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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.


Thomas Hawkins

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As Senior Vice President of Marketing & Research, Tom Hawkins manages RCH's marketing and research initiatives, including development of original content, RCH's internet presence, digital marketing and industry research.
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Sep
16
2020

Automated 401(k) Portability: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Nothing is More PowerfulFrench author and poet Victor Hugo observed: “nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”

In theory at least, plan-to-plan portability has always been a feature of our 401(k) system. In practice, it’s been completely impractical for all but a hardy few. The idea of automating 401(k) portability was the holy grail, a ‘moonshot’ generally believed to be impossible…until now.

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Sep
02
2020

401(k) Plan Terminations Could Produce New Wave of Cashout Leakage

401k_Plans_Cashout_LeakageDuring the COVID-19 crisis, massive job losses combined with economic hardship and relaxed restrictions on withdrawals have created the conditions for a perfect storm of 401(k) cashout leakage. Unfortunately, this storm may soon gain more strength, when a surge in end-of-year 401(k) plan terminations could trigger a new flood of cashouts, as participants are forced to leave their former employers’ plans.

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Aug
24
2020

It’s The Final Countdown for 2020 401(k) Plan Terminations

Term_plan_final_countdown_2020As we enter the 4th quarter of 2020, many plan sponsors – for a variety of reasons – are faced with the prospect of a 401(k) plan termination.  For most, this will be the first -- and only -- time that they’ll undertake this important project. 

If you’re facing a plan termination in the 2020 calendar year, time is not on your side.  A properly-conducted plan termination can take up to 2-3 months from start-to-finish, and requires significant planning, flawless execution and lots of attention to detail. 

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Aug
17
2020

‘Sudden Money’ and Preserving 401(k) Savings Don’t Mix

sudden moneyResearchers realize that long-term retirement planning is not a natural act for most 401(k) plan participants. Consequently, important 401(k) plan features have evolved (ex. – auto enrollment, auto escalation, QDIA funds, etc.) to overcome the mis-match and to promote saving for retirement. Many of these features work spectacularly well – but only for as long as participants are actively participating in that plan.

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Aug
11
2020

The Tragicomedy of Cashout Leakage

TragicomedyI often write about the phenomenon of cashout leakage, which occurs when participants change jobs and prematurely withdraw their retirement savings, prior to normal retirement age.

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Jul
23
2020

Closing the Coming COVID-19 Retirement Savings Gap

COVID19 Retirement Savings GapWhen the dust finally settles from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a cinch that the nation’s retirement deficit will have widened significantly, due in large measure to a flood of 401(k) cashout leakage, which will increase significantly as a result of the crisis.
 

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Jun
19
2020

401(k) Cashout Leakage: A Reality, Not a “Narrative”

401k cashout leakage jarI write a lot about 401(k) cashout leakage, and I can assure you that counts for nothing around my dinner table or at cocktail parties. The topic, though, is a serious one, adversely affecting the retirement prospects of millions of Americans.

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May
28
2020

A Critical Time to Protect the Vulnerable

Protect the VulnerableThe COVID-19 crisis has taught many painful lessons – but perhaps none more important than the need to protect those who are most vulnerable to the pandemic’s ill effects.

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Apr
28
2020

Let’s Extend the Spirit of the CARES Act to Automatic Rollover IRAs

CARESactButton2-01America is a fundamentally caring country, as reflected in the collective actions of its individuals, businesses and policymakers. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, no policy reflects this caring spirit more than the aptly-named CARES Act, which, among other things, temporarily allows retirement savers hard-hit by the COVID-19 crisis to tap their qualified retirement savings while avoiding the punitive, 10% early-withdrawal penalty.

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Mar
20
2020

How Does Auto Portability Work? Watch the Video.

How AP Works Blog ImageLooking for a quick primer on how auto portability works? Watch the video below, which walks you through the four-step process, including:

1. Worker changes jobs
2. Locate new worker's account
3. Match data
4. Savings follow worker

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