Top Five Misconceptions About Auto Portability

Auto Portability in the News

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


Jul
14
2021

Pressure Mounts to Reunite Workers With Old Retirement Accounts

Bloomberg Law reporter Austin Ramsey addresses recent pressure on the federal government to reconnect retirement plan participants with their benefits, including the possible establishment of a retirement savings lost & found. For clarity, Ramsey turns to two experts -- Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, and RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams. Munnell's views underscore the need for consolidation and cites RCH's program of auto portability. Williams then provides Ramsey with an update on RCH's auto portability program, stating that any lost & found "must involve the private sector."

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Jul
12
2021

So Happy Together: Auto Portability & Authorized Portability

Writing in the Consolidation Corner blog, RCH’s Tom Hawkins examines the positive interplay between auto portability and its nearly-automatic cousin – which he terms “authorized” portability. Authorized portability, writes Hawkins, occurs when a safe harbor IRA account not originating from within the auto portability network is matched to an active account in a plan that’s already adopted auto portability. While the accountholder must provide their consent to consolidate the balance, a frictionless automatic roll-in results, producing a win-win-win for participants, for plan sponsors and for adopting recordkeepers.

Jul
07
2021

Don’t Relegate Lost & Missing Accounts to the Lost & Found—Consolidate Them in the Retirement System

RCH’s President & CEO Spencer Williams, writing in the Consolidation Corner Blog, opines on draft provisions in SECURE 2.0 legislation that call for establishment of a “lost & found” – including housing sub-$1,000 balances for all terminating 401(k) participants. As proposed, Williams observes that simply moving sub-$1,000 balances to the PBGC does little to reduce cashouts or stranded savings and offers auto portability as a “far more constructive method” to reduce cashouts and to promote consolidation of retirement savings.

Jul
06
2021

New Data Proves Effectiveness of 401k Auto-Portability

Writing in 401k Specialist, RCH’s Tom Hawkins examines new data collected from a large plan sponsor who’s implemented auto portability’s key technology components, but requires affirmative consent from participants in order to consolidate their balances. The data reveals resounding success in the location of active plan accounts, in obtaining participant consent and in executing automated roll-ins -- all of which augur well for the future of auto portability and for consolidation of larger balances.

Jul
01
2021

A Happy Ending for Consenting 401(k) Participants

Writing in the Consolidation Corner blog, RCH’s Tom Hawkins examines the “happy endings” possible for 401(k) participants who give their consent for moving their balances forward to their current-employer’s plan. In the piece, Hawkins reveals new data collected from a large plan sponsor who’s implemented auto portability’s key technology components, but requires affirmative consent from participants in order to consolidate their balances. The data shows resounding success in obtaining participant consent, which augurs well for the future of auto portability and for consolidation of larger balances.

Jun
16
2021

DC industry must cooperate to resolve forgotten-accounts problem

Writing in InvestmentNews, contributor Fred Barstein addresses the issue of forgotten accounts, and turns to RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams for his views. Barstein writes "[w]hat is needed is a network of DC record keepers that share account information" and notes that Williams and RCH have been working on developing that "for more than a decade." Barstein quotes Williams, who states "no one argues against portability" while adding that "the network is the endgame" and requires "critical mass [to be successful]."

Jun
15
2021

401k Retirement Savings: More Gone Than Forgotten

Writing in 401k Specialist, Tom Hawkins compares & contrasts the issue of ‘forgotten’ 401(k) accounts to its more problematic relative, 401(k) cashout leakage. In the piece, Hawkins takes the position that recent attention given forgotten accounts – via draft SECURE 2.0 legislation and the release of a drama-laden white paper – have created the mistaken impression that there’s a massive problem with forgotten 401(k) accounts, when in fact ‘forgotten’ 401(k) accounts are dwarfed by 401(k) cashout leakage, in terms of both their size and severity.

Jun
14
2021

401(k) Retirement Savings: More ‘Gone’ Than ‘Forgotten’

Writing in RCH's Consolidation Corner, Tom Hawkins compares & contrasts the issue of ‘forgotten’ 401(k) accounts to its more problematic relative, 401(k) cashout leakage. In the piece, Hawkins takes the position that recent attention given forgotten accounts – via draft SECURE 2.0 legislation and the release of a drama-laden white paper – have created the mistaken impression that there’s a massive problem with forgotten 401(k) accounts, when in fact ‘forgotten’ 401(k) accounts are dwarfed by 401(k) cashout leakage, in terms of both their size and severity.

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Top Five Misconceptions About Auto Portability