401(k) cash out leakage blog posts


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."


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.


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.


401(k) Cashout Leakage: A Reality, Not a “Narrative”

In his latest article in Consolidation Corner, RCH's Tom Hawkins provides his take on the topic of 401(k) cashout leakage, examining a recent study by the Investment Company Institute (ICI). Hawkins writes that the ICI study -- while using an innovative approach to mine 2010 tax data -- fell short in providing accurate or timely estimates of 401(k) cashout leakage levels, which are best-reflected in research conducted by EBRI, by large recordkeepers and summarized by the Savings Preservation Working Group.


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.


A Critical Time to Protect the Vulnerable

Writing in Consolidation Corner, RCH's Tom Hawkins addresses the need to protect newly-terminated, vulnerable participants during the COVID-19 crisis. Hawkins points out that these participants are particularly vulnerable to financial emergencies, or in many cases, simply to poor decision-making. Hawkins urges sponsors to take additional steps to listen, to educate and to protect these participants -- not only during the crisis, but beyond.


To Show Participants You Care, Help Them Avoid Cashing Out Post-CARES Act

As participants affected by the COVID-19 crisis consider whether or not to withdraw retirement savings under provisions of the CARES Act, RCH’s Spencer Williams offers plan sponsors constructive advice for engaging them.Writing in RCH’s Consolidation Corner, Williams acknowledges the need for millions to have a “financial lifeline” but suggests that sponsors remind participants via email communications and digital content “that their retirement savings should be considered a last resort for meeting emergency expenses, especially during the present crisis.”


Think Twice Before Tapping Your 401(k) for Short-Term Needs

Responding to the Wall Street Journal's 3/20/20 article “The Emergency 401(k) Button” with a letter to the Editor, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams urges 401(k) savers to exercise caution when considering whether or not to cash out their savings. A hasty decision could result in "the loss of years of compound interest and investment growth that won't be there for retirement" writes Williams, citing a hypothetical 30-year-old, who cashes out $5,000, but stands to lose $52,000 in retirement earnings. Borrowing now, says Williams, is easier than borrowing in retirement, and your "70-year-old self will thank you" for your restraint.