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Consolidation Corner is the Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) blog, and features the latest articles and bylines from our executives, addressing important retirement savings portability topics.


Jun
02
2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Demonstrates the Need for Institutionalized Portability

ebn logoThe COVID-19 crisis has created a situation where tens of millions of American workers are in danger of seeing their retirement savings depleted. In addition to the awful death toll, the COVID-19 outbreak has led to extreme disruption in daily life, financial markets, and the economy—especially employment. As of May 28, more than 40 million Americans filed claims for unemployment benefits in the previous 10 weeks. This deadly combination of 1) levels of unemployment not seen since the Great Depression, 2) a significant market downturn, and 3) the ongoing plan-to-plan portability gap, has serious implications for these Americans’ retirement outcomes.

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Apr
20
2020

To Show Participants You Care, Help Them Avoid Cashing Out Post-CARES Act

ebn logoIt goes without saying that we are not living in normal times. The health and safety of our families and communities are paramount, and measures to ease burdens and hardships are always appreciated. These include the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the massive fiscal stimulus signed into law on March 27, 2020.

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Mar
16
2020

The Institutionalization of Portability is Key to Reducing Cash-Out Leakage

Employee Benefit News LogoAlthough defined contribution plan recordkeepers and sponsors have made considerable progress helping participants retain savings through reduced fees over the past decade, job-changing participants’ 401(k) savings account balances remain in a state of dangerous limbo, as participants often succumb to the temptation of cashing out. EBRI reports that at least 4.5 million—or 40%—of job-changing participants cash out $92.4 billion in 401(k) savings from the U.S. retirement system every year.

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Feb
05
2020

How Sponsors can Help Minorities Save More for Retirement

Employee Benefit News LogoEvery year, our nation’s retirement system loses $92 billion in savings because 401(k) plan participants prematurely cash out their accounts when they change jobs. This is the most recent estimate from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), and while this finding affects all American workers, minorities are hit hardest.
 

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Dec
24
2019

A Financial Wellness Program You Can Actually Measure

Employee Benefit News

Although the financial wellness of employees has emerged as a top priority for employers in recent years, too many workers are still struggling to improve their financial health.

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Nov
19
2019

The Surprising Migratory Patterns of Job-Changing Participants

Employee Benefit NewsMuch has been written in the media, including this column, about the increase in mobility of today’s American workforce.

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Oct
21
2019

Safe-Harbor IRAs are Supposed to be Temporary

Employee Benefit News LogoFifteen years ago, when safe-harbor IRAs were first proposed as a destination for small, stranded 401(k) accounts that can be automatically rolled out of plans, then-U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor Ann L. Combs spelled out what these investment vehicles were supposed to accomplish.

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Sep
10
2019

Cash-Out Leakage is Still Too High—and Auto Portability can Help

Employee Benefit News Logo401(k) account cash-outs remain a potent threat to Americans’ retirement-readiness and by all accounts the U.S. Department of Labor agrees, having issued its final Prohibited Transaction Exemption (PTE) for auto portability at the end of July.

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Jul
16
2019

What’s Missing from the SECURE Act? A Provision to Plug Cash-Out Leakage

EBN

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019, passed by the House of Representatives on May 23, has the potential to make a positive impact on Americans’ retirement readiness. One of the bill’s key provisions involves removing restrictions on open multiple employer plans (MEPs), which would make it less costly for small businesses to offer retirement savings plans to employees.

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May
07
2019

A Plan Metric Every Sponsor Should Track: Participant-Retained Retirement Savings

EBN

When evaluating their defined contribution plans, plan sponsors understandably look at standard benchmarks such as rate of participation, average deferral percentage, and average account balance. However, given the highly mobile nature of today’s American workforce, sponsors should also consider tracking the average percentage of retirement savings that participants retain during their job tenure, and when they leave to join another employer.

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