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General Statistics, Surveys, and Reports on Retirement Policy

Private Pension Plan Bulletin Historical Tables and Graphs

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This report 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 from 1975 through 2007.

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Pension Sponsorship and Participation: Summary of Recent Trends

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Every month, the Census Bureau conducts the Current Population Survey (CPS) among a nationally representative sample of approximately 97,000 households, primarily for the purpose of estimating the rates of employment and unemployment.

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Pension Insurance Data Book 2008

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The PBGC has published the Pension Insurance Data Book annually since 1996 to present detailed statistics on PBGC program operations and benefit protections.

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Private Pensions: Alternative Approaches Could Address Retirement Risks Faced by Workers but Pose Trade-offs

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This report addresses the following questions: (1) What are key risks faced by U.S. workers in accumulating and preserving pension benefits? (2) What approaches are used in other countries that could address these risks and what trade-offs do they present? (3) What approaches do key proposals for alternative plan designs in the U.S.

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Taken for a Ride Greater Risk Exposure Threatens Retirees' Income Security

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Retirement savings have become increasingly individualized, meaning that retirees have had to manage several economic risks increasingly on their own.

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Retirement Savings and Household Wealth in 2007

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Once every three years, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System collects data on household assets and liabilities through the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF). The most recent such survey was conducted in 2007, and the survey results were released to the public in February 2009.

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Retirement Plan Participation and Contributions: Trends from 1998 to 2006

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The U.S. Census Bureau periodically collects information from individuals about their participation in employer-sponsored retirement plans. The most recent such survey was conducted from February through May of 2006. After extensive review and editing by the Census Bureau, the survey data files were released to the public in November 2008.

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Pension Issues: Lump-Sum Distributions and Retirement Income Security

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According to data collected by the Census Bureau in 2006, 16.2 million people had up to that time received at least one lump-sum distribution from a retirement plan at some point in their lives. Lump-sum distributions that are spent rather than saved can reduce future retirement income.

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Private Pension Plan Bulletin: Abstract of 2006 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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Pension Insurance Data Book 2007

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PBGC has published the Pension Insurance Data Book annually since 1996 to present detailed statistics on PBGC program operations and benefit protections. This edition of the Pension Insurance Data Book contains one short article that describes the characteristics of PBGC-insured plans that completed a standard termination during Fiscal Year 2007.

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