Most Americans are not saving enough for retirement. The Retirement Security Project found that more than half of all U.S. households had zero savings in an employer-based 401(k)-type plan or tax-preferred savings plan account—and the median savings for those who did hold such accounts was only $34,000.
From 2004 to 2010, Pew worked in partnership with Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute and the Brookings Institution on the Retirement Security Project, dedicated to promoting common-sense solutions that will improve the retirement income prospects of millions of American workers. The project promoted best practices for retirement savings, such as having employees "opt out" of 401(k) plans rather than "opting in." In addition, the project published policy and legislative analyses, original research, and working and discussion papers. Project staff have presented testimony to Congress.
The Retirement Security Project also hosted public forums on retirement security and conducted outreach and communication on the topic. These efforts promoted better retirement savings practices and policies as well as keeping the public informed about important new developments.
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Auto-IRA: Statement by Jim O'Hara, Managing Director Policy Initiatives and the Health and Human Services Program
The following statement is in response to the introduction of federal legislation to promote retirement savings through "Automatic Individual Retirement Accounts," which would facilitate saving by those workers whose employers do not offer retirement plans. In 2005, The Pew Charitable Trusts established The Retirement Security Project in partnership with Georgetown University's Public Policy... Read More