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Target date funds are often available through 401(k) plans. Some 401(k) plans use these funds as the default investment for plan participants who have not selected their investments under the plan. Both before and after investing in a target date fund, consider carefully whether the fund is right More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Brochure
Date: 2/22/2013
Over the last several decades, there has been a well-documented trend away from defined benefit plans toward defined contribution plans, in which an employee's retirement income depends on contributions to the plan along with the investment earnings on those contributions. Current workers More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Peer-reviewed Journal
Tags: financial literacy, psychosocial factors, financial competency, retirement security
Date: 3/1/2013
Women face many challenges in saving for retirement. This website highlights some of those issues and provides tips to get started. The site is presented in English and Spanish. More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Website
Date: 3/28/2012
Two competing explanations for why consumers have trouble with financial decisions are gaining momentum. One is that people are financially illiterate since they lack understanding of simple economic concepts and cannot carry out computations such as computing compound interest, which could cause More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 10/1/2010
This paper uses data from the Health and Retirement Study to explore the mechanism that underlies the robust relation found in the literature between cognitive ability, and in particular numeracy, and wealth, income constant. We have a number of findings. First, the more valuable the pension, the More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 9/1/2010
This paper analyzes new data on financial literacy and financial sophistication from the 2008 Health and Retirement Study. We show that financial literacy is lacking among older individuals and for the first time explore additional questions on financial sophistication which proves even scarcer. More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 9/1/2009