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Auto Enrollment works

One of my shortcomings is that I like to be right, I enjoy it when I see something years earlier, and it comes true. Usually, it would be a negative outcome for an organization that I was affiliated with.

As I said, when automatic enrollment was known as negative election and wasn’t part of the Internal Revenue Code, I was against it since the money was parked in money market accounts because of a lack of fiduciary protection for plan sponsors. That changed in 200 when negative election became automatic enrollment (better euphemism, it’s positive).

Despite what some co-workers thought, I thought automatic enrollment was a positive step to cover employees who may not have deferred on their own. According to a recent study, 74% of plan sponsors have automatic enrollment for their plan, as of 2021. Getting people to save through automatic enrollment increases savings and plan assets, and that’s a good thing.

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