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Auto Portability - Public Policy
Learn more about retirement savings public policy positions related to Auto Portability.
The ‘Fix’ for Missing 401k Participants and Forgotten Accounts
Auto portability has received a lot of well-deserved attention for its ability to reduce cashout leakage by automatically consolidating small-balance retirement savings, but its effect on preserving participants’ retirement savings is only half of its compelling story. In an opinion piece for 401k Specialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins explores how auto portability can also act as the 'fix' for the related problems of missing participants, uncashed distribution checks and small, forgotten 401(k) accounts.
Legislative Proposals Would Bolster Retirement Income Adequacy
PLANSPONSOR reporter Noah Zuss covers EBRI's 1/20/22 Issue Brief #550, which examined the impact of four recent policy proposals upon the nation's retirement deficits, including their impact on racial and ethnic demographic segments. While all proposals reduced retirement savings shortfalls, the combination of ACPAs and an enhanced saver's credit produced the best results. Importantly, when auto portability was added to both the ACPA and saver's credit, overall retirement savings shortfalls further decreased by 10.8% to 14.3%, depending on race/ethnicity.
401k Market Minute: Auto Portability’s Big Boost
In his weekly 401k Market Minute video segment, 401k Specialist Editor-in-Chief John Sullivan leads off his news round-up with the "big boost" obtained by auto portability following its recent endorsements by the nation's two premier civil rights organizations, the NAACP and the National Urban League.
EBRI: Auto Features, Saver’s Credit Boost Could Slash Retirement Deficits
NAPA Net reporter Ted Godbout covers the release of EBRI Issue Brief #550, which examined the effects of potential public policy initiatives, including an Automatic Contribution/Plan Arrangement (ACPA), an enhanced saver's credit, a "skinny" 401(k), and a student loan debt employer match. Importantly, the EBRI study also noted the "stacking" effect of auto portability onto the ACPA and Saver's Credit combo, where it reduced retirement deficits by an additional 11% to 14%, depending on race.
EBRI Issue Brief #550: Auto Portability’s Massive Incremental Benefits to Pending Legislation
EBRI Issue Brief #550, released 1/20/22, examines the effects of various public policy initiatives, including an Automatic Contribution/Plan Arrangement (ACPA), an enhanced saver's credit, a "skinny" 401(k), and a student loan debt employer match. Importantly, the EBRI study noted the massive, incremental effects of auto portability, when added to the ACPA and Saver's Credit, where it reduced overall retirement deficits by 11% to 14%, depending on race.
How to ‘Materially Reduce’ Retirement Savings Deficits Across Races
401k Specialist Editor-in-Chief John Sullivan examines the latest Issue Brief from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), which assesses the impact of recently-proposed changes to the retirement system and how they could shrink retirement deficits. Sullivan notes that "combining automatic contribution provisions with an enhanced Saver’s Credit in 401ks and DC plans would reduce retirement savings shortfalls by 17% to 26%, depending on race" adding that "the addition of auto portability of retirement accounts resulted in a further double-digit reduction in savings shortfall across all races examined."
National Urban League, NAACP Endorse 401k Auto Portability
Robert L. Johnson, Founder and Chairman of The RLJ Companies and majority owner of Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH), has secured endorsements for auto portability from two premier civil rights organizations – the National Urban League, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – both with over a century of experience advocating for solutions that address the inequities and economic challenges experienced by Black Americans and by other communities of color. Writing in 401k Specialist, RCH's Renée Wilder Guerin, Executive Vice President, Public Policy, summarizes these major developments.
You have more access to your 401(k) than you think — and that’s not always a good thing
Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College and writing in MarketWatch, examines the phenomenon of 401(k) leakage, and considers the balancing act between preserving savings for retirement, vs. allowing access to savings for participants who need their money. Munnell identifies the "really annoying and large source of leakage is people cashing out when they change jobs" and, in an ideal world, would prefer to "prohibit cashing out at job changes entirely." More practically, Munnell suggests that RCH's auto portability program, "a platform for automatically transferring balances under $5,000 from an old plan to a new plan" could coexist with "a system with standardized forms and procedures for balances of all sizes."