Forty-two percent don’t even know it is possible to keep assets in a plan once one leaves an employer.
The GAO interviewed retirement plan stakeholders and found several ways to stem the tide of funds leaving 401(k)s and IRAs.
Because people are living longer, healthier lives, the Wells Fargo Investment Institute has suggested different ways that Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers can successfully save for retirement.
The average 401(k) balance reached an all-time high of $106,500 in the third quarter, and the average 403(b) balance is nearly double what it was a decade ago, according to Fidelity Investments.
Both traditional and Roth IRAs serve Americans of all ages.
The percentage of employers that default participants at a 6% deferral rate or higher more than doubled in the past decade to 19%, an analysis from Fidelity finds.
Together, they supply 40% of retirees’ income.
Average individual 401(k), 403(b) and IRA account balances increased year-over-year, according to the latest cut of data from Fidelity’s book of retirement business, but the average dipped slightly from Q4 2017, reflecting market volatility and the fact that new small-balance savers entered the fold.
That is followed by not saving for an emergency, and taking on too much credit card and too much student loan debt.
Fifty-one percent are not actively contributing to a 401(k) plan, Edward Jones found in a survey.
Many participants do not know about the credit, the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies found.
They like the tax advantages, investment opportunities and investor control that 401(k)s and other DC plans offer them, ICI finds.
Participants in 401(k), 403(b) or other defined contribution (DC) plans can compare administration and individual mutual fund fees to fees in an individual retirement account (IRA).
After being educated about the option, only 13% of employees said they would likely opt out of an auto-IRA run by their state.
A J.P. Morgan analysis points out one relatively unknown strategy that may help investors respond to big changes in the tax treatment of their savings: Proactive traditional-to-Roth conversions during lower income retirement years.
Research findings show Social Security benefits and retirement income from employer-sponsored retirement plans, annuities, and IRAs together provide substantial income for U.S. retirees.