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Dec
28
2022

Robert L. Johnson Lauds Congress for Including Auto Portability in SECURE 2.0 Act

In a 12/28/22 press release, Robert L. Johnson, founder of The RLJ Companies and Chairman of Portability Services Network (PSN) and Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH), lauded Congress and others for their role in the passage of SECURE 2.0 legislation, which included provisions for auto portability. "I am pleased that this Congress codified auto portability and thereby recognized the value and importance this plan feature delivers to address the retirement security needs of so many underserved Americans," said Johnson. "I am particularly grateful to Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for their support in advancing auto portability through this Congress. I also want to thank Marc Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League and Derrick Johnson, President & CEO of the NAACP for their leadership and being early, vocal supporters of auto portability."

Dec
22
2022

Roadmaps to Retirement: Taking Stock and Looking Forward

Writing in TheStreet.com, Ariana Ottrando reports on a retirement security roundtable hosted by The Harkin Institute and the U.S. Department of Labor. In session two, which featured the DOL's Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Groom Law Group's Michael Kreps, the discussion turned to the lack of portability in America's defined contribution system. Both Kennedy Townsend and Kreps addressed this issue, with Kreps citing the recent advent of the Portability Services Network, where "three of the largest service providers in the country" in conjunction with Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH), embraced auto portability.

Dec
22
2022

2022: A Most Consequential Year for Retirement Savings Portability

Last year at this time, Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) predicted that 2022 would be a pivotal year for retirement savings portability. It turns out we were right, but we confess to being pleasantly surprised at just how consequential (and positive) the year has been, and it’s not over yet. Writing in 401k Specialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins provides a rundown of key events during 2022 that have helped to positively shape the future of retirement savings portability.

Dec
21
2022

Make retirement plan portability a New Year's resolution

Writing in Employee Benefit News, and taking his cue from the 10/5/22 announcement of the industry-led utility (Portability Services Network) to accelerate the nationwide adoption of auto portability, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams encourages plan sponsors resolve to adopt auto portability in the New Year, for both their participants and for the health of their plans. Williams writes: "[a]s we look ahead to the New Year, plan sponsors can resolve to help their participants increase their retirement savings—and increase key metrics such as average account balance—by adopting auto portability."

Dec
14
2022

Webinar Showcases Extraordinary Industry Alignment on Auto Portability

For defined contribution recordkeepers, competition has long been fierce, so it’s extraordinary when industry rivals join forces and align around a common cause. That alignment around auto portability, embodied in the newly launched Portability Services Network (PSN), was on full display in a 12/8/22 Groom Law Group webinar. The event featured representatives from retirement industry titans and founding PSN members Alight Solutions, Fidelity Investments and the Vanguard Group, joined by Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) EVP Neal Ringquist. Watch a video replay of the webinar and read a summary of the event.

Previously featured in RCH's Consolidation Corner

Dec
13
2022

Big Questions Facing Retirement Income Products

In his latest piece in Wealth Management, Fred Barstein continues to examine the state of retirement income products in defined contribution plans. Barstein writes: "[i]n-plan retirement income has been a hot topic for decades yet it seems like the momentum is finally building." This, in part, could be driven by the advent of the new Portability Services Network, which Barstein characterizes as "the first industry data exchange which could address [defined contribution plan] transferability issues."

Dec
09
2022

401(k) Real Chat: Spencer Williams

Fred Barstein, founder and CEO of The Retirement Adviser University (TRAU), sits down with Spencer Williams, president & CEO of Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) and the Portability Services Network (PSN) to answer three probing questions about the new industry-led utility formed to accelerate the nationwide adoption of auto portability. Barstein asks Williams about PSN's purpose and how it came about, drills down on the data exchange mechanisms, and gets Williams' insights on the utility's roadmap for the future.

Dec
05
2022

The In-Plan Retirement Income Dilemma

Writing in Wealth Management, Fred Barstein, Founder & CEO of The Retirement Adviser University (TRAU), examines the status of in-plan retirement income solutions. Barstein refers to "many conundrums the DC industry faces as we try to retrofit DC plans" including "the issue of transferability when a plan or participant switches record-keepers." On this point, Barstein states: "[t]here is hope as Fidelity, Alight and Vanguard, in collaboration with the Retirement Clearinghouse, recently created a data exchange called the Portability Services Network....to deal with smaller account transfers and leakage."

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