WASHINGTON - With 47% of 401(k) plans now using automatic enrollment, the programs have helped get millions of new workers enrolled to start saving early for retirement, but industry experts say the automatic nature of these plans needs to extend to helping "hands-off" investors when they change jobs.

When an employee leaves a job, he or she can choose to roll over their money into an individual retirement account (IRA), take a lump-sum payment minus taxes and a 10% penalty, or do nothing and leave their money in the 401(k). Sir Isaac Newton would predict the latter.

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