Auto Portability - Recent Developments
Find the most-recent auto portability media coverage and developments.
The editors of Arkansas Business, in a humorously-titled editorial piece, note the inherent cynicism of journalists, but find some "reasons for cheer, and in time for Thanksgiving." First among their cheery topics is the U.S. Department of Labor's "experiment" to "reduce 401(k) leakage by allowing (Retirement Clearinghouse) to automatically transfer departing employees' accounts to their new employers' plans, what's called auto-portability."
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.
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.
Retirement Income Journal Editor & Publisher Kerry Pechter addresses the recent actions by the U.S. Department of Labor, moving RCH's auto portability program closer to widespread adoption. Pechter provides readers with important context on the DOL's actions, including RCH's ongoing efforts and the public policy arguments in favor of auto portability. Pechter then shares insights from RCH's CEO Spencer Williams and Head of Policy & Development Tom Johnson.
SHRM's Stephen Miller reports on recent actions by the Treasury Department (affecting hardship withdrawals) and the Labor Department, seeking comment on the Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) auto portability program. The DOL's proposal, says Miller, "might keep retirement savings intact when an employee finds a new job" and added that "automatically transferring 401(k) accounts could leave departing participants with larger nest eggs since they would be less likely to cash out retirement funds."
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.
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.
The law firm of Eversheds Sutherland provides, in their latest Legal Alert, a summary of the DOL's recent actions concerning the Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) auto portability program.