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Auto Portability - Recent Developments
Find the most-recent auto portability media coverage and developments.
Pensions & Investments Washington, DC reporter Brian Croce covers the 10/28/21 hearing by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. In his analysis, Croce mentions testimony provided by RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams on auto portability, as well as the support expressed for the feature by Ranking Member Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). Croce writes that Scott also used the hearing to announce the release of a report by his office expressing support for auto portability and other policies.
On 10/28/21 Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Ranking Member of the U.S. Special Committee on Aging, released a report entitled The American Dream in our Golden Years: Improving Retirement Security and Building Independence, which addressed the issues, challenges and "solutions for the future to help millions of Americans save for retirement and enjoy their golden years." Scott's paper singled out auto portability as one of those solutions, having "opened the door for millions of Americans to start setting money aside for retirement."
In Wealth Management, noted freelance writer Ed McCarthy examines retirement industry developments he believes are worth monitoring, and notes the 9/21/21 news that Vanguard is "teaming up with Retirement Clearinghouse for auto-portability of small balance 401(k) accounts." McCarthy goes on to cite relevant research into cashout leakage, including Vanguard's own How America Saves 2021, and refers readers to an RCH Auto Portability infographic. With Vanguard's announcement coming on the heels of the 2020 announcement from Alight Solutions, McCarthy states that "the Auto Portability program’s potential reach will extend considerably."
Writing in MarketWatch, Alicia Munnell, Director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College celebrates the news that Vanguard will offer RCH Auto Portability to their plan sponsor clients and participants, stating: "[t]his is a win for Vanguard and its customers, for Retirement Clearinghouse, which has been working on this project for many years, and for the retirement system as a whole" -- adding "[t]his initiative should dramatically reduce leakages and increase 401(k) balances." An astute observer of trends in the retirement sector, Munnell recounts the history of auto portability, from inception to regulatory approvals to its present state, where recordkeepers are now confidently adopting the financial technology. Munnell closes her piece writing: "it is lovely to see a win for the 401(k) system."
Writing for 401kTV.com, Steff Chalk, Executive Director of The Retirement Advisor University (TRAU), notes the recent 9/21/21 announcement by Vanguard and states that "[a]uto portability is gaining ground because of its benefits — the ability to proactively impact cash-out leakage, missing participants and abandoned 401(k) accounts. While the Vanguard/RCH auto portability solution is relatively new, it has the potential to help move the industry forward while simplifying plan administration and improving compliance."
RIABiz's Lisa Shidler conducts an in-depth examination of the important ramifications of the Vanguard Group's 9/21/21 announcement that it will offer the RCH auto portability solution to its clients and their participants. Shidler reaches out to a host of industry experts for their views, which are uniformly supportive of auto portability, and states that other recordkeepers, such as Fidelity "may yet see the wisdom" in adopting the feature. Shidler also extensively quotes RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams for the piece.
The Editorial Staff of the Retirement Income Journal reports on the 9/21/21 announcement by Vanguard that it will offer the RCH Auto Portability solution to its plan sponsor clients and their participants, targeting the mid-2022 timeframe. The article describes key elements of the announcement, and echoes remarks by RCH President & CEO Spencer Williams by stating that "[t]he deal with Vanguard marks a great leap forward."
InvestmentNews correspondent Emile Hallez reports on a retirement study published on 9/21/21 by the Brookings Institution, examining the problem of small accounts. While the paper examined a myriad of potential policy solutions to the problem, it acknowledged "private-sector" efforts by Retirement Clearinghouse to implement auto portability. On the same day the Brookings' paper was released, Hallez also notes the announcement by Vanguard that it will offer RCH Auto Portability, the private sector solution, and joining Alight Solutions.