Even if you don't work for them any longer, your old employers want you to leave something behind: your retirement money.

That's according to a report from The Wall Street Journal, which finds that employers are increasingly competing for custody of former employees' retirement accounts.

They're actively pursuing those dollars as a means of keeping their own plan costs down—both by enlarging the money pool on which they negotiate fees, and by forestalling a sudden drain of funds from exiting older workers that could undermine their negotiating leverage on those fees.

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