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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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Recent Posts

Mar
30
2018

Are you all-in on roll-in?  Encourage new hires to rollover old 401(k) balances into your plan

Over the past six years, there’s been a steady drumbeat pointing the way to increased portability and in-plan consolidation (“roll-ins”) as the next big strategic focus for defined contribution plans.   

While this path may soon lead to the widespread adoption of auto portability, a process that automatically rolls in small balances into a participant's new-employer plan, many plan sponsors are already embracing programs that support roll-ins for all participants, regardless of balance size.

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Jan
23
2018

The Crucial Role of the CSIRT

Computer Security Incident Response TeamBorn out of crisis, the modern Computer Security Incident Response Team, or CSIRT (pronounced ‘see-sert’) is responsible for coordinating the response to an organization’s computer security incidents. 

With cybersecurity threats everywhere, CSIRTs play an indispensable role in the retirement industry, and in the future, should become a vital component for facilitating industry-wide collaboration in the face of cyberattacks

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Jan
02
2018

Auto Portability Makes Everything Better

Bacon SizzlingBeginning in 2000 and continuing for a decade, American consumers were overtaken by “bacon-mania” – an obsession with the tasty, fried cured-pork treat that included cookbooks, exotic new products and a catchy slogan: “Bacon Makes Everything Better.” Great all by itself, bacon was hailed as having the added virtue of improving the taste of almost any dish it was added to.

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Oct
25
2017

In Search Of: Guidance for Locating Missing Participants

In Search of GuidanceTwo weeks ago, I authored an article applauding the American Benefits Council for their October 2nd, 2017 letter to the Department of Labor (DOL), which clearly identified the root causes of missing participants: a highly-mobile workforce and a lack of retirement savings portability. Extending the Council’s insight, I maintained that what’s really “missing” in our defined contribution system are initiatives that move retirement savings forward when participants change jobs, such as auto portability. When implemented, these initiatives could serve to dramatically decrease the overall incidence of missing participants.

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Oct
13
2017

Bringing Clarity to the Murky Problem of Missing Participants

The Murkey Problem of Missing ParticipantsOn October 2nd, 2017, the American Benefits Council delivered a letter to the Department of Labor (DoL), urging the DoL to act on the problem of unresponsive or missing participants, an issue that has proven to be a significant point-of-pain for plan sponsors.

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Sep
18
2017

The Explosion of Small 401(k) Accounts

Small 401K Account ProblemsIt’s generally accepted that the small-balance accounts of terminated 401(k) plan participants have been a problem for plan sponsors, resulting in increased plan costs, fiduciary risk and other ancillary problems, such as missing participants and uncashed distribution checks.

Now, based on new information from EBRI and other sources, we’re learning that small accounts are a large and growing problem for active participants as well.

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Sep
06
2017

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late: Prepare Now for Year-End 401(k) Plan Terminations

DC Plan Terminations CountdownAs we enter the 4th quarter of 2017, many plan sponsors (as well as their advisors) will face the prospect of terminating a 401(k) plan.  For most, this will be the first -- and only -- time that they’ll undertake this important initiative, typically without the benefit of prior experience.

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Aug
16
2017

The Cashout Clock is Still Ticking: Let’s Stop It!

National Retirement Savings Cashout ClockOn May 12th, Retirement Clearinghouse announced the National Retirement Savings Cashout Clock, a virtual clock that calculates 2017 year-to-date cashout leakage from America’s defined contribution system in real time.

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Jul
25
2017

A Big Step Forward for Auto Portability

On July 11th, 2017, a small group of retirement services professionals at Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH)  successfully conducted the first-use of a new and important financial technology.  Known as “locate & match” -- the technology represents a breakthrough in the ability to automatically move small balances forward in America’s defined contribution system, and forms the backbone of RCH Auto Portability.

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Jul
10
2017

Cybersecurity Meets Retirement Security

Cyber SecurityEveryone, it seems, is concerned about cybersecurity these days, and with good reason. Each week seems to bring a new round of headlines, making it clear that identity theft and criminal cyber activity have become persistent features of our lives. 

The victims of cyber-crime can be wide-ranging, including governments, industry sectors, corporations of all sizes and individuals. The sources of cyber threats are equally diverse, originating from rogue nation-states, crime cartels, “lone wolf” hackers and even disgruntled employees.

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