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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
22
2019

America's 401(k) System is Unsustainable - Let's Fix It

401k_SustainabilityOn Earth Day 2019, as we focus on creating a sustainable and eco-friendly environment, it's worth considering how the application of similar principles would benefit our retirement system.  America’s 401(k) system is unsustainable – urgently requiring an upgrade to effectively deliver on its intended goal – helping millions of Americans enjoy a timely and comfortable retirement.  The good news is that we're beginning to see important signs of action that could ultimately address the problem.

 

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Apr
08
2019

Cybersecurity is Augmented by Auto Portability

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All companies that manage personal consumer data, regardless of where they are based or what industry they are part of, are right to be concerned about cybersecurity. The scope and scale of cyberattacks continue to increase around the world, as last year’s breach compromising 50 million Facebook users demonstrated.

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Mar
27
2019

Tax Day is Coming—Encourage Millennial Participants to Incubate Saver’s Credits

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April 15 is just around the corner. While many Americans dread Tax Day, April 15 presents defined contribution plan sponsors with an opportunity to demonstrate their value as fiduciaries, and as financial wellness advocates.

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Mar
11
2019

How Auto Portability Serves Participants’ Best Interests - Part 2: An Enhanced Standard of Participant Care

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 1, I examined the dramatically improved participant outcomes that will result from a program of auto portability.

In Part 2, I describe how auto portability, by enhancing and extending automatic rollover programs, represents an enhanced standard of care for participants.

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Feb
28
2019

5 Ways to Check if Your ARO Program Needs an Upgrade

EBN logoThe long-awaited Department of Labor (DOL) guidance on the legal and regulatory framework for auto portability has cleared the way for plan sponsors to further enhance and optimize their automatic rollover programs. By explicitly recognizing auto portability’s potential benefits to retirement savers, the DOL acknowledges that existing ARO programs have flaws which auto portability can fix.

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Feb
22
2019

How Auto Portability Serves Participants’ Best Interests, Part 1: Dramatically Improved Participant Outcomes

AP_definition_best_interestsPlan sponsors considering the adoption of auto portability must determine that, by participating in the auto portability program, they are acting prudently and solely in the interests of their plan’s participants and beneficiaries.

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Jan
29
2019

Want to Help Minority Participants Save More for Retirement? Adopt Auto Portability

From the Top Spencer WilliamsMuch has been written about America’s retirement-savings shortfall. Much has also been written about one of the major reasons for this shortfall—the lack of technology and operating standards to make seamless plan-to-plan savings portability easy for America’s highly mobile workforce. The cumbersome and costly nature of DIY portability has made prematurely cashing out small-balance 401(k) savings accounts, or stranding them in former employers’ plans, the easiest options for many participants after they change jobs.

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Jan
22
2019

Sidecar Accounts Can Plug Some 401(k) Leakage—But Not Most Leakage

Employee Benefit News“Not having enough emergency savings for unexpected expenses” is the No. 1 financial concern for Millennials and members of Generation X, and the No. 2 financial concern among Baby Boomers, after retirement security. These findings from a PwC Employee Financial Wellness Survey released last year shouldn’t surprise members of the retirement services industry, since too many defined contribution plan participants dip into their 401(k) savings—through loans, hardship withdrawals, or cash-outs upon changing jobs—to fund emergency expenses.

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Nov
28
2018

What is Auto Portability? It Depends on Who’s Asking.

AP_definitionWith the announcement of the Department of Labor’s recent actions, auto portability has taken center stage in the retirement industry. While auto portability has been well-known to a relatively small group of industry insiders, its recent, widespread coverage in the media has many asking the question “what is auto portability?”

With so many different -- and important -- perspectives on the matter, the best answer will depend on who’s asking the question. 

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Nov
26
2018

Auto Portability is Like Bacon—It Makes Everything Better

BaconWhen auto enrollment was widely adopted under the Pension Protection Act of 2006, it was a well-intentioned idea for helping Americans save more for retirement.

But in this case, what seemed like the perfect recipe for increasing retirement savings for hardworking Americans was missing a key ingredient.

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