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In his latest article in BenefitsPRO, RCH EVP Spencer Pringle offers job-changing 401(k) participants important tips on how to avoid becoming a 401(k) DIY “horror story.” Pringle examines three DIY scenarios for participants to avoid, including cashing out, stranding a 401(k) balance at a previous employer and finally, attempting a DIY roll-in. Auto portability, education and assistance, says Pringle, are keys to overcoming the traps.
PLANSPONSOR's Rebecca Moore examines recent analysis by Retirement Clearinghouse that looks at the twin problems of 401(k) missing participants and cashouts. The RCH analysis, based upon RCH's Auto Portability Simulation and Boston Research Technologies' March 2018 Missing Participant Survey, compares and contrasts the two problems from a systemic perspective, and offers auto portability as a strategic solution to minimize both. Moore's piece also references a previous article by RCH CEO Spencer Williams, and quotes RCH's Neal Ringquist and Tom Hawkins.
401kTV's Robyn Kurdek reviews an 8/10/18 Wall Street Journal article by Anne Tergesen, which focuses on rising levels of cashout leakage linked to the growing adoption of automatic enrollment provisions. Similar to the original article in the Journal, Kurdek also cites data from Retirement Clearinghouse, indicating that "slightly more than 60% of 401(k) participants with balances of less than $10,000 cash out their savings."
RISMedia's Liz Dominguez covers recent research by Alight Solutions LLC on the benefits and disadvantages of auto-enrollment, and considers how these issues could impact behaviors in the real estate market. Dominguez cites the RCH cashout figure of 60% for balances less than $10,000, recently featured in The Wall Street Journal.
As the 40th anniversary of legislation enabling the 401(k) draws near, RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams predicts that the next big advancement for the 401(k) will be the “seamless portability and consolidation” brought about by auto portability. The benefits that auto portability will deliver, estimated by EBRI to be as much as $1.5 trillion, could be “right around the corner” and will help millions of Americans achieve a financially secure retirement.
In his August 2018 article in 401k Specialist, RCH's Tom Hawkins reveals new research predicting 401(k) participant outcomes following separation for two balance segments – those above & below $15,000. Using logic developed in the Auto Portability Simulation to track & tally participant outcomes 8 years following separation, the results reveal a startling contrast between the two segments – with participants in the over-$15,000 segment experiencing far-superior outcomes to those in the under-$15,000 segment. To address the disparities, Hawkins advocates for a new “automatic” in the form of auto portability.
Advisor News contributor Brian O'Connell urges advisors to "step in and save 401(k) cash out takers from themselves" by emphasizing the downside. To make his point, O'Connell utilizes market research from Retirement Clearinghouse, which reveals that 6 million, or 41% of all 401(k) job-changers will cash out each year. O'Connell also quotes RCH's Tom Hawkins, who states "participants who have cashed out have effectively removed themselves from the defined contribution system, as if they'd never enrolled."
The Wall Street Journal's Anne Tergesen takes a look at the latest research on auto-enrolled participants in 401(k)-style plans, which finds that these workers tend to treat these savings "like automated-teller machines" -- a phenomenon known in the retirement industry as "leakage." To support her point, Tergesen uses data supplied by Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH), indicating that 60% of 401(k) participants with balances below $10,000 will cash out their savings, paying income taxes and a 10% penalty. Tergesen also notes that "policy experts recommend automating the process of transferring money from an old employer's plan to a new employer's plan" -- a process known as auto portability.