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The Editorial Staff of the Retirement Income Journal reports on the recent announcement that John C. Malone, chairman of Liberty Media Group, has taken a minority ownership stake in RCH, which is majority-owned by Robert L. Johnson, chairman of The RLJ Companies. The authors state that Malone made the investment after becoming "convinced...of the importance of reducing leakage from qualified plans." The article also notes that the investment comes on the heels of RCH's previous announcement that Alight Solutions will lead the nationwide launch of the RCH Auto Portability Program, and will serve to address the problem of cashout leakage that occurs disproportionately among Black and Hispanic workers.
Black Enterprise's Jeffrey McKinney examines the "reconnection" between "serial entrepreneur Robert Johnson and media mogul John Malone" -- taking the form of a minority stake investment by Malone in Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH). In the piece, Malone cites RCH's 401(k) auto portability as the kind of practical "inclusive capitalism" that motivated his action. McKinney cites Johnson's economic activism and quotes Johnson, who states that the pair "have a long history of taking on big challenges" and with Malone's guidance, will "do our part to close the wealth gap for America's minority communities."
Against the backdrop of uncertainty surrounding the 2020 Presidential election, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams takes to Employee Benefit News to remind us of the real impact other choices can have on people’s lives. For plan sponsors who care about preserving their participants’ retirement benefits, Williams urges them to “elect” auto portability and play a decisive role in helping millions of Americans save more for retirement.
Safe harbor IRAs exist due to the success of 401(k) plans, combined with the propensity of America’s mobile workforce to change jobs. While safe harbor IRAs have helped plan sponsors mitigate their cost and risk associated with small accounts, they’ve failed miserably for former participants. In his latest opinion piece in 401(k) Specialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins focuses sunlight on the unsavory practice of excessive safe harbor IRA fees, and offers advice to plan sponsors for promoting greater fee transparency and disclosure.
PlanAdviser's Lee Barney reports on the 11/17/20 EBRI webinar (Big Challenges with Small IRAs), which shed light on the growing problem of small balance IRAs, largely fueled by safe harbor IRAs. Presenting EBRI's recent research, Craig Copeland characterized the problem as "very pervasive." Barney quotes RCH's President & CEO Spencer Williams, who cites job-changer and cashout statistics, and points to small balance account issues as the reason that RCH created auto portability, stating: “[t]his is a solution that attempts to take advantage of inertia to create better behaviors and outcomes.”
On Wednesday, 11/4/20 the Broadcast Retirement Network’s Jeff Snyder interviewed Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) President & CEO Spencer Williams and Alight Solutions’ Vice President & Head of Research Rob Austin to address the 401(k) system’s small account problem – where high levels of cashout leakage in small balance segments perennially robs millions of participants of a timely or comfortable retirement. Snyder walks Williams and Austin through an interesting and informative interview that examines the problem of small-balance cashout leakage, reveals new research insights and highlights the new "automatic" feature -- auto portability -- that delivers an effective solution.
Writing in The Leader's Edge, contributor David Tobenkin examines the latest developments in benefits packages designed to improve the financial well-being of employees. Quoting a host of influential industry voices, Tobenkin cites RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams' efforts in pioneering & offering auto portability to address retirement savings lost during job changes, while acknowledging Alight Solutions for becoming an early adopter of the program. Tobenkin also quotes The RLJ Companies' founder, Chairman and RCH majority owner Robert L. Johnson on the need to help employees save for unexpected financial shocks.
Writing in FoxBusiness.com, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams offers three important tips for retirement savers to follow, regardless of market conditions. Williams' tips include: 1) consolidating 401(k) savings when changing jobs, 2) keeping mailing addresses current and 3) limiting pre-retirement withdrawals to true financial emergencies. If followed, Williams states that “these tips…will increase your chances of meeting your goals in retirement. Your 70-year-old self will thank you.”