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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.


Oct
02
2017

Why Consolidation Should Top the List of Initiatives for Plan Sponsors in 2018

Consolidation should top list of initiatives for Plan Sponsors 2018Today, it’s commonly-accepted practice for retirement plan sponsors to focus on three major initiatives to promote retirement adequacy: participation, saving and diversification.

While these three initiatives are proven, an emerging best practice is for plan sponsors to expand this list, incorporating consolidation, where plan participants are encouraged to consolidate balances from former employers’ plans, using their current-employer’s plan to manage their retirement savings.

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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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Aug
22
2017

Five Ways to Make Retirement Savings Portability a Priority in 2018

2018 CalendarIt’s become widely-accepted that retirement savings portability is proven to address the small account problem for 401(k) plan sponsors, as well as preserve participants’ savings currently lost to cashout leakage.

However, the concept of retirement savings portability is relatively new. At year’s end, most plan sponsors’ attention will be focused on other plan design issues, such as auto enrollment/escalation, the lineup of investment options, enrollment, education, retirement income solutions and so forth. 

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Jul
20
2017

Washington Recognizes Need for Retirement Plan Portability Solutions – Part 2

Capitol Hill Historic DC District Independence Ave Street SignIn January 2016, this blog published a post on the November 2015 letter from Senator Patty Murray (D–WA) of the Senate HELP committee, signed by a bicameral group of Congressional members, urging then Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Thomas Perez to encourage the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration to issue guidance on auto portability.

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Jun
08
2017

Auto Portability: Who Will Benefit?

Auto Portability BenefitsAuto Portability is the routine, standardized and automated movement of an inactive participant’s retirement account from a former employer’s retirement plan to their active account in a new employer’s plan. By dramatically reducing cashouts and improving retirement readiness, Auto Portability will deliver broad benefits to America’s defined contribution system, its participants and to the entire American economy.

But who benefits from Auto Portability, and how? 

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Jun
01
2017

The Fundamentals of 401(k) Cashout Leakage

The Fundamentals of 401(k) Cashout Leakage videoHow Big is the 401(k) Cashout Leakage Problem? We’ve known for some years now that 401(k) cashout leakage is a very big problem, but have lacked a thorough understanding of its many dimensions. 
This video presentation provides viewers with the latest data characterizing the problem of 401(k) cashout leakage, a major challenge that faces 401(k) participants when they change jobs.

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May
12
2017

Announcing the National Retirement Savings Cash Out Clock

National Retierement Savings Cash Out ClockIn 1989, New York real estate developer Seymour Durst wanted to highlight America’s rising national debt, and came up with an idea: the National Debt Clock. Since then, the National Debt Clock has had a physical presence as a billboard near Times Square, serving as a constant reminder to Americans of their government’s ever-growing debt. 

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May
04
2017

80th EBRI Policy Forum to Address Key Retirement Policy Issues

Employee Benefit Research Insititute EBRIOn Thursday, May 11th, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) will conduct their 80th Policy Forum, sponsored by the EBRI Education and Research Fund (ERF). Hosted at the 20 F Street, NW Conference Center, the Forum is scheduled from 8:30am to 12:30pm.

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Apr
24
2017

Why America’s Retirement Savings Needs Recycling

Earth Day Preserve Retirement Stop Cash OutsAs we marked the 47th annual Earth Day on April 22nd, we were once again reminded of the need to protect our environment. This heightened awareness is testament to how far Americans have come in both recognizing and curbing the wasteful, destructive behaviors that emerged in the decades following World War II. Those excesses have given rise to conservation and environmentalism, and were heralded by the first Earth Day in 1970. 

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Mar
30
2017

The African-American Retirement Crisis: How Auto Portability Can Help


The African-American Retirement Crisis: How Auto Portability Can HelpToday, many Americans are hard-pressed to set aside enough savings for a timely or comfortable retirement.   The factors most-often cited as driving the coming “retirement crisis” include longer life expectancies, rising healthcare costs and stagnant incomes. The African-American community faces these same challenges plus other economic headwinds, but with larger hurdles to overcome to secure a comfortable retirement.

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