Auto Portability - Recent Developments
Find the most-recent auto portability media coverage and developments.
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known as "leakage" and reveals that it's a big problem -- where 20 cents of every dollar saved for retirement is withdrawn too early.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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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."
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."