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After the Storm, the Little Nest Eggs That Couldn’t

New York Times
Date Published: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

In many ways, things are looking up for America’s economy. After several years of roller-coaster-ish volatility, the Dow Jones industrial average has climbed to its highest level since the 2008 financial crisis. Economic growth, though not robust, has been gathering steam, and the unemployment rate has been inching downward, although fitfully. While economic experts voice guarded optimism about the overall picture, many experts are highly pessimistic about the part of the tableau involving retirement — specifically how well (or not well) Americans are preparing for it.