Data about retirement plan participant loans and hardship withdrawals supports the need for better financial wellness programs, especially for Millennials and Gen Xers.
Reports of overall retirement plan participation can misrepresent the retirement preparedness of American workers, according to ICI, because data shows more employees participate as they earn more and get older.
Forty-two percent of those between the ages of 35 and 65 who left a job where they had money in a 401(k) plan were unaware that they could have left the money in the plan, and 28% didn’t know that some retirement distribution choices trigger tax liabilities and penalties, a survey found.
Following rule changes plan sponsors still have discretion over limiting the amount of hardship withdrawals and participants can continue to save, and Fidelity recommends helping participants establish emergency savings.
Defined contribution plan participants are unlikely to feel confidence about retiring when they receive no retirement income projections and no help defining discretionary versus required expenses.
Despite market volatility, few participants in defined contribution (DC) plans served by Vanguard made one or more portfolio trades during the year, and 96% of all assets available for distribution due to a separation of service were preserved in a retirement savings account.
Originally conceived as a supplementary savings vehicle to complement pensions, 401(k) plans now form the core of many American’s hopes and expectations for the long-term financial future.
A report from NARPP shows participant engagement with retirement plan providers is declining and reveals what participants say could improve their trust in providers.
A company match contribution or bigger company match, more education and access to financial advice are among incentives for savings identified in a Natixis survey.
However, it was a slow trading month, according to the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index.
The majority of retirement plan participants surveyed said they have knowledge about their retirement plan and fees, but while the majority also said they know they need to save at least 10% of their salary, many are not doing so.
While a majority cite credit card and student loan debt as obstacles to reaching financial goals, Millennial educators are paying attention to retirement savings.
Many participants see the match percentage as a suggestion for how much to save; the majority of participants support automatic plan features; and even participants who are hands-on with investing like TDFs, J.P. Morgan found.
It marked the second consecutive month of no above-normal trading, the first time this has occurred since May and June 2017.
Sixty-four percent of participants in their 20s own a TDF.
The OneAmerica survey examines other topics relating to participant financial wellness, including health care expenses and the use of health savings accounts as short- and long-term savings vehicles.
Alight Solutions found a nearly $100,000 difference in 401(k) savings between participants who had loans outstanding and those who did not.