Depending on how exactly one defines the term, estimates of 'leakage' from defined contribution retirement plans vary considerably.
The IRS has issued two modified safe harbor explanations which take into consideration changes related to qualified plan loan offsets and other statutory changes.
Fidelity finds that since 2008, the average savings rate among employees automatically enrolled has risen from 4% to 6.7%, and 63% of automatically enrolled participants in the past 10 years have increased their savings rate.
A TIAA study finds the feature's benefit are continuously offset by pre-retirement withdrawals and plan loans.
Two experienced ERISA attorneys at Drinker, Biddle and Reath warn against the idea of participants seeking a hardship withdrawal for the purpose of paying down student loan debt; requesting a hardship withdrawal for upcoming tuition expenses is another matter entirely.
“Because the Department of Labor views plan loans as investments, they should be treated with the same level of care and scrutiny as any other investment,” says Rob Reiskytl, a partner in retirement consulting division of Aon in Minneapolis.
The lawsuit claims the university failed to adequately benchmark fees, negotiate for better fees, or reveal true fees participants were paying.
The lawsuit brought by a participant in a Washington University retirement plan challenges TIAA's use of collateral in its loan process and the provider's retention of some interest on the collateral.
Several provisions of the two-year budget bill affect retirement plans.