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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.


Nov
24
2021

Assessing the State of DC Plans & Retirement Savings, 15 Years After the Pension Protection Act

Employee Benefit NewsTraditionally, the anniversary gift for couples celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary is crystal. When the Pension Protection Act of 2006 was signed into law 15 years ago, a crystal ball would have been useful. Although this legislation was (commendably) crafted with the best of intentions, its unintended consequences for defined contribution plan participants and sponsors continue to reverberate.
 

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Nov
18
2021

Four Reasons Why Auto Portability Can't Wait

This Way to Your Next JobAuto portability can’t wait.

There are four key reasons why the new plan feature that automatically moves small balance retirement savings forward as 401(k) participants change jobs can wait no longer.

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Oct
29
2021

Solving Cashout Leakage, Auto Portability Featured in Senate Committee Hearing

SenateAgingCommittee_WEBA 10/28/21 hearing by the U.S. Senate’s Special Committee on Aging, titled A Financially Secure Future: Building a Stronger Retirement System for All Americans, was highly-focused on the problems of cashout leakage, as well as its most promising solution, auto portability.

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Sep
07
2021

Refundable Saver’s Tax Credits Would Significantly Reduce Retirement Savings Shortfall—Especially for Minorities

Employee Benefit NewsConcurrent with the COVID-19 pandemic, our elected representatives have been grappling with the issue of wealth disparities between America’s white and minority workers. Commendably, there has been bipartisan support in Washington, DC for measures to assist those who are historically under-served or under-saved in our national system for accumulating and incubating retirement savings.
 

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Sep
01
2021

Beware of Second Order Effects for Retirement Savings Public Policies

Second Order EffectsAt first glance, some retirement savings public policies can seem like a sure thing, particularly when they’re based solely upon the benefits that would directly result. However, in the real world, these “first order” effects are inevitably followed by “second order” effects, which can sometimes be antithetical to the policy’s original intent.

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Jul
07
2021

Don’t Relegate Lost & Missing Accounts to the Lost & Found—Consolidate Them in the Retirement System

Employee Benefit NewsThe Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021, nicknamed the “SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act 2.0,” was passed unanimously by the House Ways and Means Committee, and many expect the bill to pass the full House of Representatives.

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Dec
19
2020

How Sponsors can Facilitate Better Participant Outcomes—and Improve Plan Metrics—in 2021

ebn logoYou don’t need me to remind you that 2020 has been an extraordinary year that many of us would like to forget. The New Year we have been looking forward to for some time is now here.

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Nov
09
2020

Elections Have Consequences—Elect to Help Participants Keep Their Savings, Instead of Losing Their Savings via Mandatory Distributions

ebn logoNo, this article isn’t about the Presidential election. But this year’s election, which took place in the middle of a global pandemic, reminds us that some things are in our control, and some things aren’t. 

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Sep
29
2020

From Tired to Inspired: A Roadmap for 401(k) Roll-Ins

Roll-In RoadmapAs I wrote in a previous article, 401(k) automated portability is an idea whose time has come. To achieve that vision, how will we get from the present state to full automation of the plan-to-plan roll-in process? 

This article, as well as the video below, offers readers a roadmap for the progression from ‘tired’ to ‘wired’ and finally, to the ‘inspired’ state that will eventually characterize 401(k) roll-ins.

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Sep
17
2020

Every Dollar Counts in Today’s Zero-Interest-Rate Environment

ebn logoIt’s no secret that interest rates have been at historically low levels for quite some time, but the recent announcement by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell indicates that rates will stay near zero for the foreseeable future. Chairman Powell stated in his address last month that the Fed would tolerate above-2% inflation instead of attempting to preemptively control inflation by raising interest rates.

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