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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
Tags: Behavioral economics, Financial literacy, financial education
Date: 10/1/2010
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
Tags: Financial literacy
Date: 9/1/2009
MyRA (My Retirement Account) is a program offering a new retirement savings account for individuals looking for a simple, safe, and affordable way to start saving. Savers will be able to open an account with as a little as $25 and contribute $5 or more every payday. MyRAs balances will never go More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Article
Tags: Savings, Retirement, Planning, Accounts
Date: 2/18/2014
If you are starting a new job, this publication provides tips to help you save for your long-term goals in addition to your short-term goals. If you start saving now, the money will have years to grow and you'll have a better chance of being able to do all the things you want to do in the future. More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Brochure
Tags: longevity risk, retirement risk, tax-deferred retirement account, ERISA, college seniors, new entrants
Date: 8/9/2013
A SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees of Small Employers) IRA plan offers advantages to small businesses with 100 or fewer employees and provides a simplified way to contribute toward retirement. This publication highlights the advantages of a SIMPLE IRA plan and how to set up and More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Brochure
Tags: SIMPLE-IRA, ERISA, tax qualification, small business, contributions, fiduciary, trustee
Date: 8/9/2013
Many workers don't realize how important it is to get an early start on saving for retirement. This Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration video provides information for workers about the importance of saving for retirement and how to get started. The video also has links to More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Video Website
Tags: longevity risk, retirement risk, tax-deferred retirement account, ERISA, mid-career, new entrants, new job, college seniors
Date: 8/9/2013
In consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and President Bush's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation commissioned the first national study of the financial capability of American adults in 2009. The overarching research objectives of the More information...
Audience: Individual Researcher
Type of Resource: Website
Date: 5/29/2013
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