December 16, 2015

The Number of Americans without Retirement Savings

We all know America is facing a retirement crisis. We’ve talked about it on this blog and Americans express their worries in opinion polls. Experts tell us that Americans are not saving enough for retirement. Now it’s time to take …

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December 14, 2015

Spotlight on: Guam

When you think about public pensions, do you think about Guam? If the answer is no… well, I’m assuming everyone’s answer was no, so you’re not alone. The U.S. Territory of Guam does have something valuable to say about public …

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December 11, 2015

Pensions as Economic Stimulus

Earlier this week, I wrote about the economic efficiency of pensions in providing retirement income to individual workers. Defined benefit pensions have many advantages that make them more cost efficient than 401(k)s. Beyond the advantages for the individual saving for …

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December 9, 2015

The Economic Efficiency of Pensions

Late last year, the National Institute on Retirement Security re-released a report on the economic efficiency of defined benefit pensions. This updated report, titled “Still a Better Bang for the Buck”, finds that pensions remain a more efficient and reliable …

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December 8, 2015

African-Americans and Retirement Security

Due in large part to low levels of wealth, black households are much less likely than their white counterparts to have substantial retirement savings. And while black wealth has fallen in recent years, access to well-funded defined benefit pension plans …

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December 4, 2015

Retiring Without Social Security

Most Americans count on Social Security as a significant piece of their retirement plan. For some, it will be a nice supplement to their pension or their personal savings; for others, it will be their entire retirement benefit. The nation …

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