Auto Portability - Public Policy
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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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."