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Innumerable studies over the past decade have shown that many people lack the basic knowledge of the Social Security system necessary for making informed decisions about when to retire and claim benefits, a decision which will impact their savings and their overall financial security. Accordingly, More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
We examined financial literacy among the young using the most recent wave of the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. We showed that financial literacy is low; fewer than one-third of young adults possess basic knowledge of interest rates, inflation, and risk diversification. Financial More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Increasingly, individuals are in charge of their own financial security and are confronted with ever more complex financial instruments. However, there is evidence that many individuals are not well-equipped to make sound saving decisions. This paper demonstrates widespread financial illiteracy More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Many older US households have done little or no planning for retirement, and there is a substantial population that seems to undersave for retirement. Of particular concern is the relative position of older women, who are more vulnerable to old-age poverty due to their longer longevity. This paper More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Article Journal Peer-reviewed
Date: 3/27/2012
Individuals are increasingly in charge of their own financial security after retirement. But how well-equipped are individuals to make saving decisions; do they possess adequate financial literacy, are they informed about the most important components of saving plans, do they even plan for More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
We compare wealth holdings across two cohorts of the Health and Retirement Study: the early Baby Boomers in 2004, and individuals in the same age group in 1992. Levels and patterns of total net worth have changed relatively little over time, though Boomers rely more on housing equity than their More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Article Journal Peer-reviewed
Date: 3/27/2012
This study surveyed thousands of Americans about their knowledge of retirement planning in general and Social Security in particular. It found that most Americans feel ill prepared for retirement and have a very low level of understanding of how the Social Security system works, when they should More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Brief
Date: 3/27/2012
An on-line survey of K-12 teachers was conducted to determine teachers’ background and capacity to teach personal finance. Results indicate that while teachers recognize the importance of teaching personal finance, few have had formal preparation for teaching this subject matter; also, the teaching More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: The project will develop, implement, and evaluate a pilot program to encourage the use of the Saver's Credit among clients of a large scale VITA site during the 2011 tax season. The pilot program will be developed by a coalition including Center for Economic Progress, Abt Associates, and More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Brief Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
The decision of when to claim Social Security benefits has significant implications for households’ retirement income security. In recent years, claiming decisions have become more complex due to the increased number of two-earner couples and changes in Social Security law designed to improve work More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012