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Facilitating participant
roll-ins allows for a realistic
view of retirement savings
W
hy should plan sponsors care about roll-ins to their retirement
plan? Account consolidation gives them, and their
participants, a better picture of overall retirement savings
and readiness, among other benefits. " We have a very mobile employee
population in this country, where people jump from job to job, " says
Jana Steele, senior vice president and defined contribution (DC) consultant
at Callan LLC in San Francisco. " So if you want to facilitate retirement
readiness, how can you help people to consolidate their balances? "
Empower offers a roll-in services program that proactively contacts
employees and handles much of the roll-in work; as a result, participants
rolled about $5 billion into their current employer's plan at Empower
last year. The roll-in outreach, " hands down, is our service that participants
rate highest, " says Carol Waddell, senior vice president and head
of Empower's retirement solutions group, in Denver.
" When people consolidate their assets into their current employer's
plan, it improves their projected retirement income, " she says. There are
benefits of roll-ins, not only to individual employees but to the plan and
sponsor too, she says. " For the plan sponsors that use our roll-in service,
they see plan assets rise by 6% on average, and that may help reduce
plan costs. "
Why Participants and Sponsors Hesitate
Even though the vast majority of plans now allow the option, few participants
starting a new job actually roll in their balance from their previous
employer's plan, says Rob Austin, director of research at Alight Solutions
in Charlotte, North Carolina. " It's the toughest thing to do, among the
options people have at that point, " he says. Those participants can more
easily cash out that balance, keep the money in the previous employer's
plan, or do a rollover into an individual retirement account (IRA).
" People think, 'If I do a roll-in, I have to fill out all the paperwork myself,
and I have to make sure I'm doing the right thing,' " he says.
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Asset Consolidation
2019 Plan Sponsor of the Year Finalists
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