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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.


Feb
12
2021

This One Simple Trick Radically Boosts Financial Wellness!

One Simple Trick401(k) Plan Sponsors: How would you like to radically boost your participants’ financial wellness, increase your plan’s assets, reduce your plan’s costs, and prevent missing participants?

Adopting this one simple and proven trick – retirement savings portability – delivers all this and more!

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Feb
08
2021

Missing Participants: Five Important Considerations for Plan Sponsors

Missing_Carton_Five_ConsiderationsThe problem of missing participants in employer-sponsored retirement plans is one of the most important, yet perplexing issues facing plan sponsors, and for good reason.

Ensuring that participants (or their beneficiaries) receive their benefits is the essence of an employer’s fiduciary responsibility – and missing or unresponsive participants who become separated from those benefits can generate significant risks for plan fiduciaries.

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Jan
26
2021

New Research on Locating Missing Participants Augments DOL Guidance

Missing_Carton_New_MP_ResearchOn 1/26/21, Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) released a study that advances the art and science of locating missing 401(k) plan participants. The study – Improving the Effectiveness of Electronic Missing Participant Searches – comes on the heels of U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) guidance on the topic and is highly-useful for plan sponsors who utilize electronic searches, or “e-Searches” as they are referenced in the study.

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Dec
01
2020

Three New Year's Resolutions for Plan Sponsors to Consider

2021_ResolutionsIn January, Alight Solutions released 2020 Hot Topics in Retirement & Financial Wellbeing, a survey of 130 plan sponsors employing 5.5 million workers and highlighting key trends among plan sponsors, including expanding financial wellbeing programs, increasing efforts to help participants bridge the gap between working and retiring, and strengthening programs to locate missing participants.

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Aug
17
2020

‘Sudden Money’ and Preserving 401(k) Savings Don’t Mix

sudden moneyResearchers realize that long-term retirement planning is not a natural act for most 401(k) plan participants. Consequently, important 401(k) plan features have evolved (ex. – auto enrollment, auto escalation, QDIA funds, etc.) to overcome the mis-match and to promote saving for retirement. Many of these features work spectacularly well – but only for as long as participants are actively participating in that plan.

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Oct
28
2019

The Playbook for Conducting Diligent Missing Participant Searches

The PlaybookSponsors of active retirement plans are increasingly challenged by the problem of missing participants, and the difficulties they face in performing diligent searches.  After all, ensuring that plan participants (or their beneficiaries) receive the benefits they’re owed is a sponsor’s primary fiduciary responsibility.

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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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Jul
25
2018

401(k) Truth Bomb: Missing Participants are Bad, 401(k) Cashouts Are Worse

This Way to Your Next JobThe problem of missing participants continues to receive a great deal of attention from plan sponsors, industry advocates, regulators and politicians.  All parties are keen to address the negative outcomes that result when job-changing 401(k) participants leave behind their accounts with former employers, relocate and fail to update their address.

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Jul
17
2018

Regulators and Policy Advocates Focus on Retirement Savings Portability

Retirement Savings PortabilityResearch has conclusively demonstrated that retirement savings portability dramatically reduces 401(k) cashout leakage, preserves retirement savings and reduces the incidence of missing participants. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that recent retirement public policy activities are increasingly focused on various aspects of portability.

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Jun
26
2018

RCH Releases New Video “Addressing the Problem of Missing Participants”

Addressing the Problem of Missing Participants
Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) has released a new video “Addressing the Problem of Missing Participants.” The video integrates new research findings from the March 2018 study “The Mobile Workforce’s Missing Participant Problem” and provides viewers with the most-complete and factual summary of the problem, including:

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