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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.


Apr
26
2017

Automatic Cash-Outs Undermine Efforts to Enhance Financial Wellness

Employee Benefit NewsIn the spirit of Financial Literacy Month, retirement plan sponsors are to be commended for their commitment to enhance financial wellness among participants. In fact, 76% of employers offer financial health programs for employees, according to the seventh annual survey on corporate health and well-being conducted by Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health® in 2016.

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Apr
06
2017

Financial Wellness Requires Mending Fractured Retirement Savings

Employee Benefit NewsIf you’ve ever broken a bone—playing sports, engaging in outdoor activities, or even just from a slip and fall—it doesn’t take long before the pain signals that you need to go see a doctor, and the sooner the better. The friction encountered while moving a retirement savings account from an old-employer plan to a current-employer plan when changing jobs sends similar pain signals through most participants. With the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) indicating that the average participant will have 7.4 jobs in their adult working career, the risk of participants incurring a fracture in their retirement savings is very high.

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Mar
02
2017

Auto Portability Helps Everybody, and Hurts Nobody

Employee Benefit News“So, whose ox are you goring with auto portability?”

This is what a senior, well-respected retirement policy official asked my team at a sit-down meeting in Washington, D.C. Over the course of her long career, she had heard innumerable proposals to correct the savings shortfall in the U.S. retirement system. Many of them had a downside for at least one constituency in the retirement services universe, and she assumed that auto portability had one too.

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Jan
24
2017

How to Remove 'Friction' from the 401(k) System

Tales From the Front Lines Part 3 Roll-In Retirement FinanceIn consolidated testimony before the ERISA Advisory Council  on the topic of Participant Plan Transfers and Account Consolidation for the Advancement of Lifetime Plan Participation, EBRI’s Craig Copeland and Retirement Clearinghouse’s Tom Johnson presented “Auto Portability Research & Simulation: Automating Plan-to-Plan Transfers for Small Accounts” – providing the Council with the latest information & research on Auto Portability, as well as describing the present state of plan-to-plan transfers (“roll-ins”).

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Jan
19
2017

The ABCs of Auto Portability

The ABCs of Auto PortabilityWhat is Auto Portability? This video presentation is designed to give the viewer a basic understanding of Auto Portability.

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Jan
13
2017

This Year, Resolve to Debunk Two Common Retirement-Saving Myths for Participants

Employee Benefit News“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes” is a quote often attributed to Mark Twain. The same is true of myths about saving for retirement, and retirement services professionals should take it to heart as we begin 2017.

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Dec
19
2016

How auto-portability can improve retirement readiness for a mobile workforce

Employee Benefit NewsFor more than a year now, we have been working with the research team at the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), Dr. Ricki Ingalls of Texas State University, and Boston Research Technologies to develop the Auto Portability Simulation (APS). The APS is a robust, quantitatively-based simulation that measures the size, characteristics and behaviors of America’s increasingly mobile workforce. The key findings from that work demonstrate the potential to dramatically reduce retirement plan cash-outs by identifying the long-term, systemic benefits of routine and standardized account consolidation at the time of a participant’s job-change—a technology-based innovation called Auto Portability.

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Nov
21
2016

The ABCs of Uncashed 401(k) Distribution Checks

The ABCs of Uncashed 401(k) Distribution ChecksThis video presentation is designed to give the viewer a basic understanding of the problem of uncashed 401(k) distribution checks.

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Nov
15
2016

What is Synthetic Tenure, and Why is it Important?

Employee Benefit NewsIt is intuitive to observe that the easiest way for a plan participant to achieve lifetime participation in the U.S. retirement system is to work for the same employer for 40 years or more. But in today’s highly mobile workforce, that rarely happens. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), the average American will change jobs more than seven times during a 40-year working life, indicating that a participant’s average tenure with each employer will be a little over five years. So what can be done to help the vast majority of participants that simply won’t work for one employer for their entire careers? 

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Nov
04
2016

What Plan Sponsors Can Do to Plug 401(k) Plan Leakage

What Plan Sponsors Can Do to Plug the 401K Plan Leakage VideoThis video presentation is designed to provide qualified retirement plan sponsors with an overview of key actions that they can take in order to help reduce 401(k) plan leakage.

Why is 401(k) Plan Leakage a Problem?

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