Aging Gracefully: Ideas to Improve Retirement Security in America

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Aging Gracefully gathers a collection of essays that highlight policy ideas for promoting greater retirement savings among Americans. The essays were written as part of the Retirement Security Project, which is dedicated to promoting common sense solutions to improve the retirement income prospects of millions of American workers. The project is supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts, in partnership with Georgetown University's Public Policy ...

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Overview

Aging Gracefully gathers a collection of essays that highlight policy ideas for promoting greater retirement savings among Americans. The essays were written as part of the Retirement Security Project, which is dedicated to promoting common sense solutions to improve the retirement income prospects of millions of American workers. The project is supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts, in partnership with Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute and the Brookings Institution.

The essays included in this volume address issues such as:

How an "automatic 401(k)" would encourage greater savings.

How better structured 401(k) investments can reduce risks and increase growth.

What impact the preferential tax treatment given IRAs and 401(k) plans has on low-income families.

How IRA-contribution matching by employers can encourage low- and middle-income families to save more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870784996
  • Publisher: The Century Foundation
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter R. Orszag is director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under President Obama. His previous positions include director of the Congressional Budget Office and Joseph A. Pechman Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. He is also a research professor at Georgetown University and a codirector of the Tax Policy Center. He served as special assistant to the president for economic policy during the Clinton administration. J. Mark Iwry is senior adviser to the Retirement Security Project and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. William G. Gale is a vice president and director of the Brookings Institution's Economic Studies program, where he holds the Arjay and Frances Fearing Miller Chair in Federal Economic Policy. He is also founding codirector of the Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : common sense reforms to promote retirement security 1
2 The automatic 401(K) : a simple way to strengthen retirement savings 19
3 Automatic investment : improving 401(K) portfolio investment choices 33
4 Pursuing universal retirement security through automatic IRAs 45
5 The saver's credit : expanding retirement savings for middle- and lower-income Americans 77
6 Protecting low-income families' savings : how retirement accounts are treated in means-tested programs and steps to remove barriers to retirement saving 99
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