Auto Portability in the News

Browse the most comprehensive collection of articles in the media that feature auto portability.


Dec
27
2023

Small-Balance Retirement Account Holders to See Significant Changes in 2024

PLANSPONSOR's Remy Samuels covers developments surrounding small-balance accounts, including the 12/29/23 increase of the mandatory distribution threshold from $5,000 to $7,000, the recent announcement by the Portability Services Network (PSN) of live operations, and the release by Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) of an updated version of its Auto Portability Simulation (APS). Samuels briefs her readers on all of these developments, and offers a summary of key results from RCH's new APS model.

Dec
26
2023

4 Key Findings from the New Auto Portability Simulation

Writing in 401k Specialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins summarizes the four key findings from the firm's Auto Portability Simulation (APS), a discrete event simulation that models the impacts of auto portability over a 40-year period, and are detailed in a new white paper, Revisiting the Auto Portability Simulation: The Impact of the Portability Services Network, SECURE 2.0 and Expanded Access. Hawkins contends that the new APS analysis has improved the model’s predictive accuracy by incorporating new parameters that reflect “changing realities” driven by three major developments: 1) the advent of the Portability Services Network, 2) the passage of the SECURE 2.0 Act and 3) ongoing progress in expanding access to workplace retirement savings plans. The paper's key findings highlight the growth of the participant population that will be subject to mandatory distributions, as well as auto portability’s effects on reducing cashout leakage, generating incremental retirement wealth, and delivering benefits to minorities and lower-income workers.

Dec
23
2023

Your Old 401(k): Out of Sight, Out of Mind and Out of Money

Journalist Brian J. O'Connor, writing in the New York Times, highlights the problems faced by job-changing 401(k) participants who leave behind small balances with their former employers, where they can be subject to their mandatory distribution provisions. O'Connor turns to RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams, who sets the system-wide value of lost savings at $1.5 trillion. The piece also mentions the formation of the Portability Services Network, a "voluntary network includes Alight Solutions, Empower, Fidelity Investments, Principal, TIAA and Vanguard and uses technology from Retirement Clearinghouse."

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Dec
15
2023

Episode 59: Auto-Portability with Neal Ringquist

RCH Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer Neal Ringquist joins hosts Jennifer Doss and Audrey Wheat on CAPTRUST's Revamping Retirement podcast, which aired on 12/15/23. In the podcast's discussion on auto-portability, Ringquist emphasizes the advantages and benefits of auto-portability for both the participant and the plan sponsor. These benefits include: increased average account balances, reduced administrative hassles associated with managing multiple accounts, reduced cash-out leakage (especially for individuals with lower incomes) and improved retirement outcomes for participants.

Dec
13
2023

Four Key Findings from the New Auto Portability Simulation

Writing in the RCH Consolidation Corner blog, RCH's Tom Hawkins summarizes the four key findings from the firm's Auto Portability Simulation, a discrete event simulation that models the impacts of auto portability over a 40-year period, and are detailed in a new white paper, Revisiting the Auto Portability Simulation: The Impact of the Portability Services Network, SECURE 2.0 and Expanded Access. Hawkins contends that the new APS analysis has improved the model’s predictive accuracy by incorporating new parameters that reflect “changing realities” driven by three major developments: 1) the advent of the Portability Services Network, 2) the passage of the SECURE 2.0 Act and 3) ongoing progress in expanding access to workplace retirement savings plans. The paper's four key findings highlight the growth of the participant population that will be subject to mandatory distributions, as well as auto portability’s effects on reducing cashout leakage, generating incremental retirement wealth, and delivering benefits to minorities and lower-income workers.

Dec
11
2023

Auto Portability: It’s All About the Participants

Writing in 401k Specialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins reminds readers what auto portability is all about -- improving the retirement security of marginalized defined contribution participants. These participants -- comprised largely of minorities, women, younger and lower-income participants -- not only need auto portability the most, but there's solid evidence that they want it as well. To support his claim, Hawkins cites three highly-regarded surveys that have found a strong participant preference for auto portability and for consolidating small balances within the defined contribution system, and believes that recent developments will "augur well for Americans’ retirement security."

Dec
08
2023

DOL Drops Off Proposed Auto-Portability Exemption at OMB

NAPA Net's Ted Godbout, covering DC's retirement regulatory agency activity, reports forward progress towards the public release of guidance for auto portability, as called for in SECURE 2.0 Act provisions. On December 5th, Godbout reports that the DOL submitted the proposed guidance to the White House Office of Management and Budget for their review. Godbout further observes that "the proposal will now undergo a review at OMB before being released for a public comment period, which shows a target release date of December 2023."

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Nov
29
2023

Auto Portability: It’s About the Participants

Writing in RCH's Consolidation Corner blog, Tom Hawkins reminds readers what auto portability is all about -- improving the retirement security of marginalized defined contribution participants. These participants -- comprised largely of minorities, women, younger and lower-income participants -- not only need auto portability the most, but there's solid evidence that they want it as well. To support his claim, Hawkins cites three highly-regarded surveys that have found a strong participant preference for auto portability and for consolidating small balances within the defined contribution system, and believes that recent developments will "augur well for Americans’ retirement security."

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