Private Pensions

Being in Control of Your Retirement Plan Is a Bad Idea

It sounds great, to be in control of your retirement plan. To make the investments you want to make when you want to make them. To be in control of a plan that has the flexibility to meet your particular retirement needs. And Americans now have more choice than they’ve ever had with their retirement […]

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 […]

The Recession Hurt Americans’ Retirement Accounts More Than Anybody Knew

The morbid joke about the Great Recession was that it turned Americans’ 401(k)s into 201(k)s. Indeed, the nation’s 401(k)s and IRAs lost about $2.4 trillion in the final two quarters of 2008, and the average loss that year for workers who had been on the job for 20 years was, according to one estimate, about […]

Clearing a Path for State-based Retirement Plans

What’s the number one way that workers save for retirement? Job-based 401(k) plans, which provide a vehicle for workers to put aside pre-tax dollars that are often matched by their employers. About one-third of American workers lack access to a retirement plan at work. While workers without access to a workplace plan can save on […]