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On the record: Baby boomers face a changing retirement landscape: a conversation with Anil Kumar

Many baby boom era workers, those born between 1946 and 1962, count on various retirement benefits accumulated during their working years to ensure adequate resources as they grow older. A man turning 65 today can expect to live to age 83; a woman to age 85, according to Social Security Administration data. One in 10 will live past age 95. Dallas Fed economist Anil Kumar discusses the retirement outlook for baby boomers and growth of 401(k)-type retirement accounts.
Southwest Economy , Issue Q4 , Pages 8-9

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Historic labor day

FRBSF Economic Letter

Journal Article
Pension accounting and reported earnings

FRBSF Economic Letter

Conference Paper
Public policies and private pension contributions


Journal Article
Can we count on private pensions?

The characteristics, problems, and safety of private pension plans are discussed, with an examination of reforms introduced by passage of the Pension Reform Act of 1974 and creation of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
Economic Commentary , Issue Feb

Working Paper
Do pension plans with participant investment choice teach households to hold more equity?

Some retirement plans allow the participant to choose how funds are invested. Having to direct investments may provide the participant with financial education. This paper finds that households covered by pension plans in which the employee chooses investments are significantly more apt to hold stock outside of their retirement plan than are households with pension plans offering no such choice. The effect of investment choice upon non-pension asset allocation cannot be explained by portfolio rebalancing or differences in income and saving preferences across households. This provides some ...
Finance and Economics Discussion Series , Paper 1999-61

Working Paper
Do households have enough wealth for retirement?

Dramatic structural changes in the U.S. pension system, along with the impending wave of retiring baby boomers, have given rise to a broad policy discussion of the adequacy of household retirement wealth. We construct a uniquely comprehensive measure of wealth for households aged 51 and older in 2004 that includes expected wealth from Social Security, defined benefit pensions, life insurance, annuities, welfare payments, and future labor earnings. Abstracting from the uncertainty surrounding asset returns, length of life and medical expenses, we assess the adequacy of wealth using two ...
Finance and Economics Discussion Series , Paper 2007-17

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Pensions, social security, and the distribution of wealth

This paper uses the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) to examine pension coverage, estimate Social Security and pension wealth for U.S. households in 1989 and 1992, and estimate the effects of pension wealth on non-pension net worth. As expected, the SCF data show that including pensions and Social Security in net worth makes the distribution more even. The analysis of the effects of pension wealth on other types of savings indicates that there is a negative effect of defined benefit plan coverage on non-pension net worth. Surprisingly, the effect of defined contribution plans, such as 401(k) ...
Finance and Economics Discussion Series , Paper 1997-55

Working Paper
Financial accounting for pensions: measures of funding status

Finance and Economics Discussion Series , Paper 145

Working Paper
Workers' knowledge of their pension coverage: a reevaluation

Because employer-provided pensions represent an important source of income during retirement, accurate information on pension coverage would seem to be crucial for making sound decisions on retirement timing, saving, and portfolio allocation. However, previous research suggests that workers' knowledge of their pension provisions is often incomplete or incorrect. This paper reexamines workers' knowledge of their pension coverage, using matched employer-employee data from the Federal Reserve Board's Survey of Consumer Finances. We find that, while most workers in our sample accurately reported ...
Finance and Economics Discussion Series , Paper 1999-05



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