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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
09
2017

Uncashed Distribution Checks: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Uncashed ChecksNow that we’re in the thick of flu season, we’re reminded of Ben Franklin’s famous axiom: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  A yearly flu shot is perhaps the best example of an effective, preventative action you can take to minimize your odds of catching the flu, and keep you breathing more easily than those who haven’t.

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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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Dec
27
2016

How Auto Portability Will Bridge the Minority 401(k) Participation Gap

Under-participation by minorities in America’s 401(k) system represents a significant economic disparity that requires creative, private-sector solutions.

Auto portability – an emerging plan feature that automatically moves small balance accounts forward when participants change jobs – could play a critical role in helping to bridge the participation gap.

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Nov
30
2016

Preventing retirement plan leakage: An infrastructure project that saves trillions

Cash Out Leakage Hoover DamThe recent U.S. Presidential election brought renewed focus upon large infrastructure projects: massive, capital-intensive efforts required to rebuild America’s roads, bridges, railways and airports. Desperately needed, these projects could cost taxpayers hundreds of billions, perhaps even trillions of dollars.

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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
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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Oct
25
2016

Ushering in the Next Era of Automatic Enrollment

Next Era of Automatic EnrollmentWhen it comes to the 401(k) plan feature known as automatic enrollment, most industry observers seem to agree that it’s a good thing. In a world of scarce resources, you can never have too much of a good thing, right?

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Sep
27
2016

Five Misconceptions About 401(k) Leakage

Five Misconceptions About 401(k) LeakageWhat is 401(k) leakage, and why should I care? This video presentation is designed to provide qualified retirement plan sponsors with an understanding of the facts and popular misconceptions surrounding the topic of 401(k) plan leakage.

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Sep
02
2016

A Plan Sponsor’s Guide to Supporting Roll-ins

A Plan Sponsor’s Guide to Supporting Roll-insWhy should plans care about roll-in contributions? Establishing a program that encourages participant rollover contributions (or “roll-ins”) is one of the most beneficial programs that a plan can implement.

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