When I'm Sixty-Four: The Plot against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them

By Teresa Ghilarducci | Go to book overview
Contents
Introduction1
Part I The Attack on Retirement
Chapter 1 Hope for Retirement's Future7
Principles for a Pension Rescue Plan8
The Successes of the U.S. Retirement System10
Three Beliefs That Threaten the Pension System17
Individual Retirement Accounts: Current Reform Ideas Fall Short of a Vision to Successfully Preserve Retirement23
Conclusion: Retirement's Future25
Chapter 2 The Collapse of Retirement Income26
What People Need in Retirement26
What People Think They Know: Retirement Income Expectations28
Predictions of Retirement Readiness30
The Five Parts of a Retirement Wealth Portfolio: Four Are Failing32
Distribution of Retirement Income and Distribution of Retirement Readiness42
Women Face Special Pension Circumstances44
Pension Futures for Workers with Moderate Incomes53
Conclusion: Failures of the Current U.S. Retirement Income Security System56
Chapter 3 When Bad Things Happen to Good Pensions—Promises Get Broken58
Defined Benefit Pensions and the Road to a Middle-Class Retirement59
Diminished Defined Benefit Plans60
The Paradox of Overall Pension Stagnation66

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