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Auto Portability in the News
Browse the most comprehensive collection of articles in the media that feature auto portability.
Bloomberg's Suzanne Woolley examines the increased phenomenon of "job-hopping" which places workers at an increased risk of "making one of the biggest financial mistakes out there" -- cashing out their 401(k) balances. Woolley references the RCH Cashout Calculator and notes that Vanguard's latest How America Saves report references auto portability as a "solution to cashouts that it will offer plan sponsors within a few months." "That could have a big impact" continues Woolley, citing EBRI's $1.5 trillion savings projection for auto portability.
On June 7th, Vanguard released the newest edition of How America Saves, the firm’s seminal report on 401(k) plan design and retirement savings habits. Through its annual, comprehensive analysis of nearly five million 401(k) accounts recordkept at Vanguard, the report reveals additional plan design opportunities employers can address to further improve workers’ retirement readiness. In the release, under key findings, Vanguard notes that "cash outs disproportionately impact younger, low-balance participants" and adds that "[a]uto portability services and revisions to minimum balance rules can help decrease cash out rates."
In his latest piece in 401k Specialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins writes that the criteria for selecting an automatic rollover IRA provider have fundamentally changed. In the past, most 401(k) plan sponsors simply accepted the solution offered through their recordkeeper or TPA. While others performed due diligence, they applied a limited set of criteria including basic fees, investment options and accountholder service. Few considered the grim realities facing terminated participants forced out into safe harbor IRAs, including excessive cashouts, forgotten accounts, hidden fees, and barriers to exit. Now, writes Hawkins, it's incumbent upon plan sponsors to fundamentally “re-think” these programs, incorporating 5 new criteria to ensure that their automatic rollover IRA programs are fiduciary-friendly, while dramatically improving participants’ retirement outcomes.
Writing in BenefitsPRO, Omaha-based benefits consultant Marty Traynor examines the status of technology in today's HR benefits world, and identifies serious shortcomings, writing that "neither employers nor employees think the process supporting employee benefits is as easy to work with as it should be." Building a list of 8 technology-based processes that could bridge the gap, Traynor includes auto portability in the list, envisioning the day "[w]hen an employee changes jobs or retires—auto portability processes...support continuing portable coverages."
Selecting an automatic rollover IRA provider used to be easy. Most 401(k) plan sponsors simply accepted the solution offered through their recordkeeper or TPA. Others performed due diligence, using a limited set of criteria including basic fees, investment options and accountholder service. Few, however, considered the grim realities facing terminated participants forced out into safe harbor IRAs, including excessive cashouts, forgotten accounts, hidden fees, and barriers to exit. Now, it's incumbent upon plan sponsors to fundamentally “re-think” these programs, incorporating five new criteria to ensure that automatic rollover IRA programs are fiduciary-friendly, while dramatically improving participants’ retirement outcomes.
Writing in 401k Specialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins examines the experience of a very large (250,000+ participants) 401(k) plan sponsor that has been highly successful in delivering improved participant outcomes by incrementally adopting a full program of retirement savings portability. Looking at four distinct five-year periods that coincided with increasing levels of portability and improved participant outcomes, Hawkins writes that "there’s no finer example of those [improved] outcomes than the multi-year, real-world experience of this plan sponsor, where thousands of participants increased their prospects for a timely and comfortable retirement."
Entrepreneur's April Miller examines how technology is transforming retirement, and notes how auto portability can serve to reduce participant cashouts. Miller writes that "[p]eople are increasingly advocating for auto-portability features built into employers’ retirement plans. In short, they would automatically transfer savings to new, active savings accounts in cases where the funds are subject to mandatory distributions."
Writing in 401kTV.com, Managing Editor Steff Chalk examines the dual impact that auto portability has on improving participant outcomes, while reducing fiduciary risk for plan sponsors. Chalk notes that auto portability helps address the problem of automatic cash-outs, which can create large volumes of uncashed checks -- resulting in poor outcomes and heightened fiduciary risks. "401(k) auto portability comes to the aid of plan sponsors" writes Chalk, adding: "401(k) auto portability has the potential to help mitigate sponsors’ fiduciary risk and reunite more participants with their hard-earned savings."