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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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Feb
20
2020

Video: Is Auto Portability the Next 401(k) ‘ESG’ Initiative?

Is Auto Portability the Next 401(k) ‘ESG’ Initiative?

Three recent developments indicate that the retirement industry is waking up to the need to address 401(k) cashout leakage, and importantly – from within the framework of corporate social responsibility.

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Feb
10
2020

How Socially Responsible Corporations Will Solve the 401(k) Cashout Crisis

RetirementSavingsEvery year a silent, slow-motion train wreck occurs in America’s 401(k) system, when millions of job-changing workers prematurely cash out billions of dollars in retirement savings, a phenomenon known in retirement industry lingo as “cashout leakage."
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Jan
29
2020

The New Age of DC Plan Portability

The New AgeA recent survey of defined contribution (DC) plan sponsors found that interest in retaining assets for retirement is on the rise. That finding, paired with certain provisions of the SECURE Act of 2019, suggests that DC plans are on a path to becoming “decumulation vehicles” for American retirees. While these developments are encouraging, persistently high levels of cashout leakage, increasing missing participants and other factors produce understandable pessimism regarding the future of DC plans. 


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Sep
27
2019

The Auto Portability Imperative

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Cashout leakage, a long-standing problem in America’s defined contribution system, is a silent crisis that unnecessarily robs millions of Americans of a comfortable, timely or secure retirement. Plagued by misunderstanding and neglect, it’s vitally important to understand the problem and to take decisive action to curb it.
 
The fifth of a five-part series, this article addresses auto portability, a solution that not only makes sound business sense, but delivers a positive societal impact for the corporations adopting it.
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Sep
16
2019

The Most Promising Policies to Reduce 401(k) Cashout Leakage

CashOutLeakageBridgeCashout leakage, a long-standing problem in America’s defined contribution system, is a silent crisis that unnecessarily robs millions of Americans of a comfortable, timely or secure retirement. Plagued by misunderstanding and neglect, it’s vitally important to understand the problem and to take decisive action to curb it.  The fourth of a five-part series, this article addresses policies with the most promise to reduce the 401(k) cashout leakage problem.
 
 
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Aug
21
2019

The Magnitude of the 401(k) Cashout Leakage Problem

Cashout LeakageCashout leakage, a long-standing problem in America’s defined contribution system, is a silent crisis that unnecessarily robs millions of Americans of a comfortable, timely or secure retirement.  Plagued by misunderstanding and neglect, it’s vitally important to understand the problem and to take decisive action to curb it.  The third of a five-part series, this article addresses the magnitude of the 401(k) cashout leakage problem.

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Jul
26
2019

The Demographics of 401(k) Cashout Leakage

Cashout LeakageCashout leakage, a long-standing problem in America’s defined contribution system, is a silent crisis that unnecessarily robs millions of Americans of a comfortable, timely or secure retirement.  Plagued by misunderstanding and neglect, it’s vitally important to understand the problem and to take decisive action to curb it.

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Jun
28
2019

Spotlight on Cashout Leakage: The Fundamentals

Cashout_Leakage_DamCashout leakage, a long-standing problem in America’s defined contribution system, is a silent crisis that unnecessarily robs millions of Americans of a comfortable, timely or secure retirement.  Plagued by misunderstanding and neglect, it’s vitally important to understand the problem and to take decisive action to curb it.

The first of a five-part series, this article addresses the fundamentals of cashout leakage.

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May
30
2019

How Auto Portability Serves Participants’ Best Interests: Part 5

AP_definition_best_interestsIn this series, I identify five key reasons why an auto portability program serves the best interests of plan participants.


Previously:

In part 5, my final installment of the series, I explain how auto portability can mitigate retirement-related cybersecurity risks.

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May
23
2019

How Auto Portability Serves Participants’ Best Interests - Part 4: Auto Portability Enhances Participants' Financial Wellness

AP_definition_best_interestsIn this five-part series, I identify five key reasons why an auto portability program serves the best interests of plan participants.

Previously:
  • In Part 1, I examined the dramatically improved participant outcomes that will result from a program of auto portability.
  • In Part 2, I described how auto portability, by enhancing and extending automatic rollover programs, represents an enhanced standard of participant care.
  • In Part 3, I presented evidence that the adoption of auto portability could lead to a reduction in plan expenses. 

In Part 4, I address how auto portability could enhance 401(k) participants’ financial wellness.

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