“Leakage” From Retirement Savings Accounts Impair Employee Retirement Prospects and Employer Bottom Line. What to Do?

The gradual migration away from the traditional defined benefit pension plan and toward the new-normal of the defined contribution 401(k) plan is on its surface a paradigm shift that can only be good for corporate profits … right? Undoubtedly the offloading of the burdensome pension liability that employers previously shouldered to the ranks of employees is saving corporate employers big money in pension expense, but new data is suggesting that the new retirement-plan model is creating its[…]

Income, Worry, & One More Question

“Not having enough money for retirement” was the most common financial concern for Americans according to a report from Gallup. Approximately 60% of Americans were very/moderately worried about money for retirement, followed by “not being able to pay for medical costs of a serious illness/accident” (55% very/moderately worried), and then by “not being able to maintain the standard of living you enjoy” (46% very/moderately worried). Approximately 50% of Americans are “very” or “moderately” worried about three or[…]

Did you buy an $11 million Xbox last year?

A recent post by our friends at the Motley Fool refers to story told by America’s most famous investor, Warren Buffett, where he explains that if someone had invested just $40 in Coca-Cola stock when it went public in 1919, it would now be worth more than $5 million. The Fool Team updated the math and concluded that factoring in recent performance and events, the 2014 total value of that $40 investment would be nearly[…]

Do Social Security Benefit Statements Affect Worker Behavior?

Beginning in 1995 and then more broadly in 2000, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began mailing hard copy statements of estimated benefits to workers (the “Statements”; see the the SSA website). Included in the Statements were available disability insurance (DI) benefits and estimated monthly benefits at certain retirement ages, along with other information. The SSA stopped sending the Statements in 2011 for budget reasons but restarted the program in 2014. How did the Statements affect worker[…]