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Bloomberg Law reporter Austin Ramsey examines provisions of SECURE 2.0 legislation that helps "reunite millions of Americans with retirement accounts they lost by switching jobs or leaving the workforce." Focusing on auto portability and the retirement savings lost & found registry, Ramsey turns to industry experts, including RCH and PSN President & CEO Spencer Williams, and Fidelity's Sterling Ingui. Williams cites the complementary aspects of these provisions, stating: “Without auto-portability and these other measures, the expanding access provisions of SECURE 2.0 will be sub-optimal. They wouldn't work." Ingui adds that "provisions for auto-portability...reinforce the work and the mission that brought us together to help the minorities, the women, the low-income earners, and young workers" who frequently change jobs and cash out their retirement savings.
Writing in 401k Specialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins helps plan sponsors understand how and when they should increase the intensity of their missing participant searches. When it comes to locating missing retirement plan participants, Hawkins notes that “there’s no substitute for an effective electronic, or ‘e-search.’ However, retirement plan sponsors will inevitably encounter scenarios where periodic e-searches alone will not suffice.” Hawkins provides plan sponsors with six actionable steps to increase search intensity and offers tips on how to minimize the cost & effort associated with missing participants.
Courtney Degen, P&I Washington reporter, examines SECURE 2.0 provisions that expand the use of automatic enrollment for all newly-formed plans, starting in 2025. Degen turns to several industry observers, including David Stinnett, head of strategic retirement consulting at Vanguard Group, who states that the provision is "a very good signal from policymakers that this is the best practice that works." EBRI's Craig Copeland links the auto enrollment feature's success to auto portability and emergency savings accounts, noting that these provisions "work together with auto enrollment to alleviate potential issues," and that "you really need to have those other provisions to go with (auto enrollment) for it to be most effectively increasing retirement security."
P&I Washington reporter Brian Croce examines specific provisions of recent SECURE 2.0 legislation "codifying" auto portability and helping to create a highly-favorable environment for adoption of the new plan feature. Croce turns to industry experts, including RCH EVP Neal Ringquist and Fidelity's Sterling Ingui, head of next generation products, workplace investing. Ringquist states that the legislation "removed some potential uncertainty some of those record keepers and plans had regarding the permanence of auto portability" while Ingui adds that the provisions "will help address the long-standing problem of plan leakage in the industry."
RCH's Tom Hawkins, writing in 401k Specialist, asks readers if they've noticed the recent "big shift" towards auto portability. Hawkins writes: "[f]or those accustomed to a glacial pace of change in the world of retirement, you could be forgiven if you’ve missed two very recent, tectonic shifts toward the system-wide adoption of auto portability" that occurred in rapid succession in the fourth quarter of 2022. The formation of the Portability Services Network (PSN) in October, quickly followed by SECURE 2.0 legislation that included important auto portability provisions, were both "unprecedented actions" which Hawkins asserts will continue to reverberate in the retirement industry. "The 'big shift'", Hawkins concludes, "won't be completed overnight, but it's already well underway, and will proceed with a pace that could take many more by surprise."
Writing in NAPA Net, John Sullivan opines that, with the advent of SECURE 2.0, "preventing retirement plan “leakage” through the widespread adoption of auto-portability appears to be the next industry target now that SECURE 2.0 has passed." Sullivan expands on that legislative theme by addressing the October 2022 formation of the Portability Services Network (PSN), and turning to RCH & PSN CEO Spencer Williams, who provides an overview of PSN activities. Williams also references the "massive overlay" of auto portability's benefits for minorities, women and lower income demographics, which coincides with the goals of PSN chairman Robert L. Johnson, as well as PSN's founding recordkeepers.
Spencer Williams, RCH and Portability Services Network (PSN) president & CEO, was ranked among the most influential people in the retirement industry, based on an annual poll conducted by The 401kWire. With over 100 industry influencers to choose from, Williams was ranked #13 by readers. To mark the achievement, 401kWire editor Sean Hanna chronicled Williams' remarkable year, which is the culmination of over a "decade and a half" of advancing portability, a "wave that he finally gets to ride to shore." Hanna notes Williams' key achievements in 2022, which include the launch of the Portability Services Network, as well as passage of SECURE 2.0, which incorporated important provisions for auto portability.
Kerry Hannon, Senior Columnist for Yahoo! Money examines the importance of new SECURE 2.0 provisions that codify auto portability and links the new law to recent industry-driven efforts in curbing excessive cashout leakage. The legislation, writes Hannon, is "building on a similar effort launched last year by the private sector" -- referring to the October 2022 announcement of the Portability Services Network (PSN). In the piece, Hannon turns to RCH EVP Neal Ringquist, who states that the legislation will have "a major, positive impact on the consortium and auto portability" and "should increase the number of auto portability transactions by 20% when the new law takes effect." Also quoted are Kevin Barry, president of Fidelity’s workplace investing division, and Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) and chairman of PSN.