Data & Research

Retirement Plan Participation Declines

Despite steady access to retirement plans, the number of working family heads that participated in their employer’s retirement plan dropped more than 2 percentage points from 2001 through 2004, to 46.1%.

A Valentine’s Day Primer

Regardless of your relationship status, Valentine’s Day is coming – and for those of you in some kind of committed relationship (or wanting to be), here are some handy insights to get you ready for the day:

Start Early, Save Much for Savings Success

Apparently, the conventional wisdom is right: the earlier you start saving, the more you save and the more generous market return you enjoy, the larger nest egg you will end up with, according to a recent Congressional Research Service (CRS) report.

Workers Plan to “Downshift″ Into Retirement

Retirement for many Americans these days is not a matter of suddenly exchanging employment for a quiet life of leisure; instead, a majority of Americans age 40-69 expect employment will be a big part of their early retirement years, and that could lead to a change in approach for financial advisers offering retirement planning services.

Admired Companies Love NQ Plans

Nearly all (92%) of the 276 US companies described as “most admired″ offer a non-qualified plan in their executive benefit package, according to a study by the Todd Organization.

Participants in Tax-Exempt Market Accumulate Less Savings than Corporate Peers

Tax-exempt sector employees, those in the higher education, health care, government, foundations, and faith-based organization sectors, have saved an average of $48,000 in their defined contribution (DC) plans, 23% less than the average $62,000 saved by their corporate sector peers, according to a news release from Fidelity Employer Services Company (FESCO).