A Tale of Two Retirements

This report, co-published by the Institute for Policy Studies and the Center for Effective Government, is the first to provide detailed statistics on the staggering gap between the retirement assets of Fortune 500 CEOs and the rest of America. Key findings: The Top 100 The company-sponsored retirement assets of just 100 CEOs add up to […]

How Social Security penalizes working women

Most people think Social Security operates on a simple principle. While you work, you pay taxes. The more you pay, the fatter the checks you cash once your retire. But the system is much more complicated. And because of the way Social Security was set up in the 1930s, it doesn’t benefit everyone equally. The biggest winners are […]

When It Comes to Retirement Savings, Most Workers Are on Their Own

When a company sets a default contribution rate, most employees adhere to it—usually this has to do with the human tendency to stick with the status quo, but occasionally it’s because some employers match contributions made up to that default rate. So, the number a company chooses—even if it’s only 1 percentage point different from […]