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Editor: Eric C. Chaffee
Univ. of Toledo College of Law

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

FINRA Releases Results of Study of Automatic Enrollment in 401(k) Plans

FINRA announced that a new study of employer-sponsored retirement plans shows that employees are nearly unanimous in their support of being automatically enrolled in their companies' 401(k) plans.  The study was conducted by Harris Interactive┬« on behalf of Retirement Made Simpler (RMS), a coalition formed by AARP, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the Retirement Security Project (RSP) to improve the way Americans save for retirement.

The Retirement Made Simpler study found that 98 percent of U.S. adults currently enrolled in an automatic 401(k) plan agree they are glad their companies offer this savings vehicle, with nearly four in five (79 percent) of them expressing strong agreement. In addition, of those who were automatically enrolled, only seven percent opted-out of the plan. The study also found that 95 percent of adults in automatic 401(k) plans agree that automatic enrollment has made saving for retirement easy and 85 percent agree that it has helped them start saving for retirement earlier than they had planned.

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