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General Statistics, Surveys, and Reports on Retirement Policy

Retirement Security 2015: Roadmap for Policy Makers | Americans’ Views of the Retirement Crisis

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A new nationwide public opinion research report finds that an overwhelming majority of Americans – 86 percent – believe the nation faces a retirement crisis. These findings are contained in a new research report...

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Social Security Primer

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The Social Security program began in the 1930s and has been modified by Congress many times over the years. Today, Social Security provides monthly cash benefits to retired or disabled workers and their family members, and to the family members of deceased workers.

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The Distribution of Major Tax Expenditures in the Individual Income Tax System

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This report examines how 10 of the largest tax expenditures in the individual income tax system in 2013 are distributed among households with different amounts of income.

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Better Agency Coordination Could Help Small Employers Address Challenges to Plan Sponsorship

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Based on available data, about 14 percent of small employers sponsor some type of retirement plan.

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Retirement Income: Ensuring Income throughout Retirement Requires Difficult Choices

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As life expectancy increases, the risk that retirees will outlive their assets is a growing challenge. The shift from defined benefit (DB) pension plans to defined contribution (DC) plans also increases the responsibility for workers and retirees to make difficult decisions and manage their pension and other financial assets so that they have income throughout retirement.

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Retirement Income: Challenges for Ensuring Income throughout Retirement

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GAO was asked to examine (1) options retirees have for drawing on financial assets to replace preretirement income and options retirees choose, and (2) how pensions, annuities and other retirement savings vehicles are regulated.

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Veterans’ Benefits: Pension Benefit Programs

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers several pension programs for veterans and their surviving spouses and dependent children.

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Is Pension Inequality Growing?

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This brief documents and explores trends in pension participation by income.

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Pension Coverage and Retirement Security

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At any given moment in time, only about half of private sector workers are covered by any sort of employer-sponsored plan. This lack of coverage has two implications.

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Private Pension Plan Bulletin: Abstract of 2007 Form 5500 Annual Reports

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This report, published annually, provides basic statistical data on the types of retirement plans offered, how many people participated in each type of plan, and the amount of assets in each type.

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