every month /year either by the employer alone or by the employer and employee together or by employee alone.
3. Hybrid (Defined Benefit + Defined Contribution) plans
In addition to the above two stated plans there is a third plan too which is combination of both of them and is very rare in nature. In such plans, both the ends i.e. the rate or the amount of contribution to be made to the beneficiary is fixed.