Auto Portability in the News

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Jul
01
2024

Upcoming Trends in Plan Design: From the Perspective of a Retiring Plan Sponsor

PLANSPONSOR's Remy Samuels reflects on the pending retirement of Carl Gagnon, assistant vice president of global financial well-being and retirement programs at Unum Group, and "[k]nown for innovative plan design ideas and offering a wide swath of benefits to his employees." In recounting his legacy of innovation, Samuels notes that Unum Group has elected to adopt auto portability, as delivered by the Portability Services Group. "We think that’s going to be extremely attractive to our new hires,” Gagnon says. “We’re trying to make it easier for our employees to consolidate their assets into one plan and into one company so they can manage it all.”

Jun
26
2024

What Optional SECURE 2.0 Provisions Are Plan Sponsors Most Likely to Adopt?

NAPA Net's Ted Godbout reports on the results of a new plan sponsor survey, conducted by Fidelity Investments "to gain a better understanding of what optional provisions of the SECURE 2.0 Act that plan sponsors are most likely to adopt." The survey found "high interest" in auto portability, a service which they expect to be a "standard offering." Godbout also writes that, "for larger plans, withdrawals for emergency expenses was replaced by auto-portability by corporate plan sponsors" and that "plan sponsors in finance and manufacturing both ranked auto-portability as a top option." The Fidelity report can be downloaded here.

Jun
17
2024

Safe-Harbor IRAs Don’t Offer a Long-Term Saving Solution for Plan Participants

Writing in the RCH Consolidation Corner blog, RCH and PSN President & CEO Spencer Williams reflects on the 20-year history of safe harbor IRAs, which were intended to be "a temporary solution to the problem of too many small, stranded accounts in defined contribution plans." Williams provides readers with examples of the dysfunction that has occurred when safe harbor IRAs have failed to act as long-term repositories of savings, or worse, when participants cash out completely. With the advent of auto portability, Williams maintains that the new auto feature will "allow participants to maximize the time retirement savings are invested in their plan accounts—and minimize the time those balances are languishing in underperforming safe-harbor IRAs along the journey to retirement."

Jun
13
2024

The Truth About Old-School Automatic Rollovers

Writing in 401K Specialist Magazine, RCH’s Tom Hawkins takes on “old-school” automatic rollover programs which produce massive amounts of cashout leakage and strand millions of participants’ balances in safe harbor IRAs. While old-school automatic rollovers have one foot in the past, Hawkins writes: “automatic rollovers that incorporate auto portability are the way of the future, with the industry-led Portability Services Network leading the way forward.” For plan sponsors, contends Hawkins, “auto portability delivers all the plan optimization features of old-school automatic rollover programs but goes one key step further” by automatically rolling-in eligible balances for new plan participants.

Jun
07
2024

The Truth About Old-School Automatic Rollovers

Writing in the Consolidation Corner blog, RCH’s Tom Hawkins takes on “old-school” automatic rollover programs which produce massive amounts of cashout leakage and strand millions of participants’ balances in safe harbor IRAs. While old-school automatic rollovers have one foot in the past, Hawkins writes: “automatic rollovers that incorporate auto portability are the way of the future, with the industry-led Portability Services Network leading the way forward.” For plan sponsors, contends Hawkins, “auto portability delivers all the plan optimization features of old-school automatic rollover programs but goes one key step further” by automatically rolling-in eligible balances for new plan participants.

Jun
06
2024

Alight Releases 2024 Global Impact Report Highlighting ESG Performance and Progress

Alight, Inc. (NYSE: ALIT), a leading cloud-based human capital and technology services provider, today published its 2024 Global Impact Report showcasing the company’s 2023 progress and future plans across its key environmental, social and governance (ESG) focus areas. In the Social Innovation portion of the report, Alight draws attention to their key role in "develop[ing] innovative solutions that address social determinants of health through expanded analytics and spearheaded the launch of the Portability Services Network (PSN) to improve retirement outcomes by promoting auto portability within the U.S. retirement system."

Jun
04
2024

Robert L. Johnson Talks Auto Portability, Racial Wealth Gap at EBRI Spring Policy Forum

Writing in 401k Specialist, Renée Wilder Guerin, RCH EVP, Public Policy, provides readers with a summary of the May 16th keynote address by Robert L. (Bob) Johnson, Chairman of The RLJ Companies, Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) and the Portability Services Network (PSN), to the 2024 EBRI Spring Policy Forum, co-hosted by the American Benefits Council. In Johnson’s address, entitled “Helping to narrow the nation’s lingering racial wealth gap” – the legendary Black American entrepreneur gave Forum attendees insight into the businessman’s long, purpose-driven journey to create entrepreneurial solutions to social problems, including his current efforts in the retirement sector, where he’s become laser-focused on leveraging public/private sector solutions that narrow the wealth gap for minorities and women.

May
29
2024

Harness the Power of Retirement Savings Consolidation

Consolidation is a powerful force in our world, and when it comes to retirement savings, 401(k) account consolidation is inherently efficient and exerts a protective effect on retirement savings as participants change jobs. Writing in 401k Specialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins offers readers six key facts about retirement savings consolidation, providing ample evidence on the efficacy of consolidation in improving participants’ retirement outcomes.

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