A significant factor in helping your 401k plan participants achieve retirement readiness is protecting them from themselves. In other words, helping participants avoid making bad decisions. An important component of that process is minimizing the loss of participant account balances from loan defaults.
Also called leakage, defaulted loan balances are typically removed from participant retirement accounts forever. This account leakage can be reduced by a well-designed 401k loan program. A state-of-the-art 401k loan program has the following characteristics: