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Why you have nothing to fear about government being in the retirement plan business

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As a retirement plan provider, competition is a big thing and the last thing you want is a competitor with unlimited pockets. So you’d be fearing state government being in the auto-IRA business and then eventually, the multiple employer plan business.

I have been saying for quite some time, that plan providers have nothing to fear and a survey just proved my point. While most small-business owners love the idea of offering auto-IRAs to their employees, most oppose the plans being sponsored and administered by the state or federal government. The survey conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts, a nonpartisan think tank.

The survey questioned 1,639 employers with between 5 and 250 employees, 59% of employers somewhat support and 27% strongly support the concept of an auto-IRA. But 36% strongly oppose, and 20% somewhat oppose, auto-IRAs being sponsored by state governments. When it comes to federal government, 44% strongly oppose and 15% somewhat oppose.

Employers don’t mind auto-IRAs that may they may be mandated to offer, they don’t want government to be in that business because people tend to have a strong libertarian bent when it comes to money issues.

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