Auto Portability - Media Coverage

As a key retirement savings public policy initiative, auto portability is receiving a lot of media attention. Find out who is saying what about auto portability.

401(k) Fridays
Dec
06
2019

401(k) Plans & Auto Portability: Should Your Suite of Auto Plan Features Include Rollovers?

On 12/06/19, RCH Founder, President and CEO Spencer Williams recorded a podcast with Rick Unser of 401(k) Fridays. The hour-long discussion covered the long term impact of automatic enrollment, and the emerging auto concept of Auto Portability. Williams details what Auto Portability is, the retirement challenges it intends to solve, how it differs from today’s auto-cashouts or auto-rollovers and shares how employers or retirement service partners can get involved.

Mar
23
2018

When 401(k) Participants Go Missing: How It Happens, The Impact & What To Do!

RCH Founder, President and CEO Spencer Williams speaks with Rick Unser of 401(k) Fridays, taking on the old problem of missing participants, as well as auto portability, the new solution that may help keep participant information current, prevent cashout leakage and consolidate participants' retirement savings within the 401(k) system.

401k Specialist
Sep
17
2020

Automated 401k Portability: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Writing in 401k Specialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins examines the vital importance of automation in transforming 401(k) portability from an impractical “great idea” into a reality – and not just for small-balance participants, but eventually for the entire 401(k) ecosystem – including participants, plan sponsors and their service providers.

Aug
19
2020

Why ‘Sudden Money’ and Preserving 401k Assets Don’t Mix

Writing in 401k Specialist, Tom Hawkins establishes a strong link between the phenomenon of ‘sudden money’ – where a financial windfall can result in ruinous decisions – and the problem of unnecessary 401(k) cashout leakage. 401(k) plan features that encourage active plan participants to amass long-term retirement savings are a big success, but fail following a job change, when separated participants view their former employer’s balance as a financial windfall. To address the scourge of sudden money and its attendant cashout leakage, Hawkins examines 3 ‘faux’ solutions that fall short, and recommends the application of clearinghouse principles to effectively solve the problem.

Aug
11
2020

The 'Tragicomedy' of 401k Cashout Leakage

In his 8/11/20 article in 401k Specialist, RCH’s Tom Hawkins characterizes the phenomenon of cashout leakage as a “tragicomedy” – incorporating aspects of both a tragedy and a comedy, but ultimately delivering a happy ending. While cashout leakage represents an ongoing tragedy, the term itself is goofy, and tough to take seriously, asserts Hawkins. However, recent events indicate that the widespread adoption of auto portability will finally deliver a happy ending to the problem.

Jul
24
2020

How to Close the Coming COVID-19 Retirement Savings Gap

Writing in 401k Specialist, RCH’s Tom Hawkins foresees the emergence of a COVID-19 retirement savings gap, driven by unprecedented levels of terminated participants and relaxed penalties on withdrawals. To address the problem, Hawkins calls upon the private sector to embrace solutions such as auto portability -- that will begin to close the gap, stem unnecessary cashout leakage and deliver ongoing benefits that will extend well beyond the current crisis.

Jul
14
2020

401k Auto Portability Goes Public in Nationwide Rollout

401k Specialist Editor-in-Chief John Sullivan, who has written extensively about auto portability, covers today's announcement that Alight Solutions -- a leading provider of defined contribution / 401(k) plan recordkeeping services -- will spearhead auto portability's launch and offer the RCH service to its clients.

Apr
29
2020

Extend the Spirit of the CARES Act to Automatic Rollovers

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, RCH's Tom Hawkins examines another burden borne by millions of participants, when they’re furloughed or laid off and become subject to ‘traditional’ automatic rollover IRAs – where they’ll likely face high levels of cashouts, predatory fees and barriers to exit. Now, more than ever, it’s important for sponsors to act and to redress this burden. For sponsors utilizing traditional automatic rollover IRAs, Hawkins urges them to demonstrate their caring through three actions that will help address the problem and will deliver significant societal benefit.

Apr
20
2020

401k Specialist Magazine Features Auto Portability

Issue 2, 2020 of the 401k Specialist Magazine features an article by RCH's Tom Hawkins. In his piece "The New Age of 401(k) Portability", Hawkins identifies clear, across-the-board indications that America's defined contribution (DC) system is entering a "new age" of plan-to-plan portability. Portability, Hawkins contends, is the "missing ingredient" that, when added to 401(k) plans, will resolve the damaging disconnect between America's highly-mobile workforce and their immobile retirement savings.

Feb
28
2020

SECURE Act Impact: 3% Reduction in Retirement Deficit?

401kSpecialist Magazine's Managing Editor Brian Anderson reports on EBRI's 2/21/20 Issue Brief, which examines key provisions of the SECURE Act. In his article, Anderson notes that the overall reduction in the nation's Retirement Savings Shortfall (RSS) directly attributed to the legislation is 3%. However, when EBRI factors in auto portability, Anderson writes that "the overall reduction in retirement savings shortfalls is 10.0%" -- a significant increase over baseline.

Feb
12
2020

401kSpecialist: Socially Conscious Corporations Will Solve 401k Cashout Leakage

Writing in 401kSpecialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins predicts that socially conscious private-sector corporations will soon address the nation's 401(k) cashout leakage crisis by adopting plan-to-plan portability, including auto portability. Driving Hawkins' conclusions are three key developments: 1) a growing understanding of the problem and its societal impacts, 2) access to viable portability solutions and 3) corporate acceptance of the responsibility to act for the benefit of society. Hawkins further notes that this view is now being echoed in retirement research & public policy circles.

Jan
30
2020

The New Age of 401(k) Plan Portability

Writing in 401kSpecialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins identifies clear, across-the-board indications that America's defined contribution (DC) system is entering a "new age" of plan-to-plan portability. Portability, Hawkins contends, is the "missing ingredient" that, when added to 401(k) plans, will resolve the damaging disconnect between America's highly-mobile workforce and their immobile retirement savings.

Nov
04
2019

EBRI: Nation-Wide Auto IRA Program Would Get Huge Boost from Auto Portability

401(k) Specialist Managing Editor Brian Anderson addresses the latest EBRI Issue Brief, which examined two policy initiatives -- the rollout of a hypothetical, nationwide OregonSaves-like auto IRA program, as well as the widespread adoption of 401(k) safe harbor plans. While EBRI found that both policy initiatives could have a substantial impact on the nation's retirement savings shortfall (RSS), combining them with auto portability turbo-charged their results. When combined with auto portability, a nation-wide OregonSaves initiative generated additional, incremental benefits of $303 billion, while adding a whopping $386 billion to the benefits of 401(k) safe harbor plans.

Sep
27
2019

Why 401k Auto Portability is Just the Right Thing to Do

In the fifth installment of his five-part series on 401(k) cashout leakage in 401k Specialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins addresses auto portability, a solution that not only makes sound business sense, but delivers a positive societal impact for the corporations adopting it. Citing the recent "Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation" from members of the Business Roundtable, Hawkins believes that as these socially-conscious corporations examine auto portability, they’ll quickly become convinced that auto portability is both a sound business decision, as well as the right thing to do.

Sep
17
2019

Promising Policies to Reduce 401k Cashout Leakage

In the fourth installment of his five-part series on 401(k) cashout leakage, RCH's Tom Hawkins examines three policy options to address the problem, and finds that policies facilitating portability and addressing financial emergencies have the most promise. Facilitating portability, adds Hawkins, is extensively supported by research -- and in the case of auto portability -- has an already-established regulatory framework with no barriers to widespread adoption.

Aug
22
2019

How Big is the 401k Cashout Leakage Problem (Really)?

In his five-part series in 401k Specialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins sheds light on the problem of cashout leakage, a silent crisis that unnecessarily robs millions of Americans of their retirement security. In his third article in the series, Hawkins examines the magnitude of the 401(k) cashout leakage problem, sharing new statistics recently supplied by EBRI, and offering some interesting comparisons so the reader can fully-grasp the enormity of the problem.

Aug
19
2019

401k Auto Portability ‘Significantly Reduces’ Retirement Savings Gap: EBRI

401k Specialist Editor-in-Chief John Sullivan reviews EBRI's latest Issue Brief, which highlights the problem of 401(k) cashout leakage, while projecting impressive, beneficial impacts of auto portability on addressing the leakage issue. As Sullivan article leads off, "the numbers are in, and solid" and include analysis of auto portability's benefits as a standalone initiative, as well as in tandem with other policy initiatives that expand plan access. Regarding policies that expand access, Sullivan quotes EBRI Research Director Jack VanDerhei, who states “our analysis further suggests that an auto portability initiative that reduces plan leakage can materially augment such efforts.”

Aug
06
2019

DOL Gives 401k ‘Auto Portability’ Major Boost

In his 8/6/19 article, 401k Specialist Editor-in-Chief John Sullivan addresses the DOL's recent guidance for the RCH Auto Portability program, stating that "the auto revolution in retirement plans (auto-enrollment, escalation, deferral) adds another option with the release last week of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final Prohibited Transaction Exemption (PTE) for auto portability." Sullivan goes on to quote RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams, who states that published comments from industry trade groups regarding auto portability were “overwhelmingly positive” while also pointing out the "legal protections for plan sponsors to help small-balance participants preserve their savings."

Jul
30
2019

401k Cashout Confusion: Who’s Doing It and Why?

In his five-part series in 401k Specialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins sheds light on the problem of cashout leakage, a silent crisis that unnecessarily robs millions of Americans of their retirement security. In his second article in the series, Hawkins examines the demographics of 401(k) cashout leakage, identifying those segments of the population most impacted by the problem, as well as those who stand to benefit the most from a solution.

Jul
14
2019

5 Positive Retirement Plan Proposals Currently Circling Washington

401k Specialist Editor-In-Chief John Sullivan reports on EBRI's 7/11/19 analysis of DC legislative proposals, including mandatory coverage (auto-IRAs), immediate annuities, open MEPs and changes to required minimum distributions -- all of which deliver significant retirement public policy benefits, as measured by their simulated reduction in the retirement savings shortfall (RSS). Importantly, Sullivan singles out auto portability as providing the most-impressive benefits, noting: "if a full auto portability scenario is assumed on top of all of the aforementioned changes to the retirement system, the average retirement deficit is simulated to decrease by 27.1 percent."

Jul
09
2019

Why 401k Cashout Leakage is a Crisis

In his five-part series in 401k Specialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins sheds light on the problem of cashout leakage, a silent crisis that unnecessarily robs millions of Americans of their retirement security. In his first article, Hawkins addresses the fundamentals of cashout leakage -- defining it, clearing up common sources of confusion, and identifying why the problem continues to persist.

May
31
2019

​401k Auto Portability’s Role in Reducing Cybersecurity Risk

In the 5th installment of his five-part series featured in 401K Specialist on "How Auto Portability Serves Participants' Best Interests", RCH's Tom Hawkins examines how auto portability can mitigate retirement savings cybersecurity risks. Auto portability, writes Hawkins, employs the simple-but-powerful principle of consolidation to lower cyber-risk by 1) reducing the cyber-threat attack surface, 2) minimizing fraud-prone, small-balance retirement savings accounts and 3) securely moving retirement savings forward.

May
29
2019

3 Ways Auto Portability Promotes 401k Financial Wellness

In the 4th installment of his five-part series in 401kSpecialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins examines how a program of auto portability can enhance 401(k) participants' financial wellness. To make his case, Hawkins identifies three ways auto portability promotes financial well-being, including: 1) preventing unnecessary 401(k) cashouts, 2) helping 401(k) participants clear the "$10,000 hurdle" and 3) simplifying retirement planning.

May
06
2019

How 401k Auto Portability is Linked to Higher Efficiency, Lower Expenses

In the third installment of his five-part series on how auto portability serves participants' best interests, RCH's Tom Hawkins examines how auto portability can promote higher plan efficiency and lower plan expenses by 1) reducing small-balance accounts and 2) increasing plan assets. To illustrate these benefits, Hawkins uses the Auto Portability Simulation (APS) to model a hypothetical, 10,000 participant plan over 40 years, with and without auto portability.

Apr
30
2019

401kSpecialist: Where Are We in the Fight For 401k Auto-Portability?

On April 16th, as part of their Strategic Issues Webinar Series, the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute delivered the webinar Regulatory and Legislative Trends Impacting the U.S. Retirement System, featuring presenter Michael Kreps, Principal, Groom Law Group, and a highly-influential voice in DC on retirement public policy. Kreps provided an insider's update on auto portability, which he characterized as having the potential to deliver “an enormous boost to the industry and to participants in general.”

Apr
15
2019

Auto Portability: A much-needed upgrade for automatic rollover programs

In the 2nd installment of his five-part series in 401k Specialist "How Auto Portability Serves Participants' Best Interests", RCH's Tom Hawkins examines how auto portability, by extending and enhancing elements of automatic rollovers, establishes a new standard of participant care. Auto portability, writes Hawkins, protects participants by: 1) minimizing time spent in a safe harbor IRA, 2) eliminating the need to cash out balances less than $1,000, 3) enhancing participant communication, 4) formally integrating a robust address location search and 5) establishing a transparent, simple & straightforward fee structure.

Mar
20
2019

How Auto Portability Serves the Best Interest of 401k Participants-Part 1

In his five-part series in 401kSpecialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins identifies five key reasons why an auto portability program serves the best interests of plan participants. Part 1 of the series examines the dramatically improved participant outcomes that result from a program of auto portability. Those outcomes, Hawkins contends, demonstrate that plan sponsors who adopt auto portability are acting prudently and solely in the interests of their plan’s participants and beneficiaries.

Feb
21
2019

Auto Portability: Preventer of 401k 'Leakage'

401kSpecialist's Brian Anderson finds a lot to like about auto portability in EBRI's Issue Brief No. 473, which compares outcomes of participants in 401k plans with auto-enrollment against defined benefit plans. The research, says Anderson, shows "how auto-portability in 401k plans could positively impact the retirement security for millions of job-changing Americans by preventing 401k plan leakage before it can occur." Anderson continues, writing: "[t]he concept of auto-portability is a darling of major retirement industry associations, and it’s not hard to see why."

Jan
15
2019

Retirement Industry Associations in Alignment on 401k Auto Portability

401(k) Specialist contributor Tom Hawkins examines the official public comments by large, retirement-focused organizations on the proposed RCH Auto Portability Prohibited Transaction Exemption (PTE), which were posted on 1/7/19. Some distinguished retirement industry organizations weighed in, representing a diverse cross-section of stakeholders, including: retirees, women, businesses, plan sponsors, retirement industry professionals, securities firms, banks, and asset management companies. If their feedback is any indication, then auto portability has a bright future.

Dec
18
2018

401kSpecialist: How to Tame the Biggest Threat to a Secure Retirement

In his 12/17/18 article in 401kSpecialist, contributor Robert Lawton identifies healthcare savings as one of the biggest threats to a secure retirement, advocating for policies that support greater use of HSAs. In his analysis, Lawton also identifies auto portability and open MEPs as "good ideas to help address perceived deficiencies in existing 401(k) plans."

Nov
08
2018

401k Specialist: DOL Wants Your Opinion on Auto Portability

The 401kSpecialist’s Jessa Claeys notes the DOL’s 11/7/18 Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) request for public comment on RCH’s proposed exemption, and advises her readers to comment, if they have strong opinions. The DOL’s exemption, says Claeys, would excuse RCH from ERISA and IRC rules that don’t allow sponsors or fiduciaries to use plan or employee assets for moving a former employee’s retirement savings forward, into their current-employer’s plan.

Aug
16
2018

401k Specialist: A Tale of Two 401(k) Balance Segments

In his August 2018 article in 401k Specialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins reveals new research predicting 401(k) participant outcomes following separation for two balance segments – those above & below $15,000. Using logic developed in the Auto Portability Simulation to track & tally participant outcomes 8 years following separation, the results reveal a startling contrast between the two segments – with participants in the over-$15,000 segment experiencing far-superior outcomes to those in the under-$15,000 segment. To address the disparities, Hawkins advocates for a new “automatic” in the form of auto portability.

Jul
19
2018

401k Specialist Features Recent Retirement Savings Portability Developments

401k Specialist features a July 2018 article by RCH's Tom Hawkins, addressing recent public policy activities on the issue of retirement savings portability. In his article, Hawkins examines three developments, all taking place in late June, and looks ahead to the anticipated delivery of an Advisory Opinion by the Department of Labor on auto portability.

May
23
2018

401k Specialist: Understanding (And Solving) The Problem Of Women’s 401k ‘Leakage’

At a May 22nd, 2018 Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) roundtable, RCH EVP Tom Johnson debuts new women's 401(k) cashout leakage statistics. This important new data highlights the challenges that women face in preserving their small-balance 401(k) retirement savings when changing jobs, and also points to the promise of auto portability to preserve these savings in order to achieve higher balance levels, where more virtuous behaviors can prevail.

Apr
02
2018

Are You All-In For A 401k Roll-In?

In his 4/02/18 article for 401k Specialist, Tom Hawkins asks plan sponsors to consider where they stand on encouraging rollovers into their 401(k) plan ("roll-ins") from new participants. Presenting the historical progression of roll-ins from 2012 to present, Hawkins then describes 3 levels of roll-in support that plan sponsors can offer. The most effective, says Hawkins, is Level 3, where plan sponsors adopt a facilitated roll-in service, which makes the process worry- and hassle-free for participants.

Mar
14
2018

401k Specialist: How Bad Is The 401k ‘Missing Participant’ Problem?

In his March 14, 2018 article in 401k Specialist, Editor John Sullivan covers the new, joint survey conducted by Boston Research Technologies (BRT) and RCH on the problem of missing participants. The article quotes RCH Founder, President and CEO Spencer Williams and Sullivan notes that the findings are "another arrow in the quiver for 401k auto portability."

Feb
13
2018

Why We Urgently Need A ‘Sustainable’ 401k Defined Contribution System

In his latest article in 401k Specialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins makes the case for creating a 'sustainable' 401(k) defined contribution system. According to Hawkins, the current 401(k) system is unsustainable due to 1) rampant cashout leakage, 2) an explosion of small-balance accounts and 3) a surge in missing participants. Auto portability, says Hawkins, can address these problems and bring sustainability to our defined contribution system.

Jan
22
2018

2 Important Retirement Plan Initiatives Moving Forward

With "Rothification" in the rear-view mirror in 2017, retirement savings policymakers have begun turning their attention to other, more-promising initiatives in 2018 -- namely, auto portability and missing participants.

Jan
02
2018

401k Specialist: Why Auto Portability Makes Everything Better

Great all by itself, auto portability also makes other retirement savings public policy initiatives a lot better.

Oct
18
2017

What To Do About Missing 401k Participants

RCH's Tom Hawkins examines the American Benefits Council's recent letter to the Department of Labor, pointing out the Council's understanding of the root causes of missing participants.

Sep
25
2017

The ‘Problem’ Of Small 401k Accounts (And What To Do About It)

New research shows that the number of active, small-balance 401(k) accounts is growing, creating problems for plan sponsors and participants.

Aug
17
2017

401k 'Cashout' Craziness Continues

In his 8/17/17 article in 401kSpecialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins delivers an update on RCH's National Retirement Savings Cashout Clock.

Jun
10
2017

401kSpecialist Features Auto Portability Benefits

In his latest article in 401kSpecialist, RCH’s Neal Ringquist identifies the primary beneficiaries of Auto Portability.

May
17
2017

Tick Tock: Introducing The Retirement Savings ‘Cash-Out Clock’

401k Specialist introduces Retirement Clearinghouse's National Retirement Savings Cash Out Clock, which depicts 2017 401(k) cash out leakage in real time.

Apr
24
2017

Why Retirement Savings Need To Be ‘Recycled’

In his 4/24/17 article in 401kSpecialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins explains why we're more environmentally conscious, not fiscally conscious.

Apr
07
2017

401(k) Participants Would Save $2 Trillion With Auto Portability

In his 4/6/17 article in 401kSpecialist, John Sullivan highlights the latest EBRI research that places the value of Auto Portability to 401(k) participants at $2 trillion.

Mar
14
2017

A Stealth Solution to America's 401(k) Savings Crisis

In a March 2017 article in 401kSpecialist Magazine, RCH EVP Neal Ringquist contends that Auto Portability has begun to emerge as a "stealth" solution for the serious problem of 401(k) cashout leakage.

Feb
28
2017

401kSpecialist: Big Changes Coming for Small 401k Accounts

In his 2/28/17 article in 401kSpecialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins addresses the big changes ahead for small 401(k) accounts, driven by Auto Portability.

Feb
17
2017

401kSpecialist: Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes With Small 401(k)s

In 401KSpecialist Magazine, Neal Ringquist takes a hard look at a legislative recommendation to increase the limit for automatic rollovers to $10,000.

Jan
24
2017

RCH in 401KSpecialist: How to Remove 'Friction' from the 401(k) System

In his 1/24/17 article in 401KSpecialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins summarizes the issue of 'friction' in our 401(k) system, focusing on the recent, joint EBRI-RCH testimony before the ERISA Advisory Council by Tom Johnson and Craig Copeland.

Dec
30
2016

RCH in 401(k) Specialist: How Auto Portability Will Bridge the Minority Participation Gap

RCH's Tom Hawkins addresses how Auto Portability will help increase minority 401(k) participation by increasing auto enrollment.

Oct
26
2016

RCH in 401K Specialist Magazine: Is Adoption Of 401k Auto-Enrollment Decreasing?

Tom Hawkins shares with 401k Specialist Magazine, "Why the industry is losing steam?"

Sep
22
2016

Hidden Gem in EBRI-ICI Study: Synthetic Tenure

Neal Ringquist reviews the recent EBRI/ICI study and discovers a hidden gem: synthetic tenure.

Sep
08
2016

Does 401k 'Auto Portability' Really Work? Yes!

Does 401(k) Auto Portability really work? The answer -- according to RCH's Spencer Williams and Neal Ringquist -- is an emphatic "yes." In their joint article in 401KSpecialist, Williams and Ringquist point to the Auto Portability Simulation (APS) model to support their claims.

Aug
23
2016

RCH in 401K Specialist Magazine: Why Small Balance 401k Distributions Are Falling Through The Cracks

Cash-outs are at epidemic levels; Why are small 401(k)s getting swallowed?

Aug
10
2016

RCH in 401kSpecialist Magazine: The Power Of 401K Auto Portability: A Case Study

Closely examining the year-by-year results, we noticed something odd; Does 401(k) auto-portability really pay off?

Aug
04
2016

RCH in 401K Specialist Magazine: How To Curb 401k Cash-Out Leakage

The problem is particularly acute for small-balance 401(k) accounts; Leakage can make a 401(k) go splat.

Aug
01
2016

RCH in 401K Specialist Magazine: 401k Auto Portability Goes To Washington

What happens when participants change jobs? The next big 401(k) issue to hit Washington lawmakers could be auto-portability.

Dec
18
2015

401kSpecialist Highlights Auto Portability, RCH

John Sullivan highlights the rise of Auto Portability as an emerging solution to address the problem of leakage.

401kTV
Jul
23
2020

Financial Wellness Benefit Looks Different Post-Pandemic

In his 7/23/20 piece for 401kTV, Managing Editor Steff Chalk examines financial wellness programs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chalk states that "the pandemic has wrapped financial wellness benefit programs in a shroud of reality" and that quantifying their results is now more important than ever. For a dose of reality, Chalk turns to RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams, extensively citing his 1/20/20 article in Employee Benefit News. In that article, Williams makes a strong case for auto portability "as a solution to the financial wellness ROI conundrum for employers."

Jun
16
2020

Wellness Benefits Gaining Acceptance and Respect

Writing for 401kTV, Steff Chalk, Executive Director of The Retirement Advisor University, describes the growing employer acceptance of wellness benefits, as they become more readily measurable. Chalk extensively quotes an article previously authored by RCH's Spencer Williams in Employee Benefit News, where Williams itemizes the many real, quantifiable and positive impacts of auto portability on participants' financial wellness.

Jan
13
2020

Financial Wellness Benefits Simplified by Auto-Portability

Picking up on a theme from RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams, 401kTV Managing Editor Steff Chalk examines the quantifiable financial wellness benefits that could be realized by plan sponsors and their participants, via the adoption of auto portability. Linking to an article previously authored by Williams in Employee Benefit News, Chalk runs down the litany of persuasive proof points offered by Williams, concluding: "we couldn't have said it better."

May
09
2019

401kTV Features Auto Portability as Key to Cybersecurity Risk Management

401kTV's Steff Chalk examines the issue of 401(k) cybersecurity, specifically focusing on the benefits of auto portability in the management of cybersecurity risk. Referencing RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams' recent article in Employee Benefit News, Chalk states that "the technology that makes 401k auto-portability possible may also enhance existing industry best practices that protect plan participants’ personal data." Chalk also adds that "plan sponsors [should] embrace 401k auto-portability to lessen the instances of small-balance accounts and missing participants."

Nov
27
2017

401kTV Features Boston Research Technologies' Findings on Auto Portability

401kTV's Robyn Kurdek examines Boston Research Technologies' research on the initial launch of auto portability.

Jun
01
2017

RCH Cash Out Leakage Video Featured on 401kTV

401kTV has featured an RCH video "The Fundamentals of 401(k) Cash Out Leakage."

Apr
06
2017

401kTV: Retirement Plan Portability Important to Every Plan Sponsor

401kTV's Tim Kelly explores Auto Portability, and makes a strong case that it's important to every plan sponsor, due to America's mobile workforce and adverse outcomes at job change. Kelly quotes Spencer Williams and also embeds video from the recent forum in Washington, DC: "Retirement Plan Portability & Public Policy: Unlocking the potential in portability."

Jan
19
2017

RCH Releases Video "The ABCs of Auto Portability"

RCH releases a video entitled "The ABCs of Auto Portability" -- providing viewers with a basic understanding of how 401(k) Auto Portability works.

Nov
07
2016

401KTV Features RCH Video on Plugging 401(k) Leakage

On 11/7/16, 401KTV.com featured the RCH video "What Plan Sponsors Can Do to Plug 401(k) Leakage."

Oct
19
2016

401KTV Features RCH CEO Spencer Williams

In the first of an ongoing series of interviews, 401KTV's Editor in Chief Fred Barstein talks to RCH CEO Spencer Williams about the basics of America's mobile workforce.

Sep
28
2016

401kTV Features "Five Misconceptions About 401(k) Leakage"

401kTV features the educational video "Five Common Misconceptions About 401(k) Leakage, designed to present plan sponsors with the fact and common misconceptions that surround the topic of leakage from the 401(k) system.

401kWire
Jul
16
2020

Alight Is the First RKer to Add This Kind of Feature

Reporting on Alight Solutions' 7/14/20 announcement that they will offer RCH Auto Portability to their DC recordkeeping clients, The 401kWire's Lauren Corradi interviews RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams to gain more insight. Williams states that "Alight's adoption sends an 'all clear' signal to all plan sponsors that RCH Auto Portability is a legitimate and beneficial service for their participants." In her piece, Corradi also quotes Alight's EVP Alison Borland.

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Aug
08
2019

DoL Green-Lights a Newer Auto Feature

The 401kWire covers the "long-awaited news from the Department of Labor" which arrived 7/31/19, in the form of a prohibited transaction exemption (PTE) for the RCH Auto Portability program. The publication quotes RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams, who states "it's been a long time in the making, and we're dancing in the streets right now, we're very happy with the final action."

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Nov
26
2018

The 401K Wire: What to Make of Auto-Portability

The 401kWire's Neil Anderson takes the pulse of some key retirement industry figures in his 11/26/18 piece "What to Make of Auto-Portability." Quoting Lew Minsky (DCIIA), Steve Saxon (Groom Law), Lynn Dudley (American Benefits Council) and Tim Rouse (Spark Institute), the consensus is that auto-portability, as well as the DOL's recent actions, represent positive developments for the retirement industry. Finally, Anderson speaks with RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams, who discusses his going-forward initiative to ramp up outreach to recordkeepers.

Nov
19
2018

401k Wire: As the DoL Smiles, a Roll-In Specialist Ramps Up

The 401k Wire's Neal Anderson speaks with Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) President & CEO Spencer Williams to get the scoop on RCH's industry outreach and alliance-building activities, in the wake of recent favorable actions from the Department of Labor on the RCH auto portability program. Williams highlights some of the key conditions embedded in the Advisory Opinion and proposed transaction exemption, adding "we are thrilled to that we have these opinions" and "we're thrilled that the department recognized the public interest in auto-portability."

Nov
05
2018

$4B and 155,000 Accounts Later: 401kWire Covers RCH Milestone

On Monday, 11/5/18, The 401kWire's article "$4B and 155,000 Accounts Later" covers RCH's announcement (see RCH Press Release from 10/30/18) on crossing the $4 billion milestone for retirement assets consolidated. RCH CEO Spencer Williams and EVP Neal Ringquist are both quoted in the piece, which also addresses the critical role of auto portability in consolidating small-balance accounts, noting its initial implementation in July 2017.

Mar
29
2018

401KWire: What Is Driving the Missing Participant Issue?

In her 3/21/18 article, 401KWire’s Bridget Doyle extensively quotes RCH’s CEO Spencer Williams on the 401(k) industry’s missing participant problem. As Williams explains, there was little or no existing research on the problem, which spurred his decision to conduct a survey and to “do it from the plan participant’s perspective.” The new study, The Mobile Workforce's Missing Participant Problem, was released this month, and revealed that the problem is “very dynamic and growing” according to Williams. As Williams notes, new solutions are likely to emerge, best practices are hard to define -- but account consolidation will play a critical role.

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Nov
17
2017

How are participants reacting to Auto Portability?

401kWire's Cat Felle reports on the recently-released white paper by Boston Research Technologies.

Jul
26
2017

Retirement Clearinghouse Paves Path to Portability

401kWire's Chelsea Tyson reports on RCH's completion of the "first fully automated, end-to-end transfer of retirement savings from a safe harbor IRA into a participant's active account."

May
03
2017

RCH in 401kWire: Retirement Cashouts? There's a Clock for That

401kWire's Chelsea Tyson reports that Retirement Clearinghouse has recently launched its National Retirement Savings Cash Out Clock.

ASPPA NET
Nov
16
2019

EBRI: IRA Rollovers Often Deviate from 401(k) Asset Allocations

ASPPA Net reporter Ted Godbout examines new EBRI research that finds job-changing 401(k) participants' carefully-crafted asset allocation strategies can become dramatically inconsistent after rolling over balances to IRAs. This issue, the research says, "was particularly acute for small-balance rollovers of less than $5,000, as a large percentage of these assets ended up in MMFs as a default investment in the IRAs." EBRI noted that "facilitating the movement of the IRA assets of those still working back into 401(k) plans, such as through auto portability measures...could help achieve the longer-term asset allocation strategies...developed in 401(k) plans, particularly for accounts with lower balances."

Jul
31
2019

DOL Okays RCH's Auto-Portability Program

NAPA Net's Ted Godbout covers breaking news that the US Department of Labor has granted final approval to Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) for a Prohibited Transaction Exemption (PTE) for the RCH Auto Portability program. As Godbout states, "the RCH Program seeks to help eliminate duplicative fees and reduce retirement savings leakage by providing individuals who are changing jobs with a way to transfer retirement assets from their prior employers’ plans to their new employers’ plans." Godbout also references the DOL's Advisory Opinion 2018-01A, issued in November 2018, and cites EBRI research indicating that system-wide adoption of auto portability for "smaller accounts alone would save $1.5 trillion."

Also featured in ASPPA Net

May
23
2019

EBRI's VanDerhei Addresses PSCA Conference, Including Auto Portability Update

ASPPA Net's John Iekel covers EBRI Research Director Jack VanDerhei's 5/1/19 presentation before the PSCA National Conference, where VanDerhei provided an update on auto portability's benefits, as calculated in EBRI's Retirement Security Projection Model (RSPM). According to Iekel, VanDerhei asserted that "introducing auto-portability for participants who are Gen Xers reduced retirement savings shortfalls for couples regardless of which dies first, and for single people regardless of gender."

Also Featured in NAPA Net (link)

Nov
29
2018

ASPPA Net: Portability: Past Is Prologue, But Progress Possible

ASPPA Net's John Iekel examines the recent column by J. Mark Iwry, former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury, which addresses the recent actions by the DOL in support of the RCH auto portability program. Iwry, says Iekel, offers a unique perspective, having been a long-time proponent of retirement savings portability, and also having witnessed firsthand the difficulties in moving portability policy initiatives forward.

Aug
08
2018

ASSPA Net Reviews RCH Article on 401(k) Cashouts, Missing Participants

On 8/8/18, ASSPA Net's John Iekel reviews the 7/26/18 article in BenefitsPRO by RCH's Tom Hawkins, which draws a comparison between 401(k) missing participants and cashouts. In making the argument that 401(k) cashouts could be "orders-of-magnitude worse" than missing participants, Iekel summarizes Hawkins' logic, including: 1) missing participants have preserved their savings, 2) participants cashing out are far more numerous than those going missing and 3) almost two-thirds of cashouts are unnecessary. Hawkins' answer to address both problems, says Iekel, is the "introduction of auto-portability."

Apr
18
2018

ASPPA Net: Can Automation Help Solve the Missing Participant Problem?

In his 4/13/18 article, ASPPA Net's Ted Godbout examines key findings from the March 2018 RCH / Boston Research Technologies survey "The Mobile Workforce's Missing Participant Problem". Godbout covers the key highlights from the study, including the "remarkable" finding that 1/3 of the respondents had learned about accounts that they didn't realize they had, as well as the high percentage of respondents (60%) who would prefer an automated solution to update their address or consolidate their balances.

Bankrate
Jul
10
2019

8 things to know about your 401(k) when changing jobs

Bankrate's Dana Dratch offers readers a list of 8 key things to know about their 401(k) accounts when changing jobs. While 401(k) accounts "are designed to be portable" Dratch acknowledges that "moving [a] 401(k) is more challenging" than most realize. Dratch provides a solid overview of participants' options, counsels them against cashing out, and cites Retirement Clearinghouse's 2017 research that indicated more than 30% will take this unfortunate action following a job change.

Barron's
Dec
09
2018

Barron's: You Should Combine Your Small 401(k) Accounts. Here’s Why.

In her 12/9/18 opinion piece in Barron's, noted retirement researcher Alicia H. Munnell takes stock of the recent DOL actions on the RCH Auto Portability program, which she characterizes as "good news" and a "win for the 401(k) system." Munnell credits RCH's Spencer Williams and Tom Johnson for the solution, which automatically consolidates small accounts as employees change jobs, addressing the 401(k) system's cashout leakage problem.

Nov
16
2018

Barron's: The 401(k) Turns 40, And Like All Birthdays, There’s Good and Bad

In their feature story marking the 40th anniversary of the 401(k), Barron's reporter Sarah Max takes a look at the past, present and future of the now-legendary plan brought to life by the Revenue Act of 1978. Although the "401(k) has been a huge success" Max identifies leakage as a persistent problem and notes the recent emergence of auto portability as a going-forward solution to the problem.

Nov
16
2018

Barrons: How to Fix the 401(k)

As part of their overall feature "40 Years of the 401(k) - The Good, the Bad and the Future", Barron's reporter Sarah Max examines 5 initiatives that could help "fix" the 401(k). At the top of her list is auto portability, which Max indicates could "reduce leakage that occurs when employees cash out of small plans." Other initiatives also mentioned include multiple employer plans (MEPs), the Automatic Retirement Plan Act of 2017 (ARPA), Guaranteed Retirement Accounts, and Icon.

Oct
10
2018

Barron's Article on 401(k) Leakage Features RCH Research

In her October 10th, 2018 article "Don't Let a 'Leaky' 401(k) Mess Up Your Retirement" Barron's reporter Reshma Kapadia examines the problem of 401(k) cashout leakage. Kapadia cites recent research by Retirement Clearinghouse, which explores the impact on minority savers of pairing savings preservation (via auto portability) with the open MEPs expanded access initiative.

BenefitsPro
Jun
24
2020

Institutionalized 401(k) portability needed now more than ever

Writing for BenefitsPRO, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams examines the retirement-related circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 crisis, and sets forth a persuasive argument for the systemic adoption, or "institutionalization" of auto portability. By more-effectively coping with large numbers of terminated participants, auto portability will help reduce unnecessary cashouts, including "automatic" cashouts under $1,000, which Williams advises sponsors to avoid completely. During the crisis, when reduced mobility is the norm, Williams further advises sponsors to conduct participant searches to ensure that records are kept up-to-date.

Apr
30
2019

EBRI webinar examines impact of tenure on retirement savings

RCH's Tom Hawkins summarizes the April 10th EBRI webinar Trends in Employee Tenure, which offered EBRI’s latest research examining broad employee tenure trends, and the impact that shorter tenure has on retirement savings. The webinar’s presenters included Craig Copeland, EBRI and Spencer Williams, Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH), and was moderated by Stacy Schaus, Schaus Group LLC. In his portion of the presentation, Williams introduced the concept of “synthetic tenure” – whereby enhancing system-wide portability -- particularly for small accounts -- enables participants to preserve their savings through job changes, mirroring the success of EBRI’s longer-tenured, “consistent participation” population.

Mar
22
2019

Auto-portability: A way to address 401(k) leakage

In his 3/22/19 article in BenefitsPRO, Pentegra's RIchard Rausser advocates for auto portability as a means to address the serious problem of "leakage" from the 401(k) retirement system. Rausser's article first looks to research from the Center for Retirement Research (CRR) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to underscore the dimensions of the leakage problem, and goes on to cite EBRI research that demonstrates the positive impact of auto portability. Rausser concludes by referencing the DOL's November 2018 actions on RCH's auto portability program, including the pending prohibited transaction exemption, stating that "others in the industry are strongly in favor of auto-portability."

Feb
19
2019

BenefitsPRO: Auto-portability boosts 401(k) results in new EBRI research

In his 2/19/19 article in BenefitsPRO, RCH's Tom Hawkins examines new research, authored by EBRI Research Director Jack VanDerhei, Ph.D., comparing the retirement income generated by 401(k) plans with auto enrollment against defined benefit (DB) plans. While EBRI's primary objective was to address growing concern over the relative decline of DB plans, the study also identified significant, incremental benefits of auto portability, adding to a growing body of research from EBRI demonstrating that auto portability increases retirement security for 401(k) participants.

Dec
06
2018

BenefitsPRO: What is auto-portability? It depends on who’s asking.

With 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?” In his December 2018 article in BenefitsPRO, RCH Senior Vice President Tom Hawkins suggests that the best answer may depend on who's asking the question, but one thing's clear: auto portability is an idea whose time has come.

Oct
11
2018

RCH in BenefitsPRO: Pairing Savings Preservation with Expanded Access for Minorities

In their October 11, 2018 article in BenefitsPRO, RCH's Spencer Williams and Tom Hawkins address an important retirement public policy question: How would a pairing of auto portability with open multiple employer plans (or “open MEPs”) impact the retirement savings of America’s minorities, and particularly, African-Americans? The RCH analysis found that expanded access initiatives, such as open MEPs, could serve as a catalyst to increase minority participation in employer-sponsored 401(k) plans, but could fall short in preserving minorities' retirement savings. When combined with auto portability, open MEPs could generate far more wealth at retirement, and deliver greater retirement security for minorities.

Aug
28
2018

RCH in BenefitsPRO: Don't become a 401(k) DIY horror story

In his latest article in BenefitsPRO, RCH EVP Spencer Pringle offers job-changing 401(k) participants important tips on how to avoid becoming a 401(k) DIY “horror story.” Pringle examines three DIY scenarios for participants to avoid, including cashing out, stranding a 401(k) balance at a previous employer and finally, attempting a DIY roll-in. Auto portability, education and assistance, says Pringle, are keys to overcoming the traps.

Jul
26
2018

RCH in BenefitsPRO: 401(k) Truth Bomb: Missing Participants are Bad, 401(k) Cashouts are Worse

In his 7/26/18 article in BenefitsPRO, RCH's Tom Hawkins addresses the dual problems of missing participants and 401(k) cashouts, which both share common causes – a mobile American workforce and a lack of retirement savings portability. While missing participants are bad and have been receiving a great deal of attention, the issue of 401(k) cashouts is actually much worse, as annual cashouts outpace new missing participant accounts by a factor of almost 25-to-1. Fortunately, retirement savings portability, in the form of auto portability, delivers a “two-fer” by providing a strategic solution to both.

Jun
06
2018

RCH in BenefitsPro: 401(k) consolidation: What every plan sponsor should know

Plan sponsors know that an explosion of small-balance 401(k) accounts held by terminated participants can create problems, but few sponsors are clear on the underlying causes, and fewer still understand how they can utilize consolidation programs to solve the problem. In his 6/6/18 article in BenefitsPRO, RCH’s Tom Hawkins offers plan sponsors a framework to understand and address the small account problem, applying proven solutions that promote account consolidation.

Apr
20
2018

America’s modern 'throwaway': 401(k) retirement savings

In his article in BenefitsPro, RCH’s Tom Hawkins draws attention to the modern-day waste that occurs when 401(k) participants change jobs and prematurely cash out their retirement savings. Similar to America’s post-World War II “throwaway” culture which gave rise to modern recycling initiatives, Hawkins argues that the solution to 401(k) cashout leakage is auto portability, and predicts that it will catch on as key stakeholders acknowledge the severity of the problem, accept responsibility for solving it and act collaboratively to hasten auto portability’s widespread adoption.

Mar
16
2018

BenefitsPRO Features RCH Missing Participant Survey

BenefitsPRO's Marlene Satter adds her voice to the retirement industry media covering the ground-breaking Missing Participant Survey (link) by Boston Research Technologies and Retirement Clearinghouse. Satter cites key findings from the survey and quotes executives Warren Cormier and Spencer Williams.

Jul
05
2017

BenefitsPRO: Plug the Leaks Before Expanding Access

In a 7/5/17 article in BenefitsPRO, RCH's Tom Hawkins makes the case that 401(k) cashout leakage should be plugged, prior to expanding access to workplace retirement savings accounts.

Apr
04
2017

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

The African-American community faces a retirement crisis. Auto portability may be able to help resolve the crisis by helping to prevent cashouts and move retirement savings balances forward.

Feb
07
2017

BenefitsPRO: Small Step for 401(k) Plans Equals Big Leap for Retirement Readiness

In his 2/6/17 article in BenefitsPRO, RCH EVP Neal Ringquist makes the case for Auto Portability. Ringquist likens Auto Portability to a "small step in the right direction" for 401(k) plans, yet one that produces a highly-positive impact on retirement readiness.

Nov
30
2016

RCH in BenefitsPro: An Infrastructure Project that Saves Trillions

In his 11/30/16 article in BenefitsPro, RCH's Tom Hawkins makes the case that reducing cashout leakage is one of America's most-beneficial infrastructure projects, saving trillions while costing taxpayers nothing.

Oct
17
2016

RCH in BenefitsPro: A different ‘save’ to consider during National Save for Retirement Week

Neal Ringquist and Tom Hawkins discuss how we can save retirement itself for National Save for Retirement Week via BenefitsPRO.

Aug
12
2016

RCH in BenefitsPro: EBRI forum examines causes of retirement plan leakage

Marlene Y. Satter addresses retirement plan leakage, topping the agenda at the 78th EBRI Policy Forum in May.

Aug
11
2016

RCH in BenefitsPro: Study: Here's one way to slow 401(k) plan leakage

Marlene Y. Satter, in her 8/11/16 article in BenefitsPro, takes a deeper look into the study from Boston Research Technologies and RCH.

May
13
2016

BenefitsPro Talks With Spencer Williams on Orphaned Accounts, Auto Portability Simulation

BenefitsPro's Nick Thornton interviews RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams as RCH unveils the Auto Portability Simulation (APS) model at EBRI's annual Policy Forum.

Jan
14
2016

Williams Provides Reaction to Presidential Call for Plan Portability

Spencer Williams provides BenefitsPro's Nick Thornton with his reaction to President Obama's call for retirement plan portability.

Dec
11
2015

RCH in BenefitsPro: Addressing the critical problem of 401(k) cash-outs

BenefitsPro's Nick Thonrton quotes RCH's CEO Spencer Williams on the problem of plan leakage through cash outs.

Black Enterprise
Jul
15
2020

BET Founder Bob Johnson Addresses Auto Portability in BlackEnterprise.com Interview

The RLJ Companies Founder & Chairman, and RCH majority owner Bob Johnson is interviewed by Black Enterprise's Jeffrey McKinney, discussing the latest developments surrounding RCH Auto Portability's national launch. Citing the many benefits of RCH Auto Portability for minorities, Johnson commends the 7/14/20 announcement by Alight, and adds "there is no reason why the [other] large record keepers should not commence auto portability for the companies whose 401(k) accounts they manage."

BlackRock DCFocus
Nov
16
2015

RCH EVP Tom Johnson Talks Auto Portability with BlackRock's DCfocus

RCH EVP Tom Johnson sat down with BlackRock's DCfocus publication to discuss Auto Portability.

Bloomberg
Oct
09
2015

Bloomberg's Steverman Laments Rollover Battle, Lauds RCH Auto Portability

Bloomberg's Ben Steverman describes his personal challenges to rollover his 401(k) account to an IRA.

Bloomberg BNA
May
16
2016

Bloomberg BNA: Auto Portability Key to Preventing Leakage


Bloomberg BNA's Sean Forbes covers the unveiling of the Auto Portability Simulation (APS) model at the 78th EBRI Policy Forum, and likes what he sees.

Bloomberg Law
Nov
09
2018

Bloomberg Law: Retirement Clearinghouse Could Get Fee Waived on Savings Transfers

Bloomberg Law's Madison Alder covers the Department of Labor's Nov. 6th proposed exemption for Retirement Clearinghouse to make it easier for auto portability, which Alder describes as "the transfer small sums of savings in individual retirement accounts to new ones when employees change jobs."

Charlotte Business Journal
Nov
15
2018

Charlotte Business Journal: How this Charlotte retirement firm is driving change in 401(k) rollovers

The Charlotte Business Journal's Caroline Hudson covers the innovative direction taken by Charlotte, NC-based Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) in the development and delivery of its auto portability program, the subject of recent, favorable actions by the U.S. Department of Labor. Hudson interviews RCH EVP and Chief of Sales Neal Ringquist.

City of Charlotte
Aug
11
2020

Retirement Clearinghouse Expands in Charlotte, Adding 300 New Jobs

The City of Charlotte's Cory Burkarth covers the Tuesday, 8/11 announcement that RCH will expand it presence in Charlotte, adding 300 new employees and investing more than $4 million in their headquarters and corporate office. Burkharth reports that RCH will be moving into the Ayrsley development in Steele Creek, adding positions across the board. Burkharth notes that the benefits of RCH's auto portability solution are "staggering" and aligns well with the City's mission to improve economic mobility. The piece quotes RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams, as well as Charlotte mayor Vi Lyles, who lauds the expansion initiative.

CNBC
Jul
14
2020

Changing jobs? Soon you can transfer 401(k) savings automatically

CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent Sharon Epperson follows on to her morning video segment on CNBC with an article addressing today's key developments for auto portability. Epperson quotes Alight EVP Alison Borland, RLJ Companies Founder & Chairman Bob Johnson and the ARA's Nevin Adams in the piece, and cites key research from Alight on cashout leakage from job-changing participants.

Jul
14
2020

CNBC: How Retirement Clearinghouse is helping employees save for retirement

Appearing on CNBC's Squawk Box, RLJ Companies Founder & Chairman Robert L. Johnson and Alight Solutions EVP Alison Borland jointly address breaking news that Alight Solutions will offer the Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) auto portability service to its 401(k) recordkeeping clients. Borland noted that "client reaction has been overwhelmingly positive" and that "we expect high adoption and we expect this change in the industry to be able to happen much faster than automatic enrollment happened."

Jul
14
2020

Video: It can be easier to carry 401(k) plans over to a new job—Here’s how

Featured on Squawk Box, CNBC's Senior Personal Finance Correspondent Sharon Epperson reports the news that Alight Solutions LLC is adopting Retirement Clearinghouse's auto portability solution for its 401(k) recordkeeping clients. Epperson sets the stage for the news by citing research supporting the case for auto portability. Epperson's report was quickly followed by an interview with RLJ Companies Founder & Chairman Robert L. Johnson and Alight Solutions EVP Alison Borland.

Dec
31
2019

Why you should consolidate those 401(k)s and IRAs

CNBC personal finance reporter Greg Iacurci takes a look at the millions of Americans changing jobs each year, and concludes that consolidation of retirement savings -- particularly to a new workplace savings account -- is their best move. Stranded accounts, writes Iacurci, can cause a variety of problems, including forgotten savings, cash outs, sub-optimal investment choices and a difficult transition to retirement income. Iacurci quotes RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams, who states that “from a consumer perspective, the default should be 100% of the time to move your money [when changing jobs].”

Sep
12
2019

CNBC Video: Robert L. Johnson Addresses Auto Portability's Importance

In a 9/12/19 interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box, Robert L. Johnson, Founder & Chairman of The RLJ Companies, and majority owner of Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH), goes in-depth on auto portability, praising the Trump administration’s favorable actions, while also noting the ongoing bipartisan support for the new plan feature. Johnson offers the CNBC panel a primer on how auto portability works, it’s significant benefits for Americans’ retirement security -- particularly minorities -- and the importance of gaining rapid adoption to deliver on its promise.

Consolidation Corner / RCH Blog
Sep
17
2020

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

In his latest piece for the RCH Consolidation Corner blog, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams analyzes the phenomenon of low interest rates and its long-term effects on retirement savers. Williams observes that, in a low interest rate environment, more savings are required to generate an equivalent amount of retirement income, so avoiding unnecessary cashout leakage is paramount. To achieve this goal, Williams urges plan sponsors to adopt auto portability, a technology solution that's "available to help sponsors make every dollar count for participants during these extraordinary times."

Sep
16
2020

Automated 401(k) Portability: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Writing in the RCH Consolidation Corner blog, Tom Hawkins examines the vital importance of automation in transforming 401(k) portability from an impractical “great idea” into a reality – and not just for small-balance participants, but eventually for the entire 401(k) ecosystem – including participants, plan sponsors and their service providers.

Aug
17
2020

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

Writing in RCH’s Consolidation Corner blog, Tom Hawkins establishes a strong link between the phenomenon of ‘sudden money’ – where a financial windfall can result in ruinous decisions – and the problem of unnecessary 401(k) cashout leakage. 401(k) plan features that encourage active plan participants to amass long-term retirement savings are a big success, but can suddenly fail following a job change, when separated participants can view their former employer’s balance as a financial windfall. To address the scourge of sudden money and its attendant cashout leakage, Hawkins examines 3 ‘faux’ solutions that fall short, and recommends the application of clearinghouse principles to effectively solve the problem.

Aug
11
2020

The Tragicomedy of Cashout Leakage

In his 8/11/20 article in RCH’s Consolidation Corner, RCH’s Tom Hawkins characterizes the phenomenon of cashout leakage as a “tragicomedy” – incorporating aspects of both a tragedy and a comedy, but ultimately delivering a happy ending. While cashout leakage represents an ongoing tragedy, the term itself is goofy, and tough to take seriously, asserts Hawkins. However, recent events indicate that the widespread adoption of auto portability will finally deliver a happy ending to the problem.

Aug
06
2020

How to Mitigate COVID-19’s Potentially Catastrophic Impact on Americans’ Retirement Readiness

Writing in RCH's Consolidation Corner blog, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams addresses the urgent need to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Americans' retirement readiness. Williams observes that the surge in pandemic-driven unemployment, the relaxed restrictions on withdrawals, along with a pre-existing propensity to cash out -- spells trouble for retirement security. To help address the growing threat, Williams urges sponsors and recordkeepers to adopt auto portability, which he states will "discourage participants from cashing out, but also eliminate the need for automatic cash-outs."

Jul
23
2020

Closing the Coming COVID-19 Retirement Savings Gap

Writing in Consolidation Corner, RCH’s Tom Hawkins foresees the emergence of a COVID-19 retirement savings gap, driven by unprecedented levels of terminated participants and relaxed penalties on withdrawals. To address the problem, Hawkins calls upon the private sector to embrace solutions that will begin to close the gap, stem cashout leakage and deliver ongoing benefits that will extend well beyond the current crisis.

Jul
14
2020

Alight Solutions to Lead Nationwide Launch of Auto Portability

In a press release issued Tuesday, July 14th, Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) announced that Alight Solutions will lead the nationwide launch of the RCH Auto Portability program.

Jun
02
2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Demonstrates the Need for Institutionalized Portability

Writing in Consolidation Corner, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams examines the disruptive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on America's retirement savers, and makes a persuasive case for the systemic, institutional adoption of auto portability as a means to help rebuild and to preserve retirement savings over the long-term. In the near-term, Williams observes that reduced participant mobility make this an opportune time for sponsors to update participant addresses.

Apr
28
2020

Let’s Extend the Spirit of the CARES Act to Automatic Rollover IRAs

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, RCH's Tom Hawkins examines another burden borne by millions of participants, when they’re furloughed or laid off and become subject to ‘traditional’ automatic rollover IRAs – where they’ll likely face high levels of cashouts, predatory fees and barriers to exit. Now, more than ever, it’s important for sponsors to act and to redress this burden. For sponsors utilizing traditional automatic rollover IRAs, Hawkins urges them to demonstrate their caring through three actions that will help address the problem and will deliver significant societal benefit.

Mar
20
2020

How Does Auto Portability Work? Watch the Video

Looking for a quick primer on how auto portability works? Watch the video embedded in this RCH Consolidation Corner article, which walks you through the four-step process. The video also introduces you to the key elements of participant communication that occur along the way. Enjoy!

Mar
16
2020

The Institutionalization of Portability is Key to Reducing Cash-Out Leakage

In his latest article in Consolidation Corner, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams identifies plan-to-plan portability as a vital feature to prevent cashout leakage. Similar to the progress that's been made over the past decade in reducing plan fees, Williams makes the case that the inevitable "institutionalization" of portability will dramatically reduce cashout leakage and maximize participants' retained savings. Williams advocates for the adoption of a dual portability model, comprised of auto portability for small balances and a consent-based, concierge service for participants with larger balances.

Feb
24
2020

New Research Confirms Clear Shift Towards Plan-to-Plan Portability

In his latest article in RCH's Consolidation Corner, RCH's Neal Ringquist observes that 401(k) plans have become more-and-more “institutionalized" -- yet the benefits of that increased institutionalization are being lost to large numbers of participants who cash out their 401(k) balances when they change jobs. Now, there’s clear evidence that plan sponsors understand the value of plan-to-plan portability in preserving 401(k) plans’ institutional benefits, and that a shift towards already-available portability solutions is underway.
Feb
20
2020

Video: Is Auto Portability the Next 401(k) ‘ESG’ Initiative?

The 401(k) cashout leakage crisis has significant, negative societal consequences -- impacting all Americans, but affecting minorities, women and lower-income segments the most. 401(k) plan sponsors, already familiar with Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) initiatives, could finally be waking up and taking action to solve the cashout leakage problem, within the framework of corporate social responsibility. Plan-to-plan portability -- specifically auto portability -- is the most promising solution, and could become the next 401(k) ESG initiative.

Feb
10
2020

How Socially Responsible Corporations Will Solve the 401(k) Cashout Crisis

Writing in the Consolidation Corner blog, RCH's Tom Hawkins makes the case that socially conscious private-sector corporations will soon solve the nation's 401(k) cashout leakage crisis by fully-embracing plan-to-plan portability, including auto portability. Three key developments drive Hawkins' conclusions, including 1) a growing understanding of the problem and its societal impacts, 2) access to a viable solution and 3) clear acknowledgment of a responsibility to act for the benefit of society. Hawkins further notes that this view is being echoed in retirement research & public policy circles.

Feb
05
2020

How Sponsors Can Help Minorities Save More for Retirement

In his latest byline in the Consolidation Corner blog, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams addresses the cashout leakage crisis, which disproportionately affects minorities, including African-Americans and Hispanics. Auto portability, says Williams, can make all the difference in solving the crisis, but requires that "sponsors themselves, as well as their recordkeepers, take the next step by implementing....auto portability" -- an action which he characterizes as being completely consistent with a recent public statement by the Business Roundtable, and endorsed by 181 CEOs of the nation's largest corporations.

Jan
29
2020

The New Age of DC Plan Portability

Writing in Consolidation Corner, RCH's Tom Hawkins identifies clear, across-the-board indications that America's defined contribution (DC) system is entering a "new age" of plan-to-plan portability. Portability, Hawkins contends, is the "missing ingredient" that, when added to DC plans, will resolve the damaging disconnect between America's highly-mobile workforce and their immobile retirement savings.

Jan
02
2020

Auto Portability 2019: The Year in Review

At the outset of a new decade, RCH EVP & Chief Sales Officer Neal Ringquist pauses to reflect upon the highlights of a momentous year for auto portability, addressing key 2019 developments in regulation, research & public policy, webinars and media coverage, as well as providing readers with his forward-looking predictions for 2020.

Dec
24
2019

A Financial Wellness Program You Can Actually Measure

In his latest Consolidation Corner article, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams examines the current state of financial wellness programs, and the challenges plan sponsors face in quantifying their benefits. Facilitating retirement savings portability, writes Williams -- whether through auto portability for small balances or an assisted roll-in program for larger balances -- can overcome this challenge by offering sponsors a financial wellness initiative that preserves participants' retirement savings and is easily quantifiable.

Nov
19
2019

The Surprising Migratory Patterns of Job-Changing Participants

In his latest Consolidation Corner article, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams utilizes EBRI data to examine the migratory patterns of job-changing participants. Looking specifically at the size of their former employers' plans (expressed in terms of numbers of participants) compared to the size of their most-recent active plan, Williams finds that the vast majority (82.98%) of these participants go to an employer with a plan equal in size, or larger than, their former employer’s plan. Only 17.02% of participants go to employers with smaller plans, and a mere 1.9% leave employers with large plans to go to an employer with a small plan (less than 100 participants). This data, says Williams, should significantly allay industry concerns that the adoption of auto portability for small balances could result in harmful participant outcomes.

Oct
21
2019

Safe-Harbor IRAs are Supposed to be Temporary

Writing in RCH's Consolidation Corner blog, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams observes that safe-harbor IRAs -- created by the EGTRRA-mandated automatic rollover process -- were never intended to be "permanent retirement savings vehicles." Too often, argues Williams, the relief plan sponsors realize from automatic rollovers comes at the expense of participant outcomes -- who experience high levels of cashouts, low investment returns and savings-depleting fees. With the advent of auto portability, participants will spend less time in a safe harbor IRA, and "plan sponsors no longer have to consider trading participant outcomes for administrative convenience."

Sep
27
2019

The Auto Portability Imperative

In the fifth installment of his five-part series on 401(k) cashout leakage, RCH's Tom Hawkins addresses auto portability, a solution that not only makes sound business sense, but delivers a positive societal impact for the corporations adopting it. Citing the recent Statement of Purpose from members of the Business Roundtable, Hawkins believes that as these socially-conscious corporations examine auto portability, they’ll quickly become convinced that auto portability is both a sound business decision, as well as the right thing to do.

Sep
16
2019

The Most Promising Policies to Reduce 401(k) Cashout Leakage

In his five-part series in Consolidation Corner, RCH's Tom Hawkins sheds light on the problem of cashout leakage, a silent crisis that unnecessarily robs millions of Americans of their retirement security. In his fourth article in the series, Hawkins addresses policies with the most promise to reduce the 401(k) cashout leakage problem.

Sep
10
2019

Cash-Out Leakage is Still Too High—and Auto Portability can Help

In his latest article, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams takes on cash-out leakage -- which remains a big problem for the U.S. retirement system. Citing research that examines auto portability in tandem with various legislative proposals to help Americans save more for retirement, Williams makes the case that, with auto portability, millions of participants will no longer find cashing out to be the easiest option when they switch jobs, and will preserve their retirement savings instead.

Aug
21
2019

The Magnitude of the 401(k) Cashout Leakage Problem

In his five-part series in Consolidation Corner, RCH's Tom Hawkins sheds light on the problem of cashout leakage, a silent crisis that unnecessarily robs millions of Americans of their retirement security. In his third article in the series, Hawkins examines the magnitude of the 401(k) cashout leakage problem, sharing new statistics recently supplied by EBRI, and offering some interesting comparisons so the reader can fully-grasp the enormity of the problem.

Aug
20
2019

The Safe-Harbor IRA: Friend or Foe?

In his latest Consolidation Corner blog post, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams draws much-needed attention to the downside of traditional safe harbor IRAs. While plans can benefit by practices that remove small-balance accounts, Williams argues that this benefit may be illusory, as former plan participants will likely cash out or become “stuck” with multiple accounts that deplete their savings – both scenarios that could expose sponsors to potential liability. Auto portability, says Williams, can reverse this dysfunctional dynamic, achieving better outcomes for plans and participants alike.

Jul
31
2019

An Important Milestone: The DOL Issues Final Prohibited Transaction Exemption for Auto Portability

In his 7/31/19 article in Consolidation Corner, RCH Founder, President & CEO Spencer Williams addresses the latest action by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), issuing the final Prohibited Transaction Exemption (PTE) to Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) for the RCH Auto Portability program, completing the regulatory framework and clearing the way for auto portability’s widespread adoption

Jul
26
2019

The Demographics of 401(k) Cashout Leakage

In his five-part series in Consolidation Corner, RCH's Tom Hawkins sheds light on the problem of cashout leakage, a silent crisis that unnecessarily robs millions of Americans of their retirement security. In his second article in the series, Hawkins examines the demographics of 401(k) cashout leakage, identifying those segments of the population most impacted by the problem, as well as those who stand to benefit the most from a solution.

Jul
16
2019

What’s Missing from the SECURE Act? A Provision to Plug Cash-Out Leakage

In his latest article in Consolidation Corner, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams identifies a key, missing element in pending retirement legislation: provisions to plug cash-out leakage. Citing both the SECURE Act of 2019 and the Automatic Retirement Plan Act of 2017 (ARPA), Williams applauds their commendable goals to expand coverage, but takes them to task for failing to incorporate provisions that plug leakage. To make his case, Williams cites two recent EBRI studies, both finding that auto portability – when combined with legislative proposals that expand access – vastly improves their public policy benefits by stemming leakage and by dramatically reducing the nation’s retirement savings shortfall.

Jun
28
2019

Spotlight on Cashout Leakage: The Fundamentals

In his five-part series in Consolidation Corner, RCH's Tom Hawkins sheds light on the problem of cashout leakage, a silent crisis that unnecessarily robs millions of Americans of their retirement security. In his first article, Hawkins addresses the fundamentals of cashout leakage -- defining it, clearing up common sources of confusion, and identifying why the problem continues to persist.

May
30
2019

How Auto Portability Serves Participants’ Best Interests: Part 5

In the 5th installment of his five-part series on "How Auto Portability Serves Participants' Best Interests", RCH's Tom Hawkins examines how auto portability can mitigate retirement savings cybersecurity risks. Auto portability, writes Hawkins, employs the simple-but-powerful principle of consolidation to lower cyber-risk by 1) reducing the cyber-threat attack surface, 2) minimizing fraud-prone, small-balance retirement savings accounts and 3) securely moving retirement savings forward.

May
23
2019

How Auto Portability Serves Participants’ Best Interests: Pt 4 Auto Portability Enhances Participants’ Financial Wellness

In the 4th installment of his five-part series on "How Auto Portability Serves Participants' Best Interests", RCH's Tom Hawkins examines how a program of auto portability can enhance 401(k) participants' financial wellness. To make his case, Hawkins identifies three ways auto portability promotes financial well-being, including: 1) preventing unnecessary 401(k) cashouts, 2) helping 401(k) participants clear the "$10,000 hurdle" and 3) simplifying retirement planning.

May
07
2019

A Plan Metric Every Sponsor Should Track: Participant-Retained Retirement Savings

In his latest article in Consolidation Corner, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams advises retirement plan sponsors to consider tracking the average percentage of retirement savings that participants retain during their tenure. Auto portability, says Williams, can enable participants to preserve their small-balance savings through job changes. Going further, Williams encourages plan sponsors and consultants to apply the all-important “participant-retained savings” lens when evaluating automatic rollover programs, including metrics such as cash-out rates, median safe harbor IRA account duration and provider support for consolidation.

Apr
24
2019

LIMRA Webinar Features Michael Kreps’ Update on Auto Portability

On April 16th, as part of their Strategic Issues Webinar Series, the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute delivered the webinar Regulatory and Legislative Trends Impacting the U.S. Retirement System, featuring presenter Michael Kreps, Principal, Groom Law Group, and a highly-influential voice in DC on retirement public policy. Kreps provided an insider's update on auto portability, which he characterized as having the potential to deliver “an enormous boost to the industry and to participants in general.”
Apr
23
2019

EBRI Webinar Examines Impact of Tenure on Retirement Savings

RCH's Tom Hawkins summarizes the April 10th EBRI webinar Trends in Employee Tenure, which offered EBRI’s latest research examining broad employee tenure trends, and the impact that shorter tenure has on retirement savings. The webinar’s presenters included Craig Copeland, EBRI and Spencer Williams, Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH), and was moderated by Stacy Schaus, Schaus Group LLC. In his portion of the presentation, Williams introduced the concept of “synthetic tenure” – whereby enhancing system-wide portability -- particularly for small accounts -- enables participants to preserve their savings through job changes, mirroring the success of EBRI’s longer-tenured, “consistent participation” population.

Apr
22
2019

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

On 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.

Apr
15
2019

How Auto Portability Serves Participants’ Best Interests - Part 3: Auto Portability Could Lower Plan Expenses

In the 3rd installment of his five-part series on "How Auto Portability Serves Participants' Best Interests", RCH's Tom Hawkins examines how a program of auto portability can serve to lower plan expenses by 1) reducing small-balance accounts and 2) increasing plan assets. To illustrate these benefits, Hawkins uses the Auto Portability Simulation (APS) to model a hypothetical, 10,000 participant plan over 40 years, with and without auto portability.

Apr
08
2019

Cybersecurity is Augmented by Auto Portability

In his latest column in Consolidation Corner, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams examines the positive effect that auto portability could have on minimizing the cybersecurity threat to America's retirement system. As Williams observes, the scope and scale of cyber-attacks are escalating, and the retirement system is mobilizing to increase protections. Fortunately, says Williams, the same solution designed to address the industry's proliferation of small, stranded accounts -- auto portability -- can augment cybersecurity efforts through consolidation processes that utilize best security practices, leaving participants and their savings more secure.

Mar
27
2019

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

With Tax Day (April 15) just around the corner, RCH's Spencer Williams advises plans and their participants to take advantage of the Saver's Credit, a tax credit that rewards eligible IRA and plan contributions. Nurturing these contributions not only promotes savings, says Williams, but also makes participants less-likely to cash out their 401(k) balances as they change jobs. Turning to Millennials, Williams addresses the Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) movement, cites the latest research from EBRI indicating that Millennials' retirement prospects are significantly improved by auto portability, and provides several illustrations to make the point.

Mar
23
2019

EBRI Webinar Extends Auto Portability’s Benefits to Young Millennials

In their March 20th webinar "Achieving Retirement Income Equivalency Between Final-Average-Pay Defined Benefit Plans and Automatic Enrollment 401(k) Plans in the Private Sector", the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI) revealed more research supporting the case for auto portability, with their finding that auto portability could dramatically improve defined contribution plan performance for young Millennials.

Mar
11
2019

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

In the second installment of his five-part series "How Auto Portability Serves Participants' Best Interests", RCH's Tom Hawkins examines how auto portability, by extending and enhancing elements of automatic rollovers, establishes a new standard of participant care. Auto portability, writes Hawkins, protects participants by: 1) minimizing time spent in a safe harbor IRA, 2) eliminating the need to cash out balances less than $1,000, 3) enhancing participant communication, 4) formally integrating a robust address location search and 5) establishing a transparent, simple & straightforward fee structure.

Feb
25
2019

5 Ways to Check if Your ARO Program Needs an Upgrade

RCH Founder, President & CEO Spencer Williams offers plan sponsors a five-point checklist for automatic rollover programs, shining light on features that may require attention, particularly in light of the recent DOL guidance on auto portability.

Feb
22
2019

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

Plan 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. In this series, RCH's Tom Hawkins identifies five key reasons why an auto portability program serves the best interests of plan participants. Part 1 of the series examines the dramatically improved participant outcomes that will result from a program of auto portability.

Feb
13
2019

Auto Portability Boosts 401(k) Plan Results in New EBRI Research

RCH's Tom Hawkins examines new research, authored by EBRI Research Director Jack VanDerhei, Ph.D., comparing the retirement income generated by 401(k) plans with auto enrollment against defined benefit (DB) plans. While EBRI's primary objective was to address growing concern over the relative decline of DB plans, the study also identified significant, incremental benefits of auto portability, adding to a growing body of research from EBRI demonstrating that auto portability increases retirement security for 401(k) participants.

Jan
29
2019

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

In his latest article in Consolidation Corner, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams acknowledges the

headwinds facing minorities in saving more for their retirement, including significantly higher rates of job turnover and cash-out leakage. Building on statements by RCH Chairman Robert L. Johnson at a December 2018 White House event, Williams makes the case that – for minority savers – auto portability could preserve up to $1.4 trillion in retirement savings, over a generation. Williams concludes that auto portability represents the “best, and easiest, way for sponsors and their service providers” to address the problem.

Jan
22
2019

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

In his latest article in Consolidation Corner, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams examines the impact of "sidecar" accounts, which he views as a positive trend and a feature that could serve as a useful tool in the struggle to curtail leakage of savings from defined contribution plans. Williams also contends auto portability will be essential to plugging the biggest hole in the retirement system’s "bucket" -- cashout leakage -- which represents 89% of the overall leakage problem.

Jan
14
2019

Retirement Industry Associations Weigh in on Auto Portability

At the end of 2018, major retirement industry organizations were asked to comment on the DOL’s proposed prohibited transaction exemption (PTE) for the Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) auto portability program. After a brief delay brought about by the partial federal government shutdown, all official comments have been publicly posted. If the views of these organizations are any indication, auto portability has a bright future.

Nov
28
2018

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

With 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?” In this article, RCH Senior Vice President Tom Hawkins suggests that the best answer may depend on who's asking the question, but one thing's clear: auto portability is an idea whose time has come.

Nov
26
2018

Auto Portability is Like Bacon—It Makes Everything Better

In his monthly column in Consolidation Corner, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams explains to readers why auto portability is like bacon -- by making everything better for all parties in America’s retirement system.

Nov
12
2018

Department of Labor Issues Auto Portability Advisory Opinion

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued Advisory Opinion 2018-01A on RCH Auto Portability, which can be accessed on the DOL’s website at this link. The DOL’s Advisory Opinion states that defined contribution plan sponsors who accept automatic rollover contributions under auto portability will not be a fiduciary with respect to those contributions. This fiduciary “safe harbor” represents an important step to facilitate auto portability’s widespread adoption by plan sponsors, as well as their recordkeepers.

Oct
22
2018

Is Your Missing-Participant Program a Ford Model T or 2018 BMW?

In today’s day and age, what is considered a state-of-the-art program today could easily become obsolete tomorrow, rendering a plan’s missing participant program vulnerable to fiduciary liability.

Sep
27
2018

Pairing 401(k) Savings Preservation and Expanded Access for America’s Minorities

In this article, RCH's Spencer Williams and Tom Hawkins address an important retirement public policy question: How would a pairing of auto portability with open multiple employer plans (or “open MEPs”) impact the retirement savings of America’s minorities, and particularly, African-Americans?

Aug
16
2018

A Tale of Two 401(k) Balance Segments

RCH's Tom Hawkins reveals new research that predicts 401(k) participant outcomes following separation for two balance segments – those above & below $15,000. Using logic developed in the Auto Portability Simulation to track & tally participant outcomes 8 years following separation, the results reveal a startling contrast between the two segments – with participants in the over-$15,000 segment experiencing far-superior outcomes to those in the under-$15,000 segment. To address the disparities, Hawkins advocates for a new “automatic” in the form of auto portability.

Aug
09
2018

The Next Big Advancement for the 401(k)

In November, we will celebrate an important milestone in the history of the 401(k)—the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Revenue Act of 1978, which added Section 401(k) to the Internal Revenue Code. Section 401(k) allowed employees to defer compensation without being taxed, and gradually popularized the concept of the employer-sponsored defined contribution plan.

Jul
25
2018

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

It may surprise many to learn that there’s another problem that’s orders-of-magnitude worse, which silently devastates millions of Americans’ prospects for a timely or comfortable retirement every year. I’m referring to 401(k) cashouts, and it’s time we took serious action to address them head-on.

Jul
17
2018

Regulators and Policy Advocates Focus on Retirement Savings Portability

The most important portability development on the horizon is the DOL’s auto portability Advisory Opinion, which will provide guidance for plan sponsors on the automatic roll-in of small account balances previously forced-out into safe harbor IRAs.

Jul
06
2018

Auto Portability’s Role in Helping Women Save More for Retirement

Auto portability has become a leading retirement savings public policy initiative due to its proven ability to preserve small-balance defined contribution accounts. Now, research is indicating that, when it comes to women, auto portability could deliver even greater benefits by making it easier for women participants to preserve their 401(k) savings and help to put them on par with men to achieve financial wellness.

May
31
2018

401(k) Consolidation: What Every Plan Sponsor Should Know

Plan sponsors intuitively know that a proliferation of small-balance 401(k) accounts can create problems. But few sponsors are clear on the factors that give rise to small accounts, and fewer still understand how they can utilize portability programs to solve the problem.

May
23
2018

Understanding and Solving the Problem of Women’s 401(k) Cashout Leakage

At a May 22nd, 2018 Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) roundtable, Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) EVP Tom Johnson debuts new women's 401(k) cashout leakage statistics. This important new data highlights the challenges that women face in preserving their small-balance 401(k) retirement savings when changing jobs, and also points to the promise of auto portability to preserve these savings in order to achieve higher balance levels, where more virtuous behaviors can prevail.

Apr
17
2018

DC Plan Sponsor Priorities Should Include Plugging Leakage, Enabling Auto Portability

As we continue to make our way through the second quarter of 2018, now is a good time to reflect on defined contribution (DC) plan sponsor priorities for this year.

Mar
30
2018

Are you all-in on roll-in? Encourage new hires to rollover old 401(k) balances into your plan

Over the past six years, there has been a steady drumbeat pointing the way to increased portability and in-plan consolidation (roll-ins) as the next big strategic focus for 401k plans.

Mar
22
2018

No Plan is an Island

Just as no man is an island, no employer-sponsored retirement plan is an island. New hires who join a plan all come from other companies, where they were likely enrolled in their former-employer 401(k) plans. Similarly, participants who leave a plan when they change employers have accrued 401(k) savings that they will likely want to take with them.

Mar
13
2018

New Insights into the Problem of Missing Participants

Today, Boston Research Technologies (BRT) and Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) issued a joint press release announcing the key findings from a survey examining the retirement industry’s missing participant problem. The survey, The Mobile Workforce’s Missing Participant Problem, is the first to examine the problem from the perspective of the participant and offers unique insights into its various dimensions.

Feb
23
2018

A New Solution to Tackle the Old Problem of Missing Participants

The problem of missing participants has taken on a new sense of urgency in light of widespread reports that the Department of Labor is focusing heavily on missing participants when auditing plan sponsors and record-keepers.

Jan
11
2018

Two Retirement Public Policy Initiatives Moving Forward in 2018

Two retirement savings public policy initiatives – auto portability and the problem of missing participants – are very likely to see significant progress in 2018. Both initiatives enjoy strong bipartisan support, promise to streamline and strengthen America’s defined contribution system, and will preserve the retirement savings of millions of Americans by ensuring that their savings move forward when they change jobs.

Dec
28
2017

The Most Urgent New Year’s Resolutions for Plan Sponsors

RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams offers plan sponsors 3 crucial resolutions for 2018, including: 1) ending automatic cash-outs, 2) offering roll-ins as part of a financial wellness program, and 3) engaging all participants on crucial decision-making.

Dec
28
2017

Auto Portability Makes Everything Better

In his December 2017 Consolidation Corner blog post, Tom Hawkins writes about auto portability's special qualities. Great all by itself, auto portability also makes a lot of other retirement savings public policy initiatives a lot better.

Dec
11
2017

The Best Blueprint for Improving Retirement Security

RCH President & CEO addresses a blueprint for improving retirement security, incorporating the widespread adoption of auto portability.

Nov
15
2017

The Results Are In: Auto Portability is a Winner!

On 11/7/17, Warren Cormier of Boston Research Technologies published a white paper “Making the Right Choice the Easiest Choice: Eliminating Friction and Leaks in America’s Defined Contribution System.” The key findings of the research confirm that auto portability is a winner, with significant pent-up demand in our defined contribution system.

Nov
01
2017
Oct
25
2017

In Search Of: Guidance for Locating Missing Participants

This article focuses on the American Benefits Council’s specific recommendations to the DOL as set forth in their October 2nd, 2017 letter. The Council’s recommendations, if adopted, could establish a more complete, consistent and reasonable framework for plans to address the missing participant problem, going forward.

Oct
13
2017

Bringing Clarity to the Murky Problem of Missing Participants

The American Benefits Council delivered a letter to the Department of Labor (DoL), urging the DoL to act on the problem of unresponsive or missing participants.

Sep
18
2017

The Massive Explosion of Small 401(k) Accounts

The Growing Problem of Small Accounts and How to Defuse It

Aug
30
2017

The Exit Bonus Employers Never Intended to Pay

Without seamless plan-to-plan portability in place to preserve retirement savings when a participant changes jobs, many employers are unwittingly paying “exit bonuses” to terminated employees that they may never have intended to pay.

Aug
16
2017

The Cashout Clock is Still Ticking: Let’s Stop It!

On May 12th, Retirement Clearinghouse announced the National Retirement Savings Cashout Clock, a virtual clock that calculates 2017 year-to-date cashout leakage from America’s defined contribution system in real time.

Aug
09
2017

Small Accounts: The Root of Many Problems

Auto Portability is the Most Effective Weed Killer

Jul
25
2017

A Big Step Forward for Auto Portability

Auto portability is now live in America's defined contribution system, implemented by Retirement Clearinghouse and Conduent HR Services for the benefit of a mega plan sponsor's participants.

Jul
20
2017

Washington Recognizes Need for Retirement Plan Portability Solutions – Part 2

Senator Scott Letter, auto portability received an endorsement during a hearing on Capitol Hill this week.

Jul
05
2017

Rising Healthcare Costs Necessitate Healthy Retirement-Saving Habits

If you think of retirement savings as a key part of a healthy retirement, then anyone who has prematurely cashed out 401(k) savings during their working life has suffered a compound fracture that will require several stages of therapy to fully rehabilitate. But a cash-out isn’t the only impediment to a financially secure retirement for these hardworking Americans.

Jun
29
2017

Plug the Leaks Before Expanding Access to Defined Contribution Plans

In recent months, our attention has been drawn to some deserving public policy initiatives that would dramatically expand access to workplace retirement savings accounts and address the “access gap” encountered by millions of American workers who are presently offered no such option.

Jun
08
2017

Auto Portability: Who Will Benefit?

The ultimate beneficiary of Auto Portability is America’s mobile workforce – the qualified plan participants whose retirement savings are preserved.

Jun
01
2017

The Fundamentals of 401(k) Cashout Leakage

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.

May
22
2017

The Rallying Cry for Improving Financial Wellness: ‘Eradicate Cash-Out Leakage In Our Time!

RCH President and CEO Spencer Williams exhorts the American retirement system to eradicate the scourge of 401k leakage, which deprives millions of Americans of a timely or comfortable retirement.

May
17
2017

EBRI Policy Forum Delivers Latest Research on Auto Portability (Video)

Watch video of the 80th EBRI Policy Forum, where the latest research on auto portability is delivered by Jack VanDerhei and Spencer Williams.

May
12
2017

Announcing the National Retirement Savings Cash Out Clock

Retirement Clearinghouse has now launched a National Retirement Savings Cash Out Clock, focusing attention on the problem of 401k leakage.

May
04
2017

80th EBRI Policy Forum to Address Key Retirement Policy Issues

On 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.

Apr
26
2017

Automatic Cash-Outs Undermine Efforts to Enhance Financial Wellness

In the spirit of Financial Literacy Month, retirement plan sponsors are to be commended for their commitment to enhance financial wellness among participants.

Apr
24
2017

Why America’s Retirement Savings Needs Recycling

On Earth Day 2017, we’re seeing encouraging signs that the problem of retirement savings cash out leakage will finally get the attention that it deserves.

Apr
19
2017

New EBRI Research Finds $2T Saved From Automated Portability

As much as $2 trillion could be retained in the U.S. retirement systems if Auto Portability were fully implemented, according to new research by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).

Apr
06
2017

Financial Wellness Requires Mending Fractured Retirement Savings

With millions of Americans suffering from fractured retirement savings, plan sponsors should take the initiative—and fulfill their fiduciary duty—by providing restorative care to their participants and eliminating obstacles to seamless retirement savings portability.

Mar
23
2017

March 30th Washington DC Forum to Showcase Retirement Plan Portability & Public Policy

RCH EVP Tom Johnson previews the upcoming 3/30/17 event "Retirement Plan Portability & Public Policy" to be hosted by the Financial Services Roundtable.

Mar
02
2017

Auto Portability Helps Everybody, and Hurts Nobody

Best of all, it can be implemented across the entire retirement system voluntarily, with little cost—and significant upside—to the private sector.

Feb
27
2017

Big Changes Coming for Small 401(k) Accounts

The pace of change in the world is fast, but slow in the retirement industry. All that is about to change in the world of small 401(k) accounts, where Auto Portability is getting serious attention from DC policymakers and centers of influence.

Feb
17
2017

Incubate Small Retirement Accounts, Don’t Throw Them Away

Neal Ringquist, RCH EVP, addresses the US Chamber of Commerce's legislative recommendation to increase the Automatic Rollover limit to $10,000.

Feb
02
2017

One Small Improvement for 401(k) Plans, One Giant Leap for Retirement Readiness

Today, America faces a different, more down-to-earth challenge: delivering our citizens a comfortable and timely retirement. And similar to the moon landing – a ‘small step’ in the right direction can have a huge impact on the course of our lives.

Jan
24
2017

Auto Portability Simulation (APS)

This video presentation is designed to give the viewer a basic understanding of the Auto Portability Simulation (APS), which models the operation and benefits of Auto Portability.

Jan
24
2017

How to Remove 'Friction' from the 401(k) System

To illustrate the types of situations that participants can encounter, as well as the value of a facilitated roll-in service continue reading Part 3.

Jan
19
2017

The ABCs of Auto Portability

This video presentation is designed to give the viewer a basic understanding of Auto Portability.

Jan
18
2017

LIMRA's Secure Retirement Institute Features Auto Portability Research

RCH's EVP Tom Johnson notes LIMRA's research and support of Auto Portability.

Dec
19
2016

Awash in a Sea of Small Accounts

APS is a robust, quantitatively-based simulation that measures the size, characteristics and behaviors of America’s increasingly mobile workforce.

Nov
30
2016

Preventing retirement plan leakage: An infrastructure project that saves trillions

The 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.

Nov
15
2016

What is Synthetic Tenure, and Why is it Important?

The easiest way for a plan participant to achieve lifetime participation in the U.S. retirement system is to work for the same employer for 40 years or more.

Nov
04
2016

What Plan Sponsors Can Do to Plug 401(k) Plan Leakage

This 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.

Oct
25
2016

All Aboard the Retirement Train

It’s ironic that, as we observe another “National Save for Retirement Week,” the retirement system we have in this country isn’t really a “system” at all.

Oct
25
2016

New Research Suggests Auto Portability Will Boost Auto Enrollment

When it comes to the 401(k) plan feature known as automatic enrollment, most industry observers seem to agree that it’s a good thing.

Oct
17
2016

A Different ‘Save’ to Consider During ‘National Save for Retirement Week’

As we prepare to observe National Save for Retirement Week (also known as “National Retirement Security Week”), scheduled for October 16-22, it’s a great opportunity to remember why we, as individuals, need to save for our retirement. But the sobering reality is that we are all being called upon to save retirement itself—by rescuing a retirement system that doesn’t work for millions of hardworking Americans.

Sep
27
2016

Five Misconceptions About 401(k) Leakage

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.

Sep
22
2016

The One Solution Everyone in DC Agrees Upon: We Need Consolidation

There is one topic that everyone in Washington, D.C. seems to agree upon: the importance of consolidation in protecting Americans' retirement security.

Sep
13
2016

Consolidation: Make the Smart Decision the Easiest Decision

"Make the smart decision the easiest decision" seems like an obvious goal for plan sponsors when designing participant-directed retirement plans, and it's certainly driven the rapid adoption of the autos auto enrollment, auto deferral escalation, and auto investment options, such as target-date funds and managed accounts.

Sep
07
2016

Why retirement portability should become employers' next big focus

Time Sensitive! Open Immediately! A significant majority (65%) of participants will make their distribution decision within the first 365 days of their termination from their former employer.

Aug
09
2016

Why Small Balance Cash Outs Are Falling Through the Cracks

According to the recently released 2016 Willis Towers Watson U.S. Retirement Governance Survey, a major trend in retirement plan governance is the growing concern employers have for employees' retirement benefit adequacy and financial well-being.

Jul
28
2016

First Half of 2016: A Look-Back at the Headlines Driving a New "Auto" for 401(k) Plans

In the first half of 2016, not only has the retirement industry awakened to the problem of cashout leakage, but it's begun to acknowledge its root cause: a lack of retirement savings portability. At the same time, Auto Portability has emerged as the only viable solution to cashout leakage, delivering portability for the small-balance (less than $5,000) job-changer, automatically moving their balances forward when they change jobs and enroll in a new plan. Let's look-back at the first half of 2016 and see how Auto Portability may now be poised to become an "overnight success" in the not-too-distant future.

Jul
11
2016

Embracing A New Source of Plan Growth

In the wake of the Fiduciary Rule, providers of all stripes are broadly reevaluating their strategies for the participant and asset retention that is essential to growing their retirement plan businesses. Over the past two decades, providers have primarily looked to capture IRA rollovers as a means to grow retirement assets. The Department of Labor's new Fiduciary Rule creates challenges to that model. However, there is another, largely untapped, pool of assets within providers' reach that can fuel growth premature cash-outs. Auto portability, and portability solutions in general, represent a new and unique way to tap that potential source of growth.

Jul
01
2016

When it Comes to Saving for Retirement, Millennials Can Learn from Baby Boomers' Mistakes

In his 6/30/16 MarketWatch article, RCH President and CEO Spencer Williams suggests an inter-generational dialogue on the pitfalls to avoid when saving for retirement.

Jun
30
2016

RCH and EBRI Present Consolidated Testimony on Auto Portability before the ERISA Advisory Council

On June 8th, 2016 Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) and the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) teamed up to present consolidated testimony to the ERISA Advisory Council on Auto Portability, the automation of plan-to-plan transfers for small accounts, when participants change jobs.

Jun
21
2016

Calls for Portability Solutions to Curb Cash Out Leakage Growing Louder

Cash out leakage, the premature withdrawal of retirement savings for non-retirement expenses, is a persistent problem in the retirement industry, and growing more pervasive as employee mobility increases.

Jun
16
2016

Interesting Finding Emerges from the Auto Portability Simulation

When the Auto Portability Simulation (APS) model was recently unveiled at EBRI's 78th Policy Forum, a lot of attention was paid to the "marquee" numbers, and rightly so. I am referring here to the $154 billion reduction in cashout leakage, as well as the $115 billion increase in plan-to-plan roll-ins that occur under the adoption of Auto Portability.

Jun
09
2016

Fast & Slow Leakage Produce a Flood of Outflows

First, let's review the definition of "leakage." If we think of total 401(k) savings as a bucket of water, "leakage" refers to those retirement savings that, like water in a leaky bucket, are withdrawn from the U.S. retirement system every year. There are three holes in the bucket: cash-outs at the point of job change, hardship withdrawals, and loan defaults. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, one of these holes is much bigger than the other two combined nearly 89% of all leakage is attributed to cash-outs that occur when a participant changes jobs. Hardship withdrawals and loan defaults together account for the remaining 11%.

Jun
06
2016

Advice college graduates won't hear at commencement: "Strive for 25"

As they set out into the working world, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams counsels the Class of 2016 on the importance of developing good saving habits from the very beginning. Using the phrase "Strive for 25" Williams notes that the $25,000 retirement savings threshold is a critical milestone that all graduates should target.

May
20
2016

Auto Portability Simulation Model Unveiled at 78th EBRI Policy Forum

On May 12th, Retirement Clearinghouse President & CEO J. Spencer Williams unveiled the Auto Portability Simulation (APS) at the Employee Benefit Research Institute's 78th Policy Forum. The APS was developed by Retirement Clearinghouse in conjunction with Dr. Ricki Ingalls, Chair of Computer Information Systems at Texas State University, and Principal at Diamond Head Associates, Inc.

Apr
28
2016

Say What? The Arcane Lingo of Retirement Savings Portability

In virtually any area of specialty, a unique jargon evolves that is highly-specific to that field. To insiders using the lingo every day, it seems familiar and perfectly normal. To outside observers, it can feel like a foreign language -- with words, terms and acronyms that make no sense.

Apr
22
2016

For Earth Day: Consider How "Recycling" Could Apply to Our Retirement System

As we observe the 46th annual Earth Day this April 22nd, we appreciate the awareness that this event has brought to the need to protect our environment, the urgency that it is instilled in all of us, and the tangible results that have been achieved in so many important areas. Although we have much work to do, we have clearly come a long way since the "throwaway" culture that emerged following World War II.

Mar
15
2016

America’s Modern Throwaway – 401(k) Retirement Savings

When trying to shape our future, it is often helpful to understand our past.

Jan
13
2016

Washington Recognizes Need for Retirement Plan Portability Solutions

Clearly, Washington DC is now "getting it" when it comes to retirement plan portability. In November 2015, Senator Patty Murray and other influential members of Congress delivered a letter to Department of Labor Secretary Perez urging action on Auto Portability. Now, we have strong comments from President Obama in his final State Of The Union address on the need for more portable retirement savings.

Jan
04
2016

Auto Enrollment: The Unintended Consequences, Part II (Research)

In his December 1, 2015 article (The unintended consequence of 401(k) auto-enrollment), RCH CEO Spencer Williams exposes the linkage between auto enrollment and lower average account balances. Based on Form 5500 data, Williams' analysis presents some excellent examples of industries where average balances are significantly lower in plans that have adopted auto enrollment compared to plans that have not. RCH's Tom Hawkins follows up that article with his own analysis, extending Williams' earlier work.

Dec
15
2015

As 401(k) Cash Out Leakage Grows, So Does Need for Auto Portability

In his December 11th article in BenefitsPro (Addressing the Critical Problem of 401(k) Cash Outs), Nick Thornton draws much-needed attention to the magnitude of the 401(k) cash out leakage issue, due to the frictions associated with account portability when plan participants switch jobs. Thornton's article rightly emphasizes the need for automated portability similar to automatic enrollment and deferral increases - to effectively address the cash out problem.

Oct
27
2015

401(k) Force Outs: Recycle v. Landfill

Every day, we are reminded that recycling is the responsible thing to do: from the recycling bins we walk by, to the paper we use, and the cans and bottles that we drink from. All of us would agree that conservation of our precious resources is critical, so we gladly pitch in and do our part.

Sep
29
2015

A Blueprint for Lifetime Participation in Plans

How many of us will be so fortunate as to participate in an employer-sponsored retirement plan every day of our working careers? Or, for an even more uncommon scenario, how many of us will work for the same company for 30 or 40 years? Yet, as has been amply established by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), those who can raise their hands and respond yes to either of these questions routinely show up in the top decile of savers who are well-prepared for retirement and these participants provide a clear blueprint for retirement-saving success.

Sep
28
2015

WISER Fall Forum to Explore Auto Portability As Solution to Reducing Cash Outs and Preserving 401(k) Assets

On Wednesday, September 30th, the Women's Institute For a Secure Retirement (WISER), in collaboration with Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH), hosts a Forum entitled The Leading Edge - Auto Portability: Solution to Prevent Cash Outs & Preserve 401(k) Assets.

Aug
11
2015

Automatically Moving Mandatory Distributions Forward

The mandatory distribution-to-Safe Harbor IRA plan feature as commonly utilized today was conceived in 2001 and launched in 2005 with good intentions, and for valid reasons. A mobile workforce, combined with a lack of retirement savings portability, had created a burgeoning problem for plan sponsors.

Jul
17
2015

Safe Harbor IRAs Are Not Always Safe

Plan sponsors can help themselves and their participants over the long term by rolling balances of $5,000 or less from inactive participants into safe harbor IRAs. However, for various reasons discussed below, many safe harbor IRAs do not live up to their name and could leave sponsors with unexpected fiduciary liability.

Jun
16
2015

How to Make Mandatory Distributions More Fiduciary Friendly

Mandatory distributions from employer-sponsored plans are a creation of regulation's specifically, a section of ERISA that allows plan sponsors to distribute accounts with less than $5,000 out of a qualified plan and into a safe harbor IRA.

May
15
2015

Enhance Auto Enrollment with Auto Portability

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 created a safe harbor for retirement plan sponsors to automatically enroll employees in their plans. This provision was designed to help plan sponsors and participants over the long term, and it has but it also unintentionally fueled a surge in small accounts, hurting both constituencies. Auto Portability is a solution that promises to address the problems associated with automatic enrollment. The benefits are huge -- particularly for high-turnover industries.

Apr
11
2015

Reduce Plan Fees by Increasing Account Balances

Plan costs can be lowered by increasing average balances, and average balances can be increased through auto portability, says RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams.

Mar
16
2015

Why Dump Mandatory Distributions in a Landfill When You Can Recycle?

Mandatory distributions of small 401(k) accounts when participants separate from service provide many benefits for plan sponsors, including lower administrative costs and higher average account balances.

Daily Caller
Dec
17
2018

Paris Dennard Identifies Auto Portability as Policy Beneficial to Minorities

In his 12/17/18 opinion piece in The Daily Caller, Paris Dennard examines some of the Trump administration's economic policies toward black Americans, identifying the Labor Department's auto portability rule change as "allowing Americans, especially minorities, the ability to preserve their retirement savings when they change jobs."

Employee Benefit Adviser
Aug
31
2020

Mitigating COVID-19’s catastrophic impact on retirement readiness

Writing in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams addresses the urgent need to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Americans' retirement readiness. Williams observes that the surge in pandemic-driven unemployment, the relaxed restrictions on withdrawals, along with a pre-existing propensity to cash out -- spells trouble for retirement security. To help address the growing threat, Williams urges sponsors and recordkeepers to adopt auto portability, which he states will "discourage participants from cashing out, but also eliminate the need for automatic cash-outs."

Also featured in Employee Benefit Adviser

May
20
2020

EBN: ​The Institutionalization of Portability is Key to Reducing Cash-Out Leakage

In his latest article in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams identifies plan-to-plan portability as a vital feature to prevent cash-out leakage. Similar to the progress that's been made over the past decade in reducing plan fees, Williams makes the case that the inevitable "institutionalization" of portability will dramatically reduce cash-out leakage and maximize participants' retained savings. Williams advocates for the adoption of a dual portability model, comprised of auto portability for small balances and a consent-based, concierge service for participants with larger balances.
Also featured in Employee Benefit Adviser

Mar
02
2020

How sponsors can help minorities save for retirement

In his latest byline in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams addresses the cashout leakage crisis, which disproportionately affects minorities, including African-Americans and Hispanics. Auto portability, says Williams, can make all the difference in solving the crisis, but requires that "sponsors themselves, as well as their recordkeepers, take the next step" and adopt the new plan feature. The adoption of auto portability, writes Williams, is completely consistent with a recent public statement released by the Business Roundtable, and endorsed by 181 CEOs of the nation's largest corporations.

Also featured in Employee Benefit Adviser

Jan
22
2020

Spencer Williams Examines the Migratory Patterns of Job-Changers in Latest EBN Column

In his latest article in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams utilizes EBRI data to examine the migratory patterns of job-changing participants. Looking specifically at the size of their former employers' plans (expressed in terms of numbers of participants) compared to the size of their most-recent active plan, Williams finds that the vast majority (82.98%) of these participants go to an employer with a plan equal in size, or larger than, their former employer’s plan. Only 17.02% of participants go to employers with smaller plans, and a mere 1.9% leave employers with large plans to go to an employer with a small plan (less than 100 participants). This data, says Williams, should significantly allay industry concerns that the adoption of auto portability for small balances could result in harmful participant outcomes.

Also featured in Employee Benefit Adviser

Jan
08
2020

How financial wellness programs can encourage employee participation in retirement savings

Writing in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams examines the current state of financial wellness programs, and the challenges plan sponsors face in quantifying their benefits. Facilitating retirement savings portability -- by adopting auto portability for small balances or implementing an assisted roll-in program for larger balances -- can easily overcome this challenge by offering sponsors financial wellness initiatives that not only deliver excellent results, but can be readily measured.

Also featured in Employee Benefit Adviser

Dec
30
2019

Safe-harbor IRAs should not be a long-term retirement solution

Writing in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams observes that safe-harbor IRAs -- created by the EGTRRA-mandated automatic rollover process -- were never intended to be "permanent retirement savings vehicles." Too often, argues Williams, the relief plan sponsors realize from automatic rollovers comes at the expense of participant outcomes -- who experience high levels of cashouts, low investment returns and savings-depleting fees. With the advent of auto portability, participants will spend less time in a safe harbor IRA, and "plan sponsors no longer have to consider trading participant outcomes for administrative convenience."

Also featured in Employee Benefit Adviser

Jul
31
2019

DOL guidance gives OK to retirement savings auto portability program

Employee Benefit News' Caroline Hroncich reports on the Department of Labor's issuance of a final prohibited transaction exemption (PTE) for the RCH Auto Portability program, which she characterizes as "a move which may decrease the likelihood employees cash out their retirement plans when they switch jobs." Hroncich quotes RCH Founder, President and CEO Spencer Williams, as well as Jan Jacobson, senior counsel for retirement policy at the American Benefits Council.

Also featured in Employee Benefit Adviser

Dec
27
2018

Why employees should never cash out their employer-sponsored defined contribution plan

In her 12/27/18 article in Employee Benefit Adviser, contributor Sandy Blair, CalSTRS Director of Retirement Readiness, explains why employees should never cash out of their employer-sponsored defined contribution plan. To make her case, Blair cites research on plan participation, job-changing and cashout leakage from Retirement Clearinghouse, EBRI and the American Benefits Council. For job-changers, Blair believes that the option to "roll their retirement plan assets into the new employer's plan" is "hands down, the best option, as having all an employee's retirement funds in one place makes it easier to track and manage them."

Nov
13
2018

Employee Benefit Adviser: Is your missing participant retirement program a Ford Model T or 2018 BMW?

In his latest column for Employee Benefit Adviser, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams provides plan sponsors with a 4-step plan of action to dramatically improve their missing participant location efforts, advising sponsors to 1) utilize a "waterfall" approach that engages multiple information sources, 2) maintain a complete audit trail of search activities, 3) conduct an annual search for inactive and unresponsive accounts and 4) implement auto portability. Adopting this approach, says Williams, helps sponsors fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities, reduce administrative burdens and minimize the risk of plan audits.

Apr
27
2018

RCH in EBA: The hidden DC plan sponsor priority: enabling auto-portability

In his latest article in Employee Benefit Adviser, RCH Founder, President & CEO Spencer Williams urges plan sponsors to adopt two critical, but often overlooked priorities for defined contribution plans: reducing cashout leakage and enabling auto portability. Today, plan-to-plan portability is both time-consuming and expensive, resulting in a large number of stranded accounts and cashout leakage, particularly for small accounts. Citing EBRI and other research, Williams demonstrates that enabling seamless plan-to-plan portability through auto portability could dramatically improve participant outcomes, enhance financial wellness and even reduce the incidence of missing participants.

Apr
06
2018

Advisers: Here’s how you improve the broken 401(k) plan system

In his April 5th 2018 article in Employee Benefit Adviser, RCH’s Founder, President & CEO Spencer Williams argues that just as no man is an island, no employer-sponsored retirement plan is an island. He continues on to detail that new hires who join a plan all come from other companies, where they were likely enrolled in their former-employer 401(k) plans; and similarly, participants who leave a plan when they change employers have accrued 401(k) savings that they will likely want to take with them.

Dec
15
2017

A blueprint for reuniting orphaned 401(k) accounts with their owners

In Employee Benefit Adviser, RCH President and CEO Spencer Williams describes a blueprint for retirement security that includes obtaining behavioral research confirmation, guidance from Washington, and commercial implementation – a blueprint currently being followed by auto portability.

Apr
12
2017

RCH in EBA: Why mending fractured retirement savings is key to financial wellness

In his 4/6/17 article in Employee Benefit Adviser, RCH's Spencer Williams likens the pain of ill health to the pain that many 401(k) participants suffer when they cash out or leave savings accounts behind at their former employer.

Apr
07
2017

Auto Portability: Advisers seek innovative ways to increase retirement savings

Employee Benefit Adviser's Cort Olsen covers the recent DC forum co-hosted by Retirement Clearinghouse, EBRI, WIser and Financial Services Roundtable.

Jan
30
2017

RCH's Spencer Williams Featured in Employee Benefit Adviser

RCH Spencer Williams debunks two common myths about retirement savings: 1) that employees are on their own when transitioning retirement savings after changing jobs and 2) that IRAs are better than 401(k) plans due to "free and ....unlimited investment options."

Employee Benefit News
Aug
31
2020

Mitigating COVID-19’s catastrophic impact on retirement readiness

Writing in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams addresses the urgent need to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Americans' retirement readiness. Williams observes that the surge in pandemic-driven unemployment, the relaxed restrictions on withdrawals, along with a pre-existing propensity to cash out -- spells trouble for retirement security. To help address the growing threat, Williams urges sponsors and recordkeepers to adopt auto portability, which he states will "discourage participants from cashing out, but also eliminate the need for automatic cash-outs."

Also featured in Employee Benefit Adviser

Jun
10
2020

Without auto portability, terminated employees will miss out on retirement funds

Writing in Employee Benefits News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams examines the disruptive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on America's retirement savers, and makes a persuasive case for the systemic, institutional adoption of auto portability as a means to help rebuild and to preserve retirement savings over the long-term. In the near-term, Williams observes that reduced participant mobility make this an opportune time for sponsors to update participant addresses.

May
20
2020

EBN: ​The Institutionalization of Portability is Key to Reducing Cash-Out Leakage

In his latest article in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams identifies plan-to-plan portability as a vital feature to prevent cash-out leakage. Similar to the progress that's been made over the past decade in reducing plan fees, Williams makes the case that the inevitable "institutionalization" of portability will dramatically reduce cash-out leakage and maximize participants' retained savings. Williams advocates for the adoption of a dual portability model, comprised of auto portability for small balances and a consent-based, concierge service for participants with larger balances.
Also featured in Employee Benefit Adviser

Mar
02
2020

How sponsors can help minorities save for retirement

In his latest byline in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams addresses the cashout leakage crisis, which disproportionately affects minorities, including African-Americans and Hispanics. Auto portability, says Williams, can make all the difference in solving the crisis, but requires that "sponsors themselves, as well as their recordkeepers, take the next step" and adopt the new plan feature. The adoption of auto portability, writes Williams, is completely consistent with a recent public statement released by the Business Roundtable, and endorsed by 181 CEOs of the nation's largest corporations.

Also featured in Employee Benefit Adviser

Jan
22
2020

Spencer Williams Examines the Migratory Patterns of Job-Changers in Latest EBN Column

In his latest article in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams utilizes EBRI data to examine the migratory patterns of job-changing participants. Looking specifically at the size of their former employers' plans (expressed in terms of numbers of participants) compared to the size of their most-recent active plan, Williams finds that the vast majority (82.98%) of these participants go to an employer with a plan equal in size, or larger than, their former employer’s plan. Only 17.02% of participants go to employers with smaller plans, and a mere 1.9% leave employers with large plans to go to an employer with a small plan (less than 100 participants). This data, says Williams, should significantly allay industry concerns that the adoption of auto portability for small balances could result in harmful participant outcomes.

Also featured in Employee Benefit Adviser

Jan
08
2020

How financial wellness programs can encourage employee participation in retirement savings

Writing in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams examines the current state of financial wellness programs, and the challenges plan sponsors face in quantifying their benefits. Facilitating retirement savings portability -- by adopting auto portability for small balances or implementing an assisted roll-in program for larger balances -- can easily overcome this challenge by offering sponsors financial wellness initiatives that not only deliver excellent results, but can be readily measured.

Also featured in Employee Benefit Adviser

Dec
30
2019

Safe-harbor IRAs should not be a long-term retirement solution

Writing in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams observes that safe-harbor IRAs -- created by the EGTRRA-mandated automatic rollover process -- were never intended to be "permanent retirement savings vehicles." Too often, argues Williams, the relief plan sponsors realize from automatic rollovers comes at the expense of participant outcomes -- who experience high levels of cashouts, low investment returns and savings-depleting fees. With the advent of auto portability, participants will spend less time in a safe harbor IRA, and "plan sponsors no longer have to consider trading participant outcomes for administrative convenience."

Also featured in Employee Benefit Adviser

Sep
17
2019

Cash-out leakage is still too high — and auto portability can help

In his latest byline in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams takes on cash-out leakage -- which remains a big problem for the U.S. retirement system. Citing research that examines auto portability in tandem with various legislative proposals to help Americans save more for retirement, Williams makes the case that, with auto portability, millions of participants will no longer find cashing out to be the easiest option when they switch jobs, and will preserve their retirement savings instead.

Aug
22
2019

EBN - The Safe Harbor IRA: Friend of Foe?

In his latest article in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams draws much-needed attention to the downside of traditional safe harbor IRAs. While plans can benefit by practices that remove small-balance accounts, Williams argues that this benefit may be illusory, as former plan participants will likely cash out or become “stuck” with multiple accounts that deplete their savings – both scenarios that could expose sponsors to potential liability. Auto portability, says Williams, can reverse this dysfunctional dynamic, achieving better outcomes for plans and participants alike.

Jul
31
2019

DOL guidance gives OK to retirement savings auto portability program

Employee Benefit News' Caroline Hroncich reports on the Department of Labor's issuance of a final prohibited transaction exemption (PTE) for the RCH Auto Portability program, which she characterizes as "a move which may decrease the likelihood employees cash out their retirement plans when they switch jobs." Hroncich quotes RCH Founder, President and CEO Spencer Williams, as well as Jan Jacobson, senior counsel for retirement policy at the American Benefits Council.

Also featured in Employee Benefit Adviser

Jul
18
2019

What’s missing from the SECURE Act? A provision to plug cash-out leakage

In his latest article in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams identifies a key, missing element in pending retirement legislation: provisions to plug cash-out leakage. Citing both the SECURE Act of 2019 and the Automatic Retirement Plan Act of 2017 (ARPA), Williams applauds their commendable goals to expand coverage, but takes them to task for failing to incorporate provisions that plug leakage. To make his case, Williams cites two recent EBRI studies, both finding that auto portability – when combined with legislative proposals that expand access – vastly improves their public policy benefits by stemming leakage and by dramatically reducing the nation’s retirement savings shortfall.

May
24
2019

Job hopping can hamper retirement savings — but it doesn’t have to

In his latest article in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams advises retirement plan sponsors to consider tracking the average percentage of retirement savings that participants retain during their tenure. Auto portability, says Williams, can enable participants to preserve their small-balance savings through job changes. Going further, Williams encourages plan sponsors and consultants to apply the all-important “participant-retained savings” lens when evaluating their automatic rollover programs, including metrics such as cash-out rates, median safe harbor IRA account duration and provider support for consolidation.

Apr
23
2019

Concerned about cybersecurity? Here’s how to protect 401(k) plans

In his latest column in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams examines the positive effect auto portability could have on minimizing the cybersecurity threat to America's retirement system. As Williams observes, the scope and scale of cyber-attacks are escalating, and the retirement system is mobilizing to increase protections. Fortunately, says Williams, the same solution designed to address the industry's proliferation of small, stranded accounts -- auto portability -- can augment cybersecurity efforts through consolidation processes, leaving participants and their savings more secure.

Apr
01
2019

Tax Day is coming — a perfect time to teach millennials why they shouldn’t cash out

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. Anyone who is 18 or older, not a full-time student, and not claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return is eligible for a retirement savings contributions credit (also known as a saver’s credit). This tax credit rewards people for making eligible contributions to their IRAs or employer-sponsored retirement plans. In his latest article in Employee Benefit News, Retirement Clearinghouse CEO Spencer Williams advocates for Millennials to invest the credit in their retirement plan, rather than spend it.

Mar
04
2019

5 ways to check if your automatic rollover program needs an upgrade

In his monthly column for Employee Benefits News, RCH Founder, President & CEO Spencer Williams offers plan sponsors a five-point checklist for automatic rollover programs, shining light on features that may require attention, particularly in light of the recent DOL guidance on auto portability.

Feb
11
2019

RCH's Spencer Williams on Auto Portability's Benefits to Minorities

In his latest article in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams addresses the headwinds facing minorities in saving more for their retirement, including significantly higher rates of job turnover and cash-out leakage. Building on statements by RCH Chairman Robert L. Johnson at a December 2018 White House event, Williams makes the case that – for minority savers – auto portability could preserve up to $1.4 trillion in retirement savings, over a generation. Williams concludes that auto portability represents the “best, and easiest, way for sponsors and their service providers” to address the problem.

Jan
23
2019

Sidecar accounts can help plug 401(k) leakage to an extent

In his latest article in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams examines the impact of "sidecar" accounts, which he views as a positive trend and a feature that could serve as a useful tool in the struggle to curtail leakage of savings from defined contribution plans. Williams also contends auto portability will be essential to plugging the biggest hole in the retirement system’s "bucket" -- cashout leakage -- which represents 89% of the overall leakage problem.

Jan
04
2019

The missing link in helping employees save for retirement

In his latest article for Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams explains to readers why auto portability could be the missing ingredient in helping employees save for retirement. Using auto enrollment as a prime example, Williams describes how auto portability could become the "bacon" of America's retirement system by improving the system as a whole.

Nov
14
2018

EBN: Labor Department clears path for automatic 401(k) transfers

Employee Benefit News reporter Lee Conrad includes the U.S. Labor Department's guidance on auto portability in his daily roundup of retirement news, referencing Anne Tergesen's article in The Wall Street Journal. According to Conrad "analysts say that the guidance will help minimize 401(k) cash-outs of employees who switch jobs" and cites a quote in the article by Morningstar's Aron Szapiro.

Nov
13
2018

RCH in EBN: Is your missing participant retirement program a Ford Model T or 2018 BMW?

In his latest column for Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams provides plan sponsors with a 4-step plan of action to dramatically improve their missing participant location efforts. Drawing upon RCH's extensive experience in locating missing participants, Williams advises sponsors to 1) utilize a "waterfall" approach that engages multiple information sources, 2) maintain a complete audit trail of search activities, 3) conduct an annual search for inactive and unresponsive accounts and 4) implement auto portability. Adopting this approach, asserts Williams, will help sponsors fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities, reduce administrative burdens and minimize the risk of plan audits.

Aug
17
2018

RCH in EBN: The next big advancement for the 401(k)

As the 40th anniversary of legislation enabling the 401(k) draws near, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams predicts that the next big advancement for the 401(k) will be the “seamless portability and consolidation” brought about by auto portability. The benefits that auto portability will deliver, estimated by EBRI to be as much as $1.5 trillion, could be “right around the corner” and will help millions of Americans achieve a financially secure retirement.

Jul
06
2018

RCH in EBN: Is auto-portability the key to helping women save more in retirement?

Auto portability has become a leading retirement savings public policy initiative due to its proven ability to preserve small-balance defined contribution accounts. RCH CEO Spencer Williams summarizes new research indicating that, when it comes to women, auto portability could deliver even greater benefits by making it easier for women participants to preserve their 401(k) savings, helping put them on par with men to achieve financial wellness.

Jun
25
2018

RCH in EBN: The hidden DC plan sponsor priority: Plugging leakage, enabling auto-portability

In his latest article in Employee Benefit News, RCH Founder, President & CEO Spencer Williams urges plan sponsors to adopt two critical, but often overlooked priorities for defined contribution plans: reducing cashout leakage and enabling auto portability. Today, plan-to-plan portability is both time-consuming and expensive, resulting in a large number of stranded accounts and cashout leakage, particularly for small accounts. Citing EBRI and other research, Williams demonstrates that enabling seamless plan-to-plan portability through auto portability could dramatically improve participant outcomes, enhance financial wellness and even reduce the incidence of missing participants.

May
21
2018

RCH in EBN: 401(k) account consolidation: The key to reducing lost participants

In his latest article in Employee Benefit News, RCH’s President & CEO Spencer Williams takes on the predicament of missing participants, making the case that widespread adoption of auto portability is the most effective solution to the problem. Supporting his views with foundational research, Williams points to auto portability’s twin benefits of locating current addresses and consolidating small, stranded accounts as outcomes that collectively satisfy plan sponsors' fiduciary responsibilities, create financial wellness for participants and preserve $1.5 trillion in retirement savings over a generation.

Mar
29
2018

Employers: Here’s how you improve the broken 401(k) plan system

In his March 29th 2018 article in Employee Benefit News, RCH’s Founder, President & CEO Spencer Williams argues that just as no man is an island, no employer-sponsored retirement plan is an island. He continues on to detail that new hires who join a plan all come from other companies, where they were likely enrolled in their former-employer 401(k) plans; and similarly, participants who leave a plan when they change employers have accrued 401(k) savings that they will likely want to take with them.

Mar
22
2018

No Plan is an Island

Just as no man is an island, no employer-sponsored retirement plan is an island. New hires who join a plan all come from other companies, where they were likely enrolled in their former-employer 401(k) plans. Similarly, participants who leave a plan when they change employers have accrued 401(k) savings that they will likely want to take with them.

Mar
02
2018

A new solution to tackle the old problem of missing 401(k)s

In his latest article in Employee Benefit News, RCH's Spencer Williams breaks new ground in addressing the age-old problem of missing participants. Citing new research from RCH and Boston Research Technologies showing that 67% of inactive plan participants can be found via "auto locate" technology, Williams argues that the auto locate process will revolutionize the location of missing participants and finally bring an end to the insanity of "doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result."

Jan
10
2018

3 ways employers can make their retirement plan more attractive in 2018

In his latest article in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams offers plan sponsors 3 crucial resolutions for 2018, including: 1) ending automatic cash-outs, 2) offering roll-ins as part of a financial wellness program, and 3) engaging all participants on crucial decision-making.

Dec
14
2017

A blueprint for reuniting orphaned 401(k) accounts with their owners

In his latest article for Employee Benefit News, RCH President and CEO Spencer Williams describes a blueprint that’s already been established for implementing a best practice default retirement plan feature, such as auto enrollment. The blueprint Williams describes includes obtaining behavioral research confirmation, guidance from Washington, and commercial implementation – a blueprint currently being followed for auto portability.

Nov
07
2017

How to reunite employees with their old 401(k) accounts

In his latest byline in Employee Benefit News, RCH Founder, President & CEO J. Spencer Williams addresses the need for an industry-wide retirement infrastructure, in the form of a private-sector clearinghouse.

Oct
05
2017

Why cyberattacks make a compelling case for auto-portability

RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams makes a compelling case that links recent cyberattacks to the need for auto portability.

Sep
06
2017

The exit bonus employers never intended to pay

RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams draws attention to the 'exit bonus' that employers unwittingly pay when participants cash out their matching contributions.

Aug
23
2017

Why small retirement accounts are the root of many problems

RCH Founder, President & CEO Spencer Williams addresses the problem of small accounts in his latest article in Employee Benefit News.

May
31
2017

RCH in EBN: The Rallying Cry for Improving Financial Wellness

Just as the global community united a half-century ago to eradicate smallpox, RCH's Spencer Williams makes the case that plan sponsors and providers can join together in common cause to put an end to 401(k) cashout leakage.

Apr
06
2017

RCH in EBN: Why mending fractured retirement savings is key to financial wellness

In his 4/6/17 article in Employee Benefit News, RCH's Spencer Williams likens the pain of ill health to the pain that many 401(k) participants suffer when they cash out or leave savings accounts behind at their former employer.

Mar
10
2017

Auto Portability Helps Everybody and Hurts Nobody

In his latest article in Employee Benefit News, RCH's President & CEO Spencer Williams makes the strong case that Auto Portability helps everyone and hurts no one.

Jan
05
2017

RCH in EBN: How auto-portability can improve retirement readiness for a mobile workforce

When the scope of the Auto Portability Simulation (APS) model was recently expanded to include accounts under $15,000, RCH uncovered astounding data regarding the size and extent of the "small account challenge."

Nov
18
2016

RCH in EBN: What is synthetic tenure, and why is it important?

Retirement Clearinghouse President and CEO Spencer Williams answers both questions in his recent commentary on Employee Benefit News.

Oct
19
2016

RCH in EBN: Why our retirement system is broken

In his October 18th article in Employee Benefit News, President & CEO Spencer Williams discusses the retirement system we have in the U.S.

Sep
08
2016

RCH in EBN: Retirement Portability Should Be Employers' Next Big Focus

RCH CEO Spencer Williams shares the results of over 300,000 individual decisions made by participants over an eight-year period. The results confirm that portability services are desperately needed to address the cashout leakage problem.

Jul
21
2016

RCH in EBN: Embracing a new source of plan growth

In his July 21st article in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams highlights the Department of Labor's new fiduciary rule challenges and urges that it's time to consider another source of growth: portability solutions.

Jun
09
2016

RCH in EBN: Not all 401(k) plan leakage is the same

In his 6/9/16 article in Employee Benefit News, RCH CEO Spencer Williams reminds us that leakage is a big problem for the U.S. retirement system.

Feb
09
2016

Why Retirement Portability is Desperately Needed


In his 2/8/16 article in Employee Benefit News, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams presents a compelling case for retirement savings portability.

Dec
01
2015

The unintended consequence of 401(k) auto-enrollment

Auto enrollment, codified in law by the Pension Protection Act of 2006, was drafted with the best of intentions to increase Americans' retirement savings but it has had the unintended consequence of impairing plan effectiveness. By proliferating small accounts in plans, auto enrollment has caused a decrease in average account balances throughout the U.S. retirement system. Adding to the urgency of this issue is the rising rate of auto enrollment adoption across defined contribution plans of all sizes, but particularly among larger plans.

Oct
09
2015

RCH in EBN: A Blueprint for Lifetime Participation in 401(k) Plans

Spencer Williams identifies portability as the solution plan sponsors should embrace.

Jul
22
2015

RCH in EBN: Safe Harbor IRAs Aren't Always Safe

RCH's Spencer Williams identifies fiduciary-friendly components of safe harbor IRAs that can help preserve retirement savings for former participants.

Jun
24
2015

RCH in EBN: How to Make Mandatory Distributions More Fiduciary Friendly

RCH's CEO Spencer Williams identifies four features that will deliver more-complete fiduciary protection for a mandatory distribution program, including auto portability.

May
25
2015

RCH in EBN: Enhance Auto Enrollment with Auto Portability

In his latest Employee Benefit News article, RCH's CEO Spencer Williams contends that Auto Portability is Auto Enrollment's natural complement, particularly in high-turnover industries.

Apr
14
2015

RCH in EBN: Auto-Portability Reduces Plan Fees by Increasing Plan Balances

RCH's CEO Spencer Williams continues to make the case for Auto-Portability, a new plan feature that recycles mandatory distributions, increases average balances and lowers plan costs.

Mar
17
2015

RCH in EBN: Why dump mandatory distributions in a landfill when you can recycle?


Williams advocates a new "recycling" approach for mandatory distributions from plan.

Employee Benefit Research Institute
Feb
21
2020

EBRI: Auto Portability Adds More Retirement Security to the SECURE Act

A new Issue Brief released by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) examines the impact of the SECURE Act's most important provisions on Americans' retirement security. The EBRI brief projects that the SECURE Act will reduce the nation's $3.81 trillion Retirement Savings Shortfall (RSS) by 3%, or $115 billion. However, when combined with auto portability, the RSS is reduced by 10%, or $383 billion -- a massive, incremental benefit.

Oct
31
2019

EBRI: Big Benefits When OregonSaves, Safe Harbor 401(k)s Paired with Auto Portability

A 10/31/19 EBRI Issue Brief -- What if OregonSaves Went National: A Look at the Impact on Retirement Income Adequacy -- examines the impact of a nationwide roll-out of a hypothetical "national" OregonSaves plan, as well as the nationwide adoption of 401(k) safe harbor plans by employers not currently offering a DB or DC plan. Not surprisingly, EBRI finds that the increased access to workplace retirement savings plans generated by these programs produces substantial reductions in EBRI's all-important metric, the Retirement Savings Shortfall (RSS). However, when each program is further paired with auto portability, their benefits are dramatically increased -- from $459 billion to $759 billion for OregonSaves, and from $645 billion to $1.0 trillion for 401(k) safe harbor plans.

Aug
15
2019

New EBRI Issue Brief Analyzes Auto Portability's Impact on Preserving Retirement Savings

On 8/15/19, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) published a comprehensive Issue Brief addressing the impact of auto portability on preserving retirement savings lost to 401(k) cashout leakage. Authored by Jack VanDerhei, EBRI's Director of Research and announced in an EBRI press release, the analysis utilizes EBRI's Retirement Savings Projection Model (RSPM) to quantify auto portability's impressive benefits 1) as a standalone policy initiative, 2) for specific demographic segments and 3) in tandem with other policy initiatives that expand access to workplace retirement savings plans. Critically, the Issue Brief also highlights the ongoing severity of the 401(k) cashout leakage problem, which their model estimates at $92.4 billion per year as of 2015, and "representing a serious problem that affects the potential of 401(k) plans to produce adequate income replacement in retirement."

Feb
14
2019

New EBRI Research Shows Millennials Benefit from Auto Portability

Expanding on research comparing DB plans vs. 401(k) plans with auto enrollment, on 2/14/19 EBRI released an infographic revealing the beneficial effect of auto portability on Milliennials. When auto portability is added to 401(k) plans, Millennials -- both male and female, for all years of eligibility, and for all income quartiles -- experience significant improvements in their 401(k) plan performance, as measured by equivalent break-even DB plan accrual rates. The latest EBRI analysis adds to a considerable body of evidence that auto portability is a leading retirement savings public policy initiative.

Jan
17
2019

EBRI Research Reveals Auto Portability's Benefits to Generation X Women

New EBRI Research, released 1/17/19, reveals a troubling Retirement Savings Shortfall (RSS) that is significantly higher for Generation X women, including both single females and widows, than for their counterparts. However, EBRI also found that auto portability made a "significant dent in these retirement deficits." According to EBRI, with auto portability "we found at least a double-digit percent reduction for all groups with future years of defined contribution plan eligibility, and for those with 21–30 years of eligibility, we found a 21 percent reduction in deficits for single females and a 31 percent reduction for widows."

Aug
09
2016

EBRI Releases New Research on 401(k) Leakage and Features Auto Portability Simulation

On 8/9/16, EBRI released new research focusing on the recurring issue of leakage from defined contribution savings plans. The August 2016 EBRI Notes summarizes policy forum discussions on the leakage issue, and include an extensive discussion of the RCH Auto Portability Simulation model that addresses outcomes of Auto Portability as workers change jobs.

May
01
2012

Initial Results of the EBRI 401(k) Project Model Indicate $1.3 trillion benefit possible

2012 EBRI research indicates that a 50% reduction in cashout leakage could result in an incremental $1.3 trillion in retirement savings, over 10 years.

ERISA Advisory Council / Department of Labor
Jun
17
2016

RCH and EBRI Present Consolidated Testimony on Auto Portability

RCH and EBRI teamed up to present consolidated testimony to the ERISA Advisory Council on Auto Portability, the automation of plan-to-plan transfers for small accounts, when participants change jobs.

The testimony was presented jointly by Tom Johnson, RCH's EVP and Head of Policy Development, and Craig Copeland, EBRI's Senior Research Associate. Johnson and Copeland not only addressed the basics of Auto Portability -- what it is, why it's needed and how it works -- but also covered the latest key research findings and EBRI data that are highly-supportive.

Financial Advisor IQ
Nov
12
2018

Financial Advisor IQ: DOL Proposes Auto-Portability for 401(k) Plans

Financial Advisor IQ reporter Alex Padalka reports on the Department of Labor (DOL) request for comments on a proposal aiming to reduce leakage from 401(k) plans when employees change jobs -- a program developed by Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) known as auto-portability. The proposal would give RCH a five-year exemption from certain restrictions, allowing the automatic transfer of 401(k) balances to a new employer plan. The comment period, notes Padalka, ends Dec. 24th.

FInancial Advisor Magazine
Jul
28
2020

FA Notes from the Publisher Mentions Alight-RCH Announcement

In her Tuesday update, Financial Advisor Magazine Publisher Cindy Taylor recaps the latest, hot topics covered by their reporters. In the update, Taylor singles out the efforts of FA Senior Editor Christopher Robbins, whose recent focus on fintech stories included filing a "piece looking at a new automated 401(k) program from Alight Solutions & Retirement Clearinghouse."

Jul
15
2020

Alight Solutions, RCH Launch New Form Of Automation For 401(k)s

Financial Advisor Magazine's Christopher Robbins reports on the official launch of the RCH Auto Portability program, informing readers about the 7/14/20 announcement by Alight Solutions that they'll offer the service to their defined contribution (DC) recordkeeping clientele. Robbins adds: "now retirement plan participants have a streamlined method to move balances from one 401(k) to another."

Feb
26
2020

SECURE Act Will Reduce Retirement Deficits By $115 Billion, EBRI Says

Financial Advisor Magazine's Tracey Longo covers EBRI's 2/20/20 Issue Brief that projects the benefits of the SECURE Act legislation, noting that the SECURE Act, by itself, could cut the nation's Retirement Savings Shortfall (RSS) by 3%, or $115 billion. While this is good news, even better news is that the SECURE Act -- when paired with auto portability -- would generate a whopping 10%, or $383 billion reduction in the RSS, of which $268 billion is directly attributable to auto portability.

Forbes
Feb
06
2020

There Is An Easy Way To Avoid Billions In Lost Retirement Savings

In her latest column for Forbes, Angela Antonelli, executive director of Georgetown University's Center for Retirement Initiatives (CRI), makes clear her advocacy for solving the nation's cashout leakage problem through the application of auto portability. Antonelli, a noted retirement researcher and public policy expert, details the negative societal impact of cashout leakage, before making a strong case for the adoption of auto portability, a solution that she believes will deliver particular benefits to minorities. Antonelli concludes with a clear call to action, stating that "we have a solution and it is time to get it done."

Feb
04
2020

For Every Dollar Saved For Retirement, At Least 20 Cents Is Withdrawn Too Early

According to Forbes retirement contributor Elena Botella, Americans not only save too little for retirement, they don't keep enough of what they save. Botella examines the phenomenon known as "leakage" and reveals that it's a big problem -- where 20 cents of every dollar saved for retirement is withdrawn too early. Botella cites Retirement Clearinghouse's DOL-approved auto portability program as a viable solution to leakage, delivered through a network of retirement plan recordkeepers.

Dec
19
2019

Can You Successfully Automate Your Retirement Savings?

Forbes contributor Rick Unser, a 401(k) plan consultant and host of the 401(k) Fridays podcast, looks to the future and predicts four key 401(k) automation features he believes will deliver significant benefits for participants. Citing job-changing as "one of the single most significant threats to a secure retirement" -- Unser identifies auto portability as an "emerging solution (that) will help with...the challenge" and "will move your retirement savings from your retirement plan at your old company to the retirement plan at your new one."

Dec
03
2018

Forbes: DOL To Help Job Hoppers With High-Stakes 401(k) Choices

Forbes contributor Christian Weller, a professor of public policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, links the trend of increased job-changing in a strong labor market to the challenges of moving retirement savings forward. Acknowledging the inherent difficulties in managing multiple accounts and the hazards of cashing out, Weller points to the RCH auto portability program as a highly-positive development, stating that "the approach appears successful in reducing leakage and increasing workers’ retirement account balances."

Nov
25
2018

Forbes: The 11 Most Significant 401(k) Plan Misconceptions

On 11/25/18, Forbes contributor Robert C. Lawton provides readers with a list of the "11 most significant 401(k) plan misconceptions." In misconception #3, titled "Rolling a 401(k) account into an IRA is a good idea" - Lawton suggests that, for many, rolling over a 401(k) to an IRA may not be in their favor. When it comes to small-balance job-changers, Lawton cites the DOL's recent actions on auto portability, stating that "the Department of Labor agrees, as shown in its recent auto portability proposal."

Aug
28
2017

Forbes Article Cites RCH National Cashout Clock

In Forbes, John Wasick cites the RCH National Retirement Savings Cashout Clock's relentless advance, and provides readers with 4 ways to avoid a 401(k) cashout.

Jun
09
2017

Forbes Article Quotes RCH Job-Changing, Cashout Leakage Stats

Forbes' Ashlea Ebeling quotes RCH job-changing, cashout leakage statistics

May
13
2016

Forbes: How Millennials Are Sabotaging Their Retirement


Forbes' Ashlea Ebeling uses RCH's Auto Portability Simulation (APS) model to illustrate how Millennials are sabotaging their retirement.

Oct
02
2015

Forbes, Next Avenue Cover WISER's Forum on Auto Portability

Forbes and Next Avenue contributor Kerry Hannon covers WISER's 9-30 Forum "The Leading Edge - Auto Portability: A Solution to Prevent Cash Outs & Preserve 401(k) Assets."

ForexTV
May
08
2017

ForexTV: Are Traditional 401(k) Plans Ready for Retirement?

ForexTV's Timothy Kelly chronicles some of the woes experienced by 401(k) plan sponsors and suggests that Retirement Clearinghouse -- through portability -- can help solve the problems.

May
03
2017

RCH in ForexTV: Why Retirement Plan Auto Portability is Important to Every Plan Sponsor

ForexTV's Tim Kelly explores Auto Portability, and makes a strong case that it's important to every plan sponsor, due to America's mobile workforce and adverse outcomes at job change.

Fox News
Dec
14
2018

Fox News: Laura Ingraham Addresses Auto Portability

Fox News opinion journalist Laura Ingraham takes note of the RLJ Companies founder and RCH majority owner Robert L. Johnson's appearance at an event for the signing of an Executive Order, where Mr. Johnson commended the administration, the Department of Labor and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), for their support of auto portability. Ingraham quotes Mr. Johnson as stating that "(auto portability) will put back close to $800 billion back in the retirement pockets of minority Americans. So I just want to applaud you for that."

Georgetown University Center for Retirement Initiatives (CRI)
Feb
07
2020

Auto-Portability: What it is, Why it’s Needed, and How it Will Strengthen Retirement Security

Georgetown University's prestigious Center for Retirement Initiatives (CRI) makes clear their advocacy for solving the nation's cashout leakage problem through the application of auto portability. A team of research analysts (Andrew Green, Benjamin Roth) along with CRI executive director Angela Antonelli, details the negative societal impact of cashout leakage and makes a strong case for the adoption of auto portability, a solution that research indicates will deliver significant benefits to minorities. The team cites the growing support for auto portability, including bipartisan political support, and concludes that "plan sponsors should take action to further facilitate the adoption of auto-portability, and in doing so, improve the retirement security of millions of Americans."

HR Daily Advisor
Nov
30
2018

DOL Auto-Portability Approval May Ease Rollovers, Reduce Missing Participants

Arris Reddick Murphy, Contributing Editor to HR Daily Advisor, and senior counsel with FedEx Corp.’s Tax & Employee Benefits Law group, examines the potential impact of the Department of Labor's recent actions towards RCH's auto portability program. Murphy outlines the strategic benefits for plan sponsors who participate in the auto portability program, including a reduction in small accounts, missing participants and uncashed checks. Murphy also points out the importance of participation of both plan sponsors and service providers, stepping through various aspects of the program, while offering planning tips for participating plan sponsors.

Inc.
Nov
19
2018

Inc.: Switching Jobs? Your 401(k) Balance Could Be Automatically Transferred Under a New Federal Rule

Inc. features a syndicated piece by Myles Ma, originally published in Policygenius Magazine, examining the Department of Labor's recent, favorable actions on the RCH auto portability program. Taking a balanced approach, Ma explains the importance of the auto portability program in helping solve the "cash-out crisis", discusses how the program works, consults experts for their opinion and notes the public comment period, which ends Dec. 24th.

Ignites
Aug
12
2020

Retirement Fintech to Add 300 Jobs, Quintuple Staff

Ignites reporter Beagan Wilcox-Volz examines in-depth the Tuesday, 8/11 announcement that Retirement Clearinghouse plans to add 300 employees to its Charlotte headquarters by 2026. Citing information provided by RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams, Wilcox-Volz links the expansion to the planned, nationwide roll-out of auto portability, to the firm's work with Alight Solutions and to the expectation that additional recordkeepers will sign up for the new technology.

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Jul
16
2020

Alight First to Use 401(k) Auto-Porting Service

Ignites' Joe Morris covers the nationwide launch of the RCH Auto Portability program, observing that Alight Solutions has become the first recordkeeper to sign on to use RCH’s 401(k) balance-transfer technology.

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Aug
20
2019

Auto Porting Old 401(k) Balances Could Save $2T: Report

In his 8/22/19 article, Ingites' Emile Hallez reports on the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI) 8/15/19 Issue Brief, which projects significant public policy benefits from the application of auto portability to the problem of cashout leakage. Auto portability, says Hallez, represents "a single policy change...[that]...could increase U.S. retirement savings by as much as $2 trillion over 40 years." Hallez then links the EBRI research to recent guidance issued by the DOL for the RCH Auto Portability program.

Aug
06
2019

401(k) Automatic Portability Gets Final DOL Nod

In his 8/06/19 article, Ignites reporter Emile Hallez addresses the US Department of Labor's "green light" to the RCH Auto Portability program, in the form of a final prohibited transaction exemption (PTE), issued 7/31/19. Hallez extensively quotes RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams, who emphasizes the importance of the PTE to the adoption of auto portability, as well as helping to "cure the missing participant problem" which he further characterizes as "a subject of intense interest among plan sponsors and recordkeepers." RCH EVP Tom Johnson is also quoted, offering his historical perspective on regulatory efforts and ongoing engagement with large recordkeepers.

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Nov
09
2018

Ignites: DOL Proposes 401(k) 'Auto-Portability' Plan

Ignites reporter Joe Morris covers the U.S. Labor Department's announce of the proposed exemption of Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) from ERISA rules, effectively permitting automatic transfers (roll-ins) of smaller 401(k) balances when participant leave jobs or are terminated -- a program known as auto-portability. The proposal, says Morris, "would task Charlotte-based Retirement Clearinghouse with running an auto-portability program, using RCH's electronic-records- matching technology."


Institutional Investor
Jan
24
2017

Institutional Investor: Auto-Portability is the Next Step for 401(k) Innovation

In her article entitled "The Next Step for 401(k) Innovation: Auto-Portability" -- Institutional Investor's Frances Denmark highlights auto-portability and includes quotes from RCH's Spencer Williams and Northern Trust's Sabrina Bailey.

Jan
17
2017

Northern Trust's Sabrina Bailey says Auto Portability is "factor to aid 401(k) asset retention"

In a 1/17/17 article by Frances Denmark in Institutional Investor, Northern Trust's Sabrina Bailey, head of defined contribution at Northern Trust, cites auto-portability as "another factor that may aid 401(k) asset retention."

Investment News
Nov
08
2018

Investment News: DOL proposes rule to reduce leakage in 401(k) plans

InvestmentNews reporter Greg Iacurci reports on the Department of Labor’s 11/7/18 proposed exemption for RCH “that’s meant to stanch the flow of money out of 401(k) plans, an issue that has long troubled retirement policymakers.” Iacurci notes policymaker concerns about 401(k) leakage, and cites research from the GAO, the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (CRR) as well as supportive comments from Marcia Wagner, principal at The Wagner Law Group. RCH, notes Iarcurci, needs the exemption in order to receive a transfer fee, absent an individual’s consent.

Apr
30
2018

InvestmentNews: Pension plans take lead on finding missing participants

InvestmentNews examines how plan sponsors and service providers, rather than waiting on guidance from Washington, are taking the lead in advancing solutions to deal with the missing participant problem in America's defined contribution system. RCH CEO Spencer Williams and EVP Neal Ringquist are both quoted in the article, which also mentions recent research conducted by RCH, as well the promise offered by auto portability's "auto locate" mechanism.

JD Supra
Sep
30
2019

Department of Labor OKs Automatic Rollover Into New Employer's Retirement Plan

In an article appearing in legal intelligence site JDSupra.com, Ballard Spahr LLP's Edward Wegerson examines the impact of the DOL's recent actions towards the RCH Auto Portability program. Wegerson provides some historical background by noting prior, related regulatory initiatives over the last several years, and concludes by stating that "for many employers and participants in high turnover industries, [auto portability] will serve to preserve retirement accounts that will provide more participants with a more secure retirement with minimal effort."

Journal of Accountancy
Jan
08
2018

Could this simple proposal help boost retirement savings?

In his 1/8/18 article in the Journal of Accountancy, Lou Carlozo examines auto portability, which has the potential to "impact the retirement plans of millions for the better." Carlozo details the progress auto portability is making with the Department of Labor, referencing the July 2017 letter from Senate Republicans. Carlozo extensively quotes RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams, as well as other industry experts, on the positive outlook for auto portability and its potential for solving the 401(k) "leakage" problem.

Kiplinger
Jan
31
2019

Kiplinger: How to Avoid Cashing Out Your 401(k)

Kiplinger's Brendan Pedersen examines the favorable impact that the U.S. Labor Department's ruling on auto portability could have on 401(k) cashout leakage. At a macro level, Pedersen cites figures from Deloitte Consulting, which show that cashouts by workers with less than $5,000 saved could cost Americans $2 trillion over the next decade. At the individual level, Pedersen uses an illustration provided by Mike Giefer, CFP, who states “if they don’t retire for 40 years, that money invested could have been worth $75,000.”

Law360
Nov
08
2018

Law360: EBSA Floats Simplifying 401(k) Transition Upon Job Change

Law360's Emily Brill reports on the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) introduction of a proposal in support of RCH's auto portability program -- a proposal which Brill describes as "intended too allow workers to seamlessly transfer their retirement from one 401(k) plan to another when they change jobs."

Lexology
Jan
15
2020

RCH Auto Portability "Broke New Ground" in 2019, Says Law Firm Examining ERISA Guidance

Writing in Lexology.com, the law firm Eversheds Sutherland LLP addresses notable 2019 ERISA guidance promulgated by the Department of Labor, including Advisory Opinions, Field Assistance Bulletins and Prohibited Transaction Exemptions (PTEs). For the 7 PTEs finalized in 2019, they single out RCH and auto portability, stating: "One exemption broke new ground. PTE 2019-02 granted relief for RCH’s auto-portability program, with respect to certain fees charged in connection with the transfer of accounts to the plan of a participant’s new employer."

Mar
07
2019

2018 in review - ERISA guidance

Writing in Lexology, Eversheds Sutherland LLP provides a retrospective of guidance issued in 2018 by the Department of Labor (DOL) under ERISA, highlighting the DOL's sole 2018 Advisory Opinion, which addressed the RCH Auto Portability program. Linking to their earlier analysis of the Advisory Opinion, the authors further speculate on the DOL's motives, stating that "auto portability offers a means to advance the important policy goal of preserving and improving the efficiency of retirement savings, which may account for DOL’s willingness to engage on this issue."

Lifehacker
Jul
15
2020

How to Automatically Transfer Your 401(k) Money When You Change Jobs

Lifehacker's Kate Dore reports on the nationwide launch of RCH Auto Portability, announced on 7/14/20, from the perspective of job-changing participants, whose transition could improve with the advent of the new plan feature. Dore references cashout leakage research by EBRI and Alight, and views the launch of auto portability as a positive development for plan participants.

LIMRA / Secure Retirement Institute
Apr
27
2017

Rely on the IRA Market for New Business? Then Support Auto-Portability

In LIMRA's Secure Retirement Review, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams makes the case that Auto Portability incubates & preserves small-balance retirement savings. As such, it has the potential to grow the market for advisers whose business model relies on IRA rollovers.

Jan
18
2017

LIMRA Promotes Research Supporting Auto Portability

LIMRA's Secure Retirement Institute is promoting research that supports Auto Portability. LIMRA showcases the research in DConversations, including video from the 2016 Retirement Industry Conference, as well as multiple infographics providing important research.

Market Wrap with Moe
Nov
25
2017

Market Wrap with Moe Discusses 401k Auto Portability

Moe Ansari talks 401k auto portability with Kerry Pechter, publisher of the Retirement Income Journal.

MarketWatch
Dec
04
2018

MarketWatch: Combining small 401(k) accounts helps preserve retirement saving

In her 12/4/18 article in MarketWatch, noted economist and retirement researcher Alicia H. Munnell applauds the Department of Labor's favorable actions toward the RCH auto portability program. Munnell highlights the dilemma facing millions of Americans each year, who leave their jobs and cash out their retirement savings, and cites the ongoing efforts by RCH's Spencer Williams and Tom Johnson in crafting the solution, auto portability. Munnell aptly characterizes auto portability's recent progress as being "so lovely to see a win for the 401(k) system."

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Nov
04
2016

RCH in MarketWatch: Rolling over retirement accounts now saves both time and money later

In his latest MarketWatch RetireMentors column, RCH CEO Spencer Williams modifies the familiar proverb “a stitch in time saves nine” for the benefit of 401(k) savers who have multiple retirement savings accounts.

Jun
03
2016

RCH in MarketWatch: Advice for the Class of 2016 - Strive for 25

In his 6/03/16 MarketWatch column, RCH CEO J. Spencer Williams gives the Class of 2016 advice they’re not likely to hear in a Commencement Speech:"Strive for 25"

Apr
08
2015

Alicia Munnell in MarketWatch: Supporting the RCH Goal of a Retirement Savings Clearinghouse

Alicia Munnell -- Boston College's Director, Center for Retirement Research -- comes down squarely in favor of a clearinghouse for the nation's 401(k) system.

Medium
Feb
10
2020

How Socially Responsible Corporations Will Solve the 401(k) Cashout Crisis

Writing in Medium, RCH's Tom Hawkins makes the case that socially conscious private-sector corporations will soon solve the nation's 401(k) cashout leakage crisis by fully-embracing plan-to-plan portability, including auto portability. Three key developments drive Hawkins' conclusions, including 1) a growing understanding of the problem and its societal impacts, 2) access to a viable solution and 3) clear acknowledgment of a responsibility to act for the benefit of society. Hawkins further notes that this view is being echoed in retirement research & public policy circles.

May
09
2019

Mercer Exec: Auto Portability 'Essential for Shoring Up US Retirement System'

In his capacity as Head of US Defined Contribution and Financial Wellness Research, Mercer's Neil Lloyd notes the recent emergence of serious industry dialogue on plan-to-plan retirement savings portability. Long a proponent of portability, Lloyd recognizes the inherent problems associated with holding multiple retirement saving accounts. In his piece, Lloyd strongly advocates for auto portability, stating that it "might be the solution to less efficient small-balance accounts." Lloyd goes further, opining that auto portability should be considered a legislative priority, writing that "SECURE ACT 2 will be vastly improved if provisions further supporting auto-portability are included."

Mercer
Aug
12
2019

Defined Contribution Auto-Portability Program Is First To Gain DOL Approval

Mercer's Law and Policy Group reports on the finalized prohibited transaction exemption (PTE) obtained by Retirement Clearinghouse from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for the RCH Auto Portability program. The article also addresses the broader regulatory framework, including Advisory Opinion 2018-01A, which identified certain fiduciary responsibilities of plan sponsors and of RCH.

Morningstar
Dec
04
2018

Alicia Munnell: Private Sector Answer to 401(k) Leakage is Getting Traction

In her 12/4/18 article in Morningstar News, noted economist and retirement researcher Alicia H. Munnell applauds the Department of Labor's favorable actions toward the RCH auto portability program. Munnell highlights the dilemma facing millions of Americans each year, who leave their jobs and cash out their retirement savings, and cites the ongoing efforts by RCH's Spencer Williams and Tom Johnson in crafting the solution, auto portability. Munnell aptly characterizes auto portability's recent progress as being "so lovely to see a win for the 401(k) system."

Motley Fool
Dec
06
2017

The Motley Fool Features Retirement Clearinghouse Cash Out Research

In her 12/06/17 article "Here's Why Cashing Out a 401(k) Is the Worst Money Mistake You Might Ever Make", The Motley Fool's Maurie Backman cites RCH cash out research, mentioning that "nearly 6 million employees are expected to cash out their 401(k)s within eight years of leaving their employers, according to data compiled by Retirement Clearinghouse."

NAPA Net
Jul
30
2020

NAPA Net Suggests RCH's Potential Role as Trusted Third Party

In his 7/30/20 column, NAPA Net's Nevin Adams reports on the terms of a possible settlement of the Princeton 403(b) excessive fee suit, suggesting that RCH could have a role as a trusted third party. Adams writes "for the members of the Settlement Class who no longer have an account in the plans as of the time of distribution, the distribution will be made via a tax-qualified distribution process, which will transfer those funds to Retirement Clearinghouse LLC — to be deposited into safe-harbor automatic rollover individual retirement accounts." In a footnote to the article, Adams also mentions RCH's "pioneering auto-portability program....recently adopted by Alight."

Jul
15
2020

RCH’s Auto-Portability Solution Embraced by Alight

The editorial staff of NAPA Net, representing the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA), covers the 7/14/20 announcement that Alight Solutions "will make Retirement Clearinghouse’s Auto Portability program available to its client base of 185 DC plan sponsors serving nearly five million employees at the end of this year."

Feb
24
2020

NAPA Net: SECURE Act Benefits Surge, When Paired With Auto Portability

NAPA Net reporter Ted Godbout covers the release of EBRI's Issue Brief #501, released 2/20/20, which projects the benefits of the newly-enacted SECURE Act legislation. EBRI's analysis finds that key provisions of the SECURE Act are projected to deliver a respectable 3%, or $115 billion reduction in the Retirement Savings Shortfall (RSS), a key metric of retirement savings adequacy. However, when the SECURE Act is paired with auto portability, Godbout notes that the RSS reduction surges to 10%, or $383 billion.

Nov
06
2019

NAPA Net Covers EBRI Issue Brief, Auto Portability

Following the release of a 10/31 EBRI Issue Brief and its 11/4 coverage in 401(k) Specialist, NAPA Net's Ted Godbout reports on EBRI's findings that auto portability, when paired with 2 policy initiatives -- a nationwide OregonSaves program and adoption of 401(k) safe harbor plans -- dramatically improves their benefits, as measured by projected reductions in the nation's retirement savings shortfall (RSS).

Oct
11
2019

NAPA Net Reader Poll Highlights Issues of Leakage, Portability

On 10/11/19, NAPA Net released results of a reader survey addressing the problem of cashout leakage and yielding valuable perspectives on retirement savings portability. Regarding plan-to-plan portability, a theme “echoed repeatedly” was the “complex, manual process that requires significant form completion and coordination.” The poll further found that 82% of respondents had plan sponsor clients who would be interested in a program that automatically consolidated balances. Specifically referencing auto portability, 81% of respondents indicated that they would introduce such a program to a plan, with 75% opining that such a program would make it easier for participants to manage their retirement savings.

Aug
16
2019

401(k) Auto-Portability Could Boost Retirement Savings by Billions

NAPA Net's Ted Godbout reports on a new EBRI study, released 8/15/19, that assesses the impact of auto portability on the nation's 401(k) system. Godbout highlights the benefits of auto portability to the entire system and to specific demographic groups, as well as the benefits of the feature when considered in tandem with other policy initiatives. Godbout concludes by noting that "these latest findings come on the heels of Retirement Clearinghouse receiving final approval from the Department of Labor granting relief from ERISA’s prohibited transaction restrictions to receive fees in relation to its auto-portability program, allowing the firm to move forward."

Jul
31
2019

DOL Okays RCH's Auto-Portability Program

NAPA Net's Ted Godbout covers breaking news that the US Department of Labor has granted final approval to Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) for a Prohibited Transaction Exemption (PTE) for the RCH Auto Portability program. As Godbout states, "the RCH Program seeks to help eliminate duplicative fees and reduce retirement savings leakage by providing individuals who are changing jobs with a way to transfer retirement assets from their prior employers’ plans to their new employers’ plans." Godbout also references the DOL's Advisory Opinion 2018-01A, issued in November 2018, and cites EBRI research indicating that system-wide adoption of auto portability for "smaller accounts alone would save $1.5 trillion."

Also featured in ASPPA Net

May
23
2019

EBRI's VanDerhei Addresses PSCA Conference, Including Auto Portability Update

ASPPA Net's John Iekel covers EBRI Research Director Jack VanDerhei's 5/1/19 presentation before the PSCA National Conference, where VanDerhei provided an update on auto portability's benefits, as calculated in EBRI's Retirement Security Projection Model (RSPM). According to Iekel, VanDerhei asserted that "introducing auto-portability for participants who are Gen Xers reduced retirement savings shortfalls for couples regardless of which dies first, and for single people regardless of gender."

Also Featured in NAPA Net (link)

Jan
24
2019

NAPA Net Cites EBRI Research on Women, Auto Portability

In his 1/24/19 NAPA Net article "EBRI: Single Women Face Significant Retirement Savings Shortfall", reporter Ted Godbout joins other media outlets in analyzing new EBRI research that projects a significant retirement savings shortfall for Generation X's women -- particularly single women and widows. Godbout also draws attention to EBRI's finding that auto portability, when applied to the problem, will result in "at least a double-digit percent reduction in the shortfall for all groups."

Nov
13
2018

NAPA Net: DOL Greenlights RCH Auto Portability Program

NAPA Net's Ted Godbout reports on the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) recent issuance of an advisory opinion regarding Retirement Clearinghouse's (RCH) auto portability program, occurring "mere days after publishing a request for comments on a proposed exemption." Godbout examines specific aspects of the advisory opinion, including the creation of a safe harbor for plan sponsors who accept automated transfers, as well as the fiduciary status of RCH in deciding to transfer default IRA funds.

Nov
08
2018

NAPA Net: DOL Seeks Input on Auto Portability

NAPA Net’s Ted Godbout informs his readership about the Labor Department’s 11/7/18 request for public comment on an auto-portability program, and notes the DOL’s Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) announcement of a notice of proposed exemption for RCH from restrictions that “would allow the firm to move forward with its auto-portability program.” Godbout goes on to cite the broad-based support for auto-portability, including bipartisan political support for a DOL Advisory Opinion on auto-portability, and research by EBRI. Finally, Godbout quotes RCH President/CEO Spencer Williams on key job-changer statistics.

Oct
05
2018

NAPA Net Readers Put Auto Portability on "Next Big Things" List for 2019

On 10/5/18, NAPA Net released the results of a reader poll, asking NAPA Net readers to identify the "next big things" in 2019. Auto Portability came in #7 on the list, ahead of perennial favorites such as "behavioral finance techniques" and "financial wellness." #1 on the list were multiple employer plans, or "open MEPs" - which was cited by 56% of respondents.

Jun
25
2018

NAPA Net: RCH's Tom Johnson Addresses Leakage & Portability at WISER Forum

Covering the WISER forum "The Millennial Perspective: An Intergenerational Discussion on Retirement Savings", NAPA Net's Ted Godbout includes reporting on RCH EVP Tom Johnson, who wowed the WISER crowd with 401(k) cashout leakage and portability statistics. Citing data from the GAO, the EBRI Retirement Security Projection Model (RSPM) and other sources, Johnson made the point that Millennials, including gig workers, will stand to benefit greatly from retirement savings portability solutions, including auto portability.

May
25
2018

NAPA Net Covers Women's 401(k) Cashout Stats, Features RCH Research

NAPA Net's Ted Godbout covers the May 22nd WISER roundtable, where RCH EVP Tom Johnson revealed new statistics highlighting the cashout problem for women with small 401(k) balances. Godbout goes on to examine the "portability solution" -- where auto portability could preserve the savings of 1 million women, on an annual basis, and 42 million women over a generation.

May
17
2018

Helping Plan Sponsors Deal with the Missing Participant Problem

In his 5/17/18 article for NAPA Net, noted industry researcher Warren Cormier takes a deep dive into the problem of missing participants, summarizing the findings of a recent Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) study that measured the magnitude of the problem, identified participant behaviors and uncovered important demographic trends. In search of solutions, Cormier turns to RCH CEO Spencer Williams, and their discussion focuses on "Auto Locate" as the most-promising financial technology to address the problem.

Mar
20
2018

NAPA Net: Can Automation Help Solve the Missing Participant Problem?

NAPA Net's Ted Godbout covers the recently-released survey of missing participants, joint research conducted by Boston Research Technologies and Retirement Clearinghouse. Godbout highlights the survey's key findings, quoting BRT's Warren Cormier, and drawing attention to the high percentage of respondents (60%) who expressed a preference for an automated solution to update their address and/or consolidate their retirement savings.

Dec
06
2017

NAPA Net's Ted Godbout Covers Boston Research Technologies White Paper on Auto Portability

In his 12/6/17 article in NAPA Net, Ted Godbout covers the recent Boston Research Technologies white paper “Making the Right Choice the Easiest Choice: Eliminating Friction and Leaks in America’s Defined Contribution System” -- which documents the key findings of the initial market launch of auto portability.


Jul
21
2017

NAPA VP Janine Stout Supports Auto Portability Before Congress

Testifying before a July 19 House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy, NAPA Vice President Jania Stout offered her support for auto portability.

Jul
18
2017

NAPA Net: Senators to Urge DOL to Issue Guidance on Auto Portability

NAPA Net's Ted Gobbout reports that U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) will deliver a letter to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, urging DOL guidance on auto portability.

Jun
26
2017

NAPA Net Covers 6/21 WISER Forum, Quotes Spencer Williams

NAPA Net's Ted Godbout attends the 6/21 WISER Forum on retirement issues, extensively quoting RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams.

Apr
04
2017

With Auto Portability, you can take it with you, says NAPA Net's Nevin Adams

Addressing the latest research conducted by EBRI on Auto Portability, and presented at the 3/30/17 FSR event in Washington, DC, NAPA Net's Nevin Adams discusses the benefits that Auto Portability can deliver in reducing 401(k) cashout leakage.

Dec
12
2016

ASPPA Net Headlines RCH Cashout Leakage Article

On 12/12/16, ASPPA Net staff included the 11/30/16 BenefitsPro article “Preventing retirement plan leakage: An infrastructure project that saves trillions” by RCH's Tom Hawkins in their website's news headlines, reiterating the major points in the article.

National Law Review
Jul
26
2016

RCH Portability in the National Law Review

In her 7/26/16 article in the National Law Review, Michelle Capezza addresses the fundamental changes in our workforce (the "Gig Economy") that are driving the need for portable benefits. Capezza states that RCH -- through promotion of Auto Portability -- is one of the ways that this new portability is becoming manifested in the Gig Economy.

NBCNews
Oct
17
2017

Wait, Where Did My 401(k) Account Go?

NBC News examines the need for a retirement clearinghouse; quotes RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams

Northern Trust
Sep
17
2016

Northern Trust Research Says Auto Portability is What's Next

In Northern Trust's research entitled "The Path Forward: Defined Contribution Plans Can Achieve More" Auto Portability is identified as one of two key DC plan features that will positively impact DC plan performance.

Paychex
Feb
15
2017

Is Auto-Portability the Next Big 401(k) Trend?

Paychex Retirement Services' 2/15/17 article provides an in-depth exploration of auto portability.

Pensions & Investments
Aug
06
2020

Auto portability clearing the way for adoption

Writing in Pensions & Investments, Alight EVP Alison Borland articulates her strong advocacy of auto portability, which she describes as the "brainchild of Retirement Clearinghouse." Addressing the most important factors that influenced Alight Solutions’ decision to become a market leader in embracing the new plan feature, Borland cites auto portability’s benefits to the broader retirement ecosystem, while imploring her audience to join her firm in going "all-in on auto portability.”

Jul
15
2020

Alight to offer auto-portability program to DC plan sponsors

P&I's Washington reporter Brian Croce addresses the 7/14/20 announcement that Alight Solutions will be offering the RCH Auto Portability program to its defined contribution client base, kick-starting the nationwide adoption of the program. Croce quotes Alight EVP Alison Borland and RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams, and references earlier DOL regulation that was required to bring the launch to fruition.

Apr
23
2020

P&I: Preston Rutledge's legacy to include auto portability

Covering breaking news, P&I's Washington, DC reporter Brian Croce informs readers about the pending departure of Preston Rutledge, assistant secretary of labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). With no official announcement by the DOL, Croce turns to Michael Kreps, a principal at Groom Law Group, for comment. Kreps states in an email that "Preston is a dedicated public servant, and his legacy at the department includes important work on pooled retirement plans and auto portability" with Croce adding that auto portability "has a goal of significantly reducing plan leakage and missing participants."

Feb
21
2020

SECURE Act could reduce retirement savings shortfall — EBRI

P&I's Brian Croce examines EBRI's new Issue Brief, which models the impact of key provisions of the SECURE Act. Croce notes that EBRI's projection of the legislation's baseline benefits produces an overall reduction in the Retirement Savings Shortfall (RSS) of 3%, or $115 billion, while the addition of auto portability dramatically increases those benefits to yield a 10%, or $383 billion reduction in the RSS measure.

Oct
28
2019

401(k) auto portability making critical turn toward acceptance

In his 10/28/19 article in Pensions & Investments, reporter Brian Croce examines the "critical turn toward acceptance" that the Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) auto portability program has made, following the "green light" the program received from the U.S. Department of Labor. In the piece, Groom Law Group's Michael Kreps characterizes the DOL's actions as the "starting gun", while RCH's Spencer Williams and Neal Ringquist provide important updates on progress-to-date with 401(k) recordkeepers. Tim Rouse, executive director of SPARK, an industry group representing recordkeepers, voices his support for auto portability, while ERIC's Aliya Robinson states that "once [auto portability] hits critical mass I think it's something we'll see pretty widely across the retirement system."

Aug
17
2019

Auto portability would reduce plan leakage – EBRI study

P&I's Brian Croce reports on the new EBRI study examining the impacts of auto portability, finding that the plan feature "would significantly reduce plan leakage" -- estimated by EBRI at $92.4 billion per year. Croce recaps the impressive benefits projected for auto portability under EBRI's RSPM model, and notes the recent actions by the U.S. Department of Labor, who "gave Retirement Clearinghouse the green light to expand its auto-portability program, which is expected to reduce plan leakage and missing participants."

Jul
31
2019

Auto portability program gets thumbs up by regulators

In his 7/31/19 article, P&I Legal and Regulatory reporter Brian Croce covers the Department of Labor's issuance of their final prohibited transaction exemption (PTE) for RCH Auto Portability, stating that the DOL's action "gave Retirement Clearinghouse LLC the green light ..to expand its auto-portability program, which is expected to reduce plan leakage and missing participants." Croce quotes Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies, as well as RCH Founder, President and CEO Spencer Williams.

Jul
12
2019

P&I: EBRI Study Examines Legislative Proposals, Highlights Benefits of Auto Portability

Pensions & Investments' Hazel Bradford reports on the latest EBRI research to examine legislative proposals, including auto-IRAs, that would expand retirement plan coverage. The EBRI study, notes Bradford, finds that "along with mandating that employers with more than 10 workers provide access to auto IRAs and raising the IRS' auto-escalation cap to 15% from the current 10%, EBRI calculated that auto-portability of all defined contribution assets through a clearinghouse would reduce the retirement deficit by 27.1%." Bradford further quotes EBRI Director of Research Jack VanDerhei, who adds: "[w]ith that combination, we can take care of a quarter of the retirement deficit alone for that age cohort."

Apr
29
2019

P&I Article on DOL Guidance Mentions Auto Portability

In his 4/29/19 article, P&I's Brian Croce addresses the deliberate pace of guidance offered by the Department of Labor (DOL) over the last two years. The article notes that the DOL's advisory opinion "issued for Retirement Clearinghouse LLC over expansion of its auto portability program to reduce plan leakage" was one of two issued thus far, and the only advisory opinion issued in 2018. The article also highlights the ongoing emphasis of the DOL on enforcement & recovery activities with regard to missing participants, a topic of concern for plan sponsors.

Dec
10
2018

P&I: Experts optimistic over auto-portability proposal

Pensions & Investments' Washington reporter Brian Croce examines the RCH auto portability program, following the DOL's November guidance. Croce outlines key aspects of the RCH program, quoting noted Washington-based ERISA expert Michael P. Kreps, who states that a key outcome of the DOL's Advisory Opinion is to "provide plan sponsors with additional certainty that they're not taking on additional fiduciary responsibility or risk by selecting this product." Croce also quotes RCH CEO Spencer Williams, Boston College's Alicia Munnell and the American Benefits Council's Lynn Dudley.

Apr
30
2018

P&I features RCH in "Plans take lead to find the missing"

P&I's Meaghan KIlroy examines how plan sponsors and service providers, rather than waiting on guidance from Washington, are taking the lead in advancing solutions to deal with the missing participant problem in America's defined contribution system. RCH CEO Spencer Williams and EVP Neal Ringquist are both quoted in the article, which also mentions recent research conducted by RCH, as well the promise offered by auto portability's "auto locate" mechanism.

Apr
30
2018

P&I: Auto portability viewed as way to reduce number of missing participants

In an article featured on the cover of Pensions & Investments, P&I's Meaghan Kilroy interviews RCH executives Spencer Williams and Neal Ringquist on RCH's auto portability program, and its promise to address the issue of missing, terminated participants. Williams and Ringquist provide an update on auto portability, including the recent implementation with a mega plan sponsor, the pending DOL advisory opinion and participation by DC recordkeepers,

Aug
07
2017

Washington offers hope over retirement security

P&I's Hazel Bradford sees progress towards auto portability as a sign of hope that DC policymakers could act to shore up Americans' retirement security. Spencer Williams quoted.

Jan
13
2016

P&I: Obama Calls for More Retirement Savings Portability in Address

Pensions & Investments highlights President Obama's call for more retirement savings portability, in his final State of the Union address.

PLANADVISER
Jul
14
2020

Alight to Offer Auto-Portability Solution to DC Plan Clients

PLANSPONSOR's Rebecca Moore covers today's announcement that Alight Solutions will offer the RCH auto portability service to its client base of 185 defined contribution plan sponsors, serving nearly 5 million employees. Moore, who has covered auto portability extensively, quotes Alight's Alison Borland, the RLJ Companies' Bob Johnson and references previous discussions with RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams.

Also featured in PlanAdviser

Aug
23
2019

Newly Sanctioned Auto Portability Solution Could Boost Retirement Savings by Trillions

In her 8/23/19 article, carried in both PLANSPONSOR and PlanAdviser, reporter Rebecca Moore links the most-recent regulatory actions from the DOL on the RCH Auto Portability program with the 8/15/19 EBRI Issue Brief, which projects the overall, 40-year present value of auto portability at nearly $2 trillion. Moore addresses the key findings from the latest EBRI research, which include new projections of 401(k) cashout leakage ($92.4 billion in 2015), projections of auto portability as a standalone policy initiative, auto portability paired with other legislative proposals, and finally, the beneficial impact of auto portability on specific demographic segments.

Also featured in PlanAdviser

Aug
01
2019

DOL Exemption Paves Way for Auto Portability

PLANSPONSOR's Lee Barney covers the DOL's final prohibited transaction exemption (PTE) for the RCH Auto Portability program, interviewing RCH President and CEO Spencer Williams. In the article, Williams characterizes the DOL's action as the final regulatory guidance required for plan sponsors and recordkeepers to pursue the program, indicating that he is very encouraged, having worked the issue for five years, adding: "we are very passionate about creating a new benefit for participants and solving the leakage issue.”

Also featured in PlanAdviser

Jul
25
2019

Preparing Employees for Retirement, a Global Comparison

PLANSPONSOR's Amanda Umpierrez reports on the major findings from the 2019 Aegon Retirement Readiness Survey, which provided a comparative analysis of retirement readiness in countries around the world. Summarizing the key takeaways for employers, Umpierrez turns to Transamerica's Catherine Collison, who suggests "that the U.S. government can require employers to offer auto-enrollment in retirement plans......and can continue efforts to implement retirement plan auto-portability."

Also featured in PlanAdviser

Jul
12
2019

Legislative Proposals Could Help Retirement Income Adequacy: EBRI

In her 7/12/19 article, PLANSPONSOR's Rebecca Moore reports on the latest EBRI research to address legislative proposals that expand access to employer-sponsored retirement plans. Once again, the EBRI findings reveal the highly-beneficial, additive impact of auto portability, when considered in tandem with other policy initiatives. The EBRI analysis, which examined various scenarios involving the widespread adoption of auto-IRA programs, found that adding auto portability to the mix resulted in the youngest cohort (35-39) realizing a reduction in their retirement savings shortfall (RSS) of 27.1% under auto portability, vs. 17.3% without the auto portability feature.

Also featured in PlanAdviser.

Jun
21
2019

Rolling Over Retirement Assets Creates Greater Retirement Income Adequacy

PLANSPONSOR's Rebecca Moore examines new research from EBRI that quantifies the beneficial impact of retirement savings portability, via rollovers to IRAs or to other DC plans. In EBRI's analysis, every age cohort realized significant increases in retirement income adequacy when their balances moved forward, highlighting the importance of keeping balances in the retirement system and avoiding cashout leakage. Tying EBRI's analysis to related regulatory initiatives, Moore noted Retirement Clearinghouse's pending, prohibited transaction exemption (PTE) for the use of their auto portability solution.

Also featured in PlanAdviser

Feb
12
2019

PlanAdviser: Senate Testimony Supports Auto Portability

PlanAdviser's Rebecca Moore, covering testimony offered to the Senate Special Committee on Aging, reports that Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) "touted automatic enrollment and auto portability as ways DC plan enrollment and contribution levels can be encouraged." The Committee's hearing, held 2/6/19, addressed the topic "Financial Security in Retirement: Innovations and Best Practices to Promote Savings" and also included testimony from John Scott (The Pew Charitable Trusts), Linda K. Stone (WISER) and Denis St. Peter (CES, Inc.).

Feb
11
2019

DB vs DC Outcomes Determined by Generosity, Design

Examining the 2/7/19 EBRI Research Brief comparing DB vs. DC plans, PlanAdviser's John Manganaro cites the study as finding that DB break-even accrual rates required for equivalency to their 401(k) counterparts are "rarely less than 1.5% of final pay." Under a scenario where auto portability is combined with the 401(k) plans, the DB break-even accrual rates increase further to deliver equivalency, with auto portability's impact "greatest among the lowest income quartile."

Dec
28
2018

2018 Regulatory Highlights for Plan Advisers and Their Clients

PlanAdviser identifies the most-impactful 2018 regulatory developments that will affect plan advisers and their clients moving into the New Year. The DOL's November 2018 Advisory Opinion on the RCH Auto Portability program, which clarified fiduciary roles under the program, is high atop the list.

Nov
20
2018

PlanAdviser: ERISA Industry Stakeholders Analyze Auto-Portability Potential

Following the U.S. Department of Labor's actions on auto portability, PlanAdviser seeks input from industry stakeholders affected by the program, including Callan's Jana Steele, J.P. Morgan's Anne Lester and the Wagner Law Group. J.P. Morgan's Steele, the article states, believes that "auto-portability is the next natural extension of plan design innovations from the past decade, including auto-enrollment, auto-escalation, and auto-investment allocation via target-date funds and managed accounts."

Nov
13
2018

PlanAdviser: Fiduciary Duties for Auto-Portability Solution Spelled Out by DOL

PlanAdviser reports on the Department of Labor's issuance of an advisory opinion letter in response to a request by Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH), for their opinion on the fiduciary status of parties as part of RCH’s Auto-Portability Program. The article notes that plan sponsors have a fiduciary responsibility for selecting and monitoring the auto portability program, but once assets are transferred to a default IRA under the program, the plan sponsor of the former employer's plan is no longer a fiduciary.

Nov
08
2018

PlanAdviser: DOL Asks for Input on Retirement Plan Auto-Portability

PlanAdviser's Rebecca Moore details the DOL’s 11/7/18 notice of a proposed exemption from restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to RCH for use of its auto-portability solution. The DOL, says Moore, has “tentatively determined that the proposed exemption is protective of affected plan participants” and notes initial results of the use auto-portability at a plan sponsor, as well as previous support from Congressional legislators, including U.S. Senator Tim Scott, R-S.C.

Aug
23
2018

PlanAdviser: Retirement Outcomes of Cashed Out Plan Participants Worse Than Missing Participants

PlanAdviser's Rebecca Moore reviews research by Retirement Clearinghouse that looks at the related problems of 401(k) missing participants and cashouts. The RCH analysis is based upon RCH's Auto Portability Simulation and Boston Research Technologies' March 2018 Missing Participant Survey comparing and contrasting the two problems from a systemic perspective, The article concludes that auto portability could serve as a strategic solution to minimize both. Moore's piece also references a previous article by RCH CEO Spencer Williams, and quotes RCH's Neal Ringquist and Tom Hawkins.

Mar
13
2018

PLANADVISER: Stranded Retirement Accounts Bigger Problem for Low Income, Millennials

PLANADVISER covers the 3/13/18 release of the joint Boston Research Technologies / Retirement Clearinghouse Missing Participant Survey, recapping the survey's key findings, and mentioning earlier research conducted by Retirement Clearinghouse on simulating the effects of auto portability.

Nov
08
2017

PLANADVISER: Results From Use of Auto Portability Product Released

Spencer Williams, from Retirement Clearinghouse, says the findings show the potential to preserve trillions of future retirement savings dollars for retirement plan participants through the widespread adoption of auto portability.

Oct
19
2017

PLANADVISER Compliance News Discusses Auto Portability Activities

In their Sept/Oct 2017 edition, PLANADVISER's Compliance News recounts activities aimed at moving Auto Portability forward, including Sen. Tim Scott's letter to DOL Secretary Acosta.

Apr
05
2017

PLANADVISER: EBRI Calls for Auto Plan Portability

PLANADVISER reports EBRI's latest research call for Auto Portability, stating that if workers could automatically roll their 401(k) plan over to a new employer, this could generate an additional $2 trillion in retirement savings.

Jan
25
2017

Recommendations to ERISA Advisory Council Include Auto Portability

PlanAdviser reports on the newly-published recommendations by the ERISA Advisory Council, which include facilitating Auto-Portability.

May
01
2014

PLANADVISER, RCH CEO Address Stranded Accounts

Interviewed by PLANADVISER, RCH CEO Spencer Williams addresses the growing problem of stranded accounts in America's defined contribution system.

PLANSPONSOR
Jul
14
2020

Alight to Offer Auto-Portability Solution to DC Plan Clients

PLANSPONSOR's Rebecca Moore covers today's announcement that Alight Solutions will offer the RCH auto portability service to its client base of 185 defined contribution plan sponsors, serving nearly 5 million employees. Moore, who has covered auto portability extensively, quotes Alight's Alison Borland, the RLJ Companies' Bob Johnson and references previous discussions with RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams.

Also featured in PlanAdviser

May
26
2020

The Pluses of Portability

In their latest "Inside Angle" column featured in the April-May 2020 PLANSPONSOR Magazine edition, Groom Law Group's Steve Saxon and George Sepsakos advise fiduciaries on the "pluses of portability" -- specifically addressing the improvements auto portability confers upon the 15 year-old automatic rollover (ARO) feature. Auto portability, writes the authors, "is consistent with the DOL’s broader view that plan fiduciaries have an obligation to locate missing participants and to pay benefits." To this end, they urge sponsors & fiduciaries -- when reviewing their ARO programs -- to consider incorporating auto portability in order to best meet these core fiduciary requirements.

Nov
09
2019

Ways to Combat Pervasive Leakage

PLANSPONSOR's Lee Barney reports on the Savings Preservation Working Group's recent analysis (link) of the problem of 401(k) cashout leakage, estimated to be between $60 billion and $105 billion per year, and affecting 33% to 47% of job-changing participants. The report -- the most-comprehensive analysis of cashout leakage to date -- represents a meta-analysis of studies conducted by EBRI, large recordkeepers, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Boston Research Technologies and RCH's own Auto Portability Simulation. The SPWG's conclusions were reviewed and validated by a team of industry experts, trade associations and advocacy groups, and specifically acknowledges the contributions of RCH's Spencer Williams, Tom Johnson and Tom Hawkins.

Nov
06
2019

A National Program Like OregonSaves Would Reduce Retirement Deficit

PLANSPONSOR reporter Lee Barney joins the chorus of media coverage of the EBRI Issue Brief examining 2 policy initiatives -- a nationwide expansion of an OregonSaves-like program, as well as the adoption of 401(k) safe harbor plans. While the EBRI analysis found that both initiatives delivered significant benefits in the form of reductions to the nation's retirement deficit, the addition of auto portability delivered even more-dramatic benefits to both by reducing the amount of cashout leakage experienced by job-changing participants.

Aug
23
2019

Newly Sanctioned Auto Portability Solution Could Boost Retirement Savings by Trillions

In her 8/23/19 article, carried in both PLANSPONSOR and PlanAdviser, reporter Rebecca Moore links the most-recent regulatory actions from the DOL on the RCH Auto Portability program with the 8/15/19 EBRI Issue Brief, which projects the overall, 40-year present value of auto portability at nearly $2 trillion. Moore addresses the key findings from the latest EBRI research, which include new projections of 401(k) cashout leakage ($92.4 billion in 2015), projections of auto portability as a standalone policy initiative, auto portability paired with other legislative proposals, and finally, the beneficial impact of auto portability on specific demographic segments.

Also featured in PlanAdviser

Aug
01
2019

DOL Exemption Paves Way for Auto Portability

PLANSPONSOR's Lee Barney covers the DOL's final prohibited transaction exemption (PTE) for the RCH Auto Portability program, interviewing RCH President and CEO Spencer Williams. In the article, Williams characterizes the DOL's action as the final regulatory guidance required for plan sponsors and recordkeepers to pursue the program, indicating that he is very encouraged, having worked the issue for five years, adding: "we are very passionate about creating a new benefit for participants and solving the leakage issue.”

Also featured in PlanAdviser

Jul
25
2019

Preparing Employees for Retirement, a Global Comparison

PLANSPONSOR's Amanda Umpierrez reports on the major findings from the 2019 Aegon Retirement Readiness Survey, which provided a comparative analysis of retirement readiness in countries around the world. Summarizing the key takeaways for employers, Umpierrez turns to Transamerica's Catherine Collison, who suggests "that the U.S. government can require employers to offer auto-enrollment in retirement plans......and can continue efforts to implement retirement plan auto-portability."

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Jul
12
2019

Legislative Proposals Could Help Retirement Income Adequacy: EBRI

In her 7/12/19 article, PLANSPONSOR's Rebecca Moore reports on the latest EBRI research to address legislative proposals that expand access to employer-sponsored retirement plans. Once again, the EBRI findings reveal the highly-beneficial, additive impact of auto portability, when considered in tandem with other policy initiatives. The EBRI analysis, which examined various scenarios involving the widespread adoption of auto-IRA programs, found that adding auto portability to the mix resulted in the youngest cohort (35-39) realizing a reduction in their retirement savings shortfall (RSS) of 27.1% under auto portability, vs. 17.3% without the auto portability feature.

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Jun
21
2019

Rolling Over Retirement Assets Creates Greater Retirement Income Adequacy

PLANSPONSOR's Rebecca Moore examines new research from EBRI that quantifies the beneficial impact of retirement savings portability, via rollovers to IRAs or to other DC plans. In EBRI's analysis, every age cohort realized significant increases in retirement income adequacy when their balances moved forward, highlighting the importance of keeping balances in the retirement system and avoiding cashout leakage. Tying EBRI's analysis to related regulatory initiatives, Moore noted Retirement Clearinghouse's pending, prohibited transaction exemption (PTE) for the use of their auto portability solution.

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Mar
26
2019

Shorter Employee Tenure Demands Progressive Plan Design

PLANSPONSOR's Amanda Umpierrez examines the latest research from EBRI revealing decreasing employee tenure, concluding that shorter tenure could adversely impact retirement plan success. Umperriez quotes RCH EVP Neal Ringquist, who ties decreasing tenure to destructive outcomes, such as cashing out, and RCH CEO Spencer Williams, who advocates for immediate plan eligibility and adoption of automatic enrollment provisions. Finally, EBRI's Craig Copeland, author of the research, addresses the beneficial impact of auto portability, stating that “[a]uto-portability will play an increasingly important role because it helps a lot with balance preservation.”

Mar
20
2019

Asset Consolidation: Facilitating participant roll-ins

In its Feb-March 2019 edition, PLANSPONSOR Magazine addresses the topic of asset consolidation, taking the position that plan sponsors who promote in-plan consolidation (“roll-ins”) are benefiting both their plans and participants. The article cites key findings from RCH’s 2015 Mobile Workforce study, and quotes RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams, who maintains that a clear connection exists between roll-ins and financial wellness. Finally, the article updates readers on auto portability, with the DOL‘s November 2018 actions providing clarity for RCH's Auto Portability program, and as Williams explains, “set[ting] a new standard of care for automatic rollovers.”

Feb
19
2019

2019 Retirement Outlook and Investment Insights Features Auto Portability

In PLANSPONSOR's Industry Voices, Jonathan Barry, senior retirement strategist at MFS Investment Management, discusses key trends retirement plan sponsors may expect to see in 2019, the issues they may face and offers his thoughts on how to address them. Turning to auto portability, Barry states that recent advances represent an "important step that will help with the issue of 'disrupted journeys,' which has become increasingly prevalent with more Americans working multiple jobs over their career."

Feb
12
2019

PLANSPONSOR: Senate Testimony Supports Auto Portability

PLANSPONSOR's Rebecca Moore, covering testimony offered to the Senate Special Committee on Aging, reports that Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) "touted automatic enrollment and auto portability as ways DC plan enrollment and contribution levels can be encouraged." The Committee's hearing, held 2/6/19, addressed the topic "Financial Security in Retirement: Innovations and Best Practices to Promote Savings" and also included testimony from John Scott (The Pew Charitable Trusts), Linda K. Stone (WISER) and Denis St. Peter (CES, Inc.).

Feb
11
2019

EBRI Reassesses Whether DC or DB Plans Are Better for Participants

PLANSPONSOR's John Manganaro examines EBRI Research Brief #473, released 2/7/19, which compares the outcomes of participants in automatic enrollment 401(k) plans versus defined benefit (DB) plans. Manganaro quotes the study as finding that DB break-even accrual rates required for equivalency to their 401(k) counterparts are "rarely less than 1.5% of final pay." Under a scenario where auto portability is combined with 401(k) plans, the DB break-even accrual rates increase further to deliver equivalency, with auto portability's impact "greatest among the lowest income quartile."

Feb
07
2019

PLANSPONSOR: Groom's Saxon Welcomes DOL's Auto Portability Guidance

In the January 2019 edition of PLANSPONSOR magazine, Groom Law Group's Stephen Saxon welcomes the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) November 2018 guidance on the RCH auto portability program. The DOL, says Saxon, "clarifies important questions about the fiduciary implications for plan sponsors" and provides "much welcome comfort" to plan fiduciaries considering the program. Saxon concludes his analysis by stating that "auto-portability will have a positive, long-term impact on the U.S. retirement system by reducing leakage and enabling American workers to consolidate their small retirement balances on an efficient basis."

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Jan
23
2019

PLANSPONSOR: EBRI Links Women's Retirement Security, Auto Portability

PLANSPONSOR's Rebecca Moore examines new EBRI research that demonstrates the "large impact" that auto portability can have on reducing Gen Xer women's retirement savings shortfalls. When EBRI adds auto portability to their projection model, Moore reports that the average shortfall for those with 21 to 30 years of future DC eligibility is reduced by 21% for single females to as much as 38% for widowers.

Jan
03
2019

Michael Barry Gives DOL an 'A' on Auto Portability

In his ongoing "Barry's Pickings" column for PLANSPONSOR, Michael Barry, president of O3 Plan Advisory Services LLC, gives the U.S. Department of Labor an 'A' for its November 2018 issuance of a proposed Prohibited Transaction Exemption (PTE) and an Advisory Opinion on Auto Portability. Barry adds: "as a long-time advocate of the establishment of a clearinghouse, I view this as very good news."

Dec
28
2018

PLANSPONSOR's 2018 Retrospective Features Auto Portability

PLANSPONSOR's John Manganaro, in this year-end retrospective, runs down the key regulatory developments affecting plan sponsors in 2018. High on Manganaro's list is the U.S. Department of Labor's November Advisory Opinion on the RCH Auto Portability program, which clarified fiduciary roles under the program.

Nov
20
2018

PLANSPONSOR: Stakeholders Say Auto-Portability Complements Modern Plan Design

In the wake of the U.S. Department of Labor's actions on auto portability, PLANSPONSOR's John Managaro follows up with key stakeholders affected by the program, including J.P. Morgan's Anne Lester, the Wagner Law Group and Callan's Jana Steele, who concludes that "auto-portability is the next natural extension of highly successful plan design innovations from the past decade."

Nov
13
2018

PLANSPONSOR: DOL Clarifies Fiduciary Roles in Auto-Portability Solution

PLANSPONSOR's Rebecca Moore reports on the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) issuance of an advisory opinion letter, focusing on plan sponsors' responsibilities as identified by the DOL. Moore notes that plan sponsors have a fiduciary responsibility for selecting and monitoring the auto portability program, but once assets are transferred to a default IRA under the program, the plan sponsor of the former employer's plan is no longer a fiduciary.

Nov
08
2018

PLANSPONSOR: DOL Proposes Exemption for Retirement Plan Auto-Portability Solution

PLANSPONSOR’s Rebecca Moore details the DOL’s 11/7/18 notice of a proposed exemption from restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to RCH for use of its auto-portability solution. The DOL, says Moore, has “tentatively determined that the proposed exemption is protective of affected plan participants” and notes initial results of the use auto-portability at a plan sponsor, as well as previous support from Congressional legislators, including U.S. Senator Tim Scott, R-S.C.

Oct
12
2018

PLANSPONSOR Highlights 401(k) Consolidation Issue, Need for Auto Portability

In the August/September 2018 print edition of PLANSPONSOR, Editor-in-Chief Allison Cooke Mintzer addresses the problem of 401(k) cashouts, highlighting the need for consolidation via auto portability in her Insights column piece entitled "Making the Most of Savings: Is your plan designed to allow for employees to roll in their assets from a former plan?" Cooke Mintzer suggests to her plan sponsor audience that helping participants aggregate assets should "be near the top of your priority list, alongside the recent industry focus on financial wellness and debt management." Cooke Mintzer also cites statistics provided by RCH CEO Spencer Williams, noting the dramatic decrease in cashouts that occurs as balance levels rise above $20,000.

Sep
21
2018

Auto-Portability, Universal Coverage Would Reduce Retirement Shortfall

PLANSPONSOR's Lee Barney addresses new research released by EBRI, which models the effects of the Automatic Retirement Plan Act of 2017 (ARPA), and then combines ARPA with auto portability. The EBRI research reveals that if ARPA were to be combined with auto portability, the retirement savings shortfall (RSS) would dramatically reduce the $4.3 trillion deficit by $932 billion, or 22.6%.

Aug
23
2018

PLANSPONSOR Features RCH Analysis on Missing Participants and Cashouts

PLANSPONSOR's Rebecca Moore examines recent analysis by Retirement Clearinghouse that looks at the twin problems of 401(k) missing participants and cashouts. The RCH analysis, based upon RCH's Auto Portability Simulation and Boston Research Technologies' March 2018 Missing Participant Survey, compares and contrasts the two problems from a systemic perspective, and offers auto portability as a strategic solution to minimize both. Moore's piece also references a previous article by RCH CEO Spencer Williams, and quotes RCH's Neal Ringquist and Tom Hawkins.

Jun
07
2018

CRR Offers Retirement Policy Suggestions to the DOL

PLANSPONSOR’s Rebecca Moore examines the Center for Retirement Research’s (CRR) report “An Analysis of Retirement Models to Improve Portability and Coverage,” presented to the Department of Labor in February 2018. One of the report’s key recommendations includes the establishment of a clearinghouse to automatically move small balances forward, a framework now widely-known as auto portability.

Mar
13
2018

PLANSPONSOR: Insights on Retirement Plan Stranded Accounts

PLANSPONSOR's Rebecca Moore covers the 3/13/18 release of the joint Boston Research Technologies / Retirement Clearinghouse Missing Participant Survey, recapping the survey's key findings, and mentioning earlier research conducted by Retirement Clearinghouse in simulating the effects of auto portability.

Nov
08
2017

PLANSPONSOR: Retirement Clearinghouse Releases Findings From Auto Portability Use

Results from the firm’s product use by one plan sponsor found that upon consolidation, workers' median plan account balance increased by 46% and the combined future value of their preserved savings was more than $3 million at normal retirement age.

Jul
19
2017

Lawmakers Request Guidance for Auto-Portability of Retirement Savings

PLANSPONSOR's Rebecca Moore reports on the letter from US Senator Tim Scott, urging Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to provide guidance on auto portability "as soon as possible."

Jun
26
2017

PLANSPONSOR "State of Recordkeeping" Article Addresses Auto Portability

PLANSPONSOR's Judy Hartnett interviews SPARK's Tim Rouse, gaining his perspective on Auto Portability as a means to prevent small accounts from "leaking out of the system."

Apr
05
2017

PLANSPONSOR: Auto Portability Can Boost Retirement Savings by $2 trillion

PLANSPONSOR covers the groundbreaking new EBRI Auto Portability projections, which indicate that full implementation of Auto Portability could generate an additional $2 trillion in retirement savings for Americans.

Jan
25
2017

ERISA Advisory Council Backs Auto-Portability Initiatives

PLANSPONSOR's Rebecca Moore reports that the ERISA Advisory Council has released its final recommendations on facilitating lifetime plan participation related to plan-to-plan transfers and account consolidation. RCH's Tom Johnson, EVP of Policy and Development is quoted.

Dec
16
2016

RCH in PLANSPONSOR: Guarding the Treasure

PLANSPONSOR's Rebecca Moore's article addresses defined contribution leakage, quoting RCH president and CEO Spencer Williams, as well as EBRI's Jack VanDerhei.

Oct
25
2016

RCH in PLANSPONSOR: Addressing the Most Serious DC Plan Leakage Problem

PLANSPONSOR's Rebecca Moore sits down with RCH's CEO & President, Spencer Williams, to address the most serious DC plan leakage problem.

Jun
14
2016

PLANSPONSOR Article Highlights Searching For An Appropriate IRA Provider, Quotes RCH CEO

Safe Harbor IRAs: Searching for an appropriate IRA provider By Judy Faust Hartnett of PLANSPONSOR

May
06
2016

PLANSPONSOR Article Features RCH's PSCA Session on Auto Portability


PLANSPONSOR's Rebecca Moore covers the highlights of RCH CEO J. Spencer Williams' May 3rd presentation at PSCA's 69th Annual Conference on Auto Portability, the industry solution to cutting cash out leakage in the sub-$5,000 balance segment.

Jan
27
2016

PLANSPONSOR Addresses President's Portability Initiatives; Quotes RCH CEO


A 1/27/16 article by PLANSPONSOR's Rebecca Moore addresses President Obama's portability initiatives, quoting RCH CEO J. Spencer Williams.

May
28
2015

PLANSPONSOR, PLANADVISER Address New RCH Research

PLANSPONSOR's Jill Cornfield reviews the latest research on America's Mobile Workforce from Retirement Clearinghouse and Boston Research Technologies.

May
28
2015

Portability and the Mobile Work Force Webcast Recap

In conjunction with Boston Research Technologies, Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) announced the findings of a groundbreaking research study on America's mobile workforce, providing insights into participant behaviors regarding retirement savings portability. The study offers plan sponsors with strategies to stem cashouts and to improve retirement outcomes.

Apr
10
2015

PLANSPONSOR Asks: Is Auto-Portability the Next Big Innovation for 401(k) Plans?

PLANSPONSOR's Sara Kelly interviews RCH CEO Spencer Williams, exploring Auto-Portability.

Nov
26
2014

PLANSPONSOR Features RCH: Solving the Small Balance Issue for Millennials

Jill Cornfield of PLANSPONSOR chronicles the dilemma faced by the Millennial demographic, those aged 24 to 32.

Queen City Nerve
Aug
15
2020

Fintech Firm Announces $4 Million Expansion in Charlotte

In their "Five Things to Know" weekly update, the Queen City Nerve reports on the news that RCH will be "adding 300 new employees and investing more than $4 million to expand their headquarters and corporate office in Charlotte." The segment also mentions RCH new office in the Ayrsley development in the Steele Creek community, and references the market potential of auto portability, estimated by EBRI to generate an additional $2 trillion in retirement savings.

Quicken Loans
Nov
21
2017

Changes Coming to Your 401(k) in 2018 – What Do They Mean for You?

Quicken Loans' Dan Rafter discusses upcoming changes to 401(k) plans in 2018 with Edward Dressel, including auto portability.

RealClear Politics
Dec
14
2018

BET Founder Bob Johnson Applauds Administration For 401(k) Auto Portability Program

RealClear Politics' Ian Schwartz covers the 12/12/18 White House event marking the establishment of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, and focuses specifically on remarks made by the RLJ Companies founder and Retirement Clearinghouse majority owner Robert L. Johnson. In his remarks, Mr. Johnson thanks the administration for the Department of Labor's recent actions on Auto Portability, noting that the auto portability program could result in "close to $800 billion" in incremental retirement savings for minority Americans.

Retirement Income Journal
Aug
01
2019

‘Auto-portability’ gets green light from DOL

In an 8/1/19 article, the editorial staff of the Retirement Income Journal covers the US Department of Labor's issuance of a final prohibited transaction exemption (PTE) for the RCH Auto Portability program. The article cites the final PTE as a key milestone in a five-year effort to gain regulatory approval for auto portability, and credits RCH executives Spencer Williams and Tom Johnson for their ongoing efforts since 2014.