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A "Gettysburg Address" on pension promises

A "Gettysburg Address" on pension promises

Last week, I spoke to an auditorium full of economics and public policy students at Gettysburg College, as part of the Economics Department’s Finance Symposium. More...

President Obama calls for new consumer protections

A common-sense update

At a briefing hosted by AARP yesterday, I had the privilege of watching President Obama announce his support for a proposed rule to put a brake on conflicts of interest in investment advice for retirement acco More...

High marks for retirement plans

High marks for retirement plans

This week, President Obama unveiled his economic fixes for the middle-class. Among them was a proposal for Automatic IRAs, which he has championed since the Administration’s early days. More...

The Case of the Deleted Social Security Data: Why It is Bad for Workers and Retirees

The Case of the Deleted Social Security Data: Why It is Bad for Workers and Reti

In their 2014 report on the finances of Social Security, the trustees of the system deleted key information on the replacement rates of Social Security. What’s the harm in that, right? More...

Dancing through retirement

Dancing through retirement

I was struck by a recent Wall Street Journal article about a new craze overtaking China: retirees all across the country are “getting down,” having dance parties in parks, courtyards, and other public spaces in order to have fun and stay in shape. More...

Corporate titans campaign to increase workers’ pay and pensions

Corporate titans campaign to increase workers’ pay and pensions

April 1, 2014 – Many of the country’s highest-paid CEOs have decided to give up their exorbitant compensation packages to pay their workers better wages and higher pensions. This announcement comes as part of the “Corporations are Really Good People Campaign.”  More...

March: Women's History Month -- and the Winter of Our Retirement Discontent

March: Women's History Month -- and the Winter of Our Retirement Discontent

I typically associate the month of March with the taming of the winter just about now, when spring flowers begin to sprout, and we look forward to new beginnings. However, the month is also “Women’s History Month” – a time to celebrate women’s accomplishments in this country so that can appreciate and understand where women have made progress – and where we continue to lag, even in 2014. More...

Detroit: Protecting Pensioners is Key to the City

Detroit: Protecting Pensioners is Key to the City

In one remarkable week in January, we saw the introduction of three proposals to expand retirement savings for the half of the workforce not covered by employer-sponsored plans: President Obama’s < More...

A big week in retirement security

A big week in retirement security

Each year the State of the Union address allows the President to have a conversation with the American people while outlining his priorities for the coming year. More...

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