Retirement Research Reports

2018 US Country Report

A Retirement Security Retrospective: 2007 Versus 2017

The Great Recession officially lasted from December 2007 to June 20091 but its after effects continue to linger today. Questions continue to be asked about the status of the recovery among employers and workers. How has retirement security changed? What are areas in need of improvement? TCRS prepared this report based on findings from its annual retirement survey of workers and employers to help answer these questions.

Striking Similarities and Disconcerting Disconnects: Employers, Workers, and Retirement Security

As part of its 18th Annual Retirement Survey, TCRS surveyed 1,825 employers of for-profit companies with five or more employees to learn how they are helping their employees prepare for retirement. The study also provides context by comparing the employer survey findings with TCRS’ survey of 6,372 workers.

A Compendium of Findings About American Workers - 18th Annual Survey (2017) - Full Survey Results

Complete results from the 18th Annual Survey. The worker report includes trend data and comparisons by company size, generation, gender, household income, educational attainment, and race/ethnicity, which are also available as separate reports..

The New Social Contract: A Blueprint for Retirement in the 21st Century

Here and Now: How Women Can Take Control of Their Retirement

In conjunction with National Women’s History Month which corresponds with International Women’s Day on, March 8, TCRS highlights findings from its 18th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey of Workers. TCRS has published research for more than a decade showing that women are at a greater risk of not achieving a financially secure retirement compared to men. This study covers research of more than 3,900 women workers in the U.S. and shines a light on their current retirement preparedness and outlook for their own retirement. With this study, TCRS aims to raise awareness of the retirement risks that women face and highlight opportunities where women can take greater control of their long-term financial security.


LGBT Retirement Preparations Infographics

Savers Credit

Almost two in three American workers are unaware of the Saver's Credit, according to the 18th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey. Learn more about this tax credit for eligible taxpayers who save for retirement in a 401(k), 403(b), or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan; or a traditional or Roth IRA.

LGBT: Retirement Preparations Amid Social Progress

Wishful Thinking or Within Reach? Three Generations Prepare for “Retirement”

The 18th annual survey of more than 6,000 workers across the country examines the retirement-related promises and pitfalls faced by Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. The survey finds workers are planning to live long lives with visions of a “retirement” that includes both work and personal interests – but with obstacles negatively impacting their ability to achieve success.

All About Retirement: An Employer Survey

As part of the 17th Annual Transameriica Retirement Survey of employers, this study reports on how employers perceive their employees' vision of retiring, the extent to which employers have business practices to support them, and the current state of retirement benefits offered. The survey findings reveal four opportunities in which employers can help improve retirement security among workers.

2017 Infographics

2017 Country Reports

Successful Retirement - Healthy Aging and Financial Security

Seventeen Facts About Women's Retirement Outlook

In conjunction with National Women’s History Month which corresponds with International Women’s Day on, March 8, TCRS highlights findings from its 17th Transamerica Retirement Survey of Workers. TCRS research finds that women have unique challenges - and opportunities - in preparing for retirement.


Savers Credit

Learn more about the Saver's Credit, an IRS tax credit for eligible taxpayers who save for retirement in a 401(k), 403(b), or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan; a traditional or Roth IRA; or a new myRA. TCRS research finds that only one in three workers are aware of the credit.

Retirement Preparations in a New Age of Self-Employment

A Compendium of Findings About American Workers - 17th Annual Survey (2016) - Full Survey Results

Complete results from the 17th Annual Survey. The worker report includes trend data and comparisons by company size, generation, gender, household income, educational attainment and ethnicity, which are also available as excerpts.

Perspectives on Retirement: Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials

The retirement landscape is ever-evolving. Societally, as the way that we live and work continues to change, we should expect widely held assumptions about retirement to change. Our research examines three generations currently represented in the workforce: Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. The landscape is now changing so rapidly that it is clear that their retirements will be different from their parents’ generation and from each other’s as well.

The Current State of 401(k)s - The Employer Perspective

TCRS' new research among employers offers an overview of retirement plan sponsorship rates, comparisons by company size, and includes worker insights. Coincident with the release of the new report, on behalf of TCRS and Transamerica Institute, Catherine Collinson has been invited to share the findings and other research before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging’s hearing titled, “Closing the Gap: Innovations to Promote Americans’ Retirement Security.”

2016 Country Reports

2016 Infographics

A Retirement Wake-Up Call

Sixteen Facts About Women's Retirement Outlook

TCRS has published research for more than a decade showing that women are at a greater risk of not achieving a financially secure retirement compared to men. This study, based on the 16th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey, covers research of more than 2,400 women workers in the U.S. and shines a light on their current retirement preparedness and outlook for their own retirement. With this study, TCRS aims to raise awareness of the retirement risks that women face and highlight opportunities where women can take greater control of their long-term financial security.

Savers Credit

Learn more about the Saver's Credit, an IRS tax credit for low- to moderate-income workers who save for retirement in a 401(k), 403(b), or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan; a traditional or Roth IRA; or a new myRA. TCRS research finds that only one in four who are potentially eligible are aware of the credit. 
 

Country-Specific Fact Sheets

Learn more about flexible retirement in the U.S. and 14 other countries around the world.

The New Flexible Retirement

The Current State of Retirement: Pre-Retiree Expectations and Retiree Realities

This new research examines the retirement outlook of age 50+ workers with the actual experiences of retirees

Homemakers Are Not Off the Hook: How Should They Be Planning for Retirement?

Infographics

A Compendium of Findings About American Workers

A Compendium of Findings About American Workers -- 16th Annual Survey (2015) - Full Survey Results
Complete results from the 16th Annual Survey.  The worker report includes trend data and comparisons by company size, generation, gender, household income, and educational attainment, which are also available as excerpts.
 

Social Security Turns 80

Social Security was enacted 80 years ago this August and serves as a foundation of American’s retirement security.However the U.S. retirement landscape has been evolving, with increases in life expectancies and shifting labor patterns, leading to the need for Social Security reform. The 16th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey examines workers’ attitudes and expectations around Social Security.

Inspiring a World of Habitual Savers - Aegon Retirement Readiness Survey 2015

2015 Country Reports

2015 Infographics

Retirement Throughout the Ages: Expectations and Preparations of American Workers

As part of the 16th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey, this report examines current expectations and preparations among American workers in their twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, and sixties and older.

A Compendium of Findings About American Employers -- 15th Annual Survey (2014) - Full Survey Results

Complete results from the 15th Annual Survey. The employer report includes five-year trend data and comparisons by company size.

Behavioral finance and pension decisions, by Lampros Romanos

An extensive literature review and a focused analysis on how framing effects, financial literacy, self-control and loss aversion affect pension decisions

Fifteen Facts About Women's Retirement Outlook

In celebration of International Women's Day, TCRS lays out 15 facts about women's retirement preparedness and outlook, and recommends seven steps to help improve it.

Savers Credit

WYPR ClearPath - Your Roadmap to Health & Wealth One-Hour Special "Health & Wealth for Millennials"

Baby Boomer Workers Are Revolutionizing Retirement: Are They and Their Employers Ready?

Infographics

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The Changing Face of Retirement -- Women: Balancing Family, Career and Financial Security

The Retirement Readiness Challenge: Five Ways Employers Can Improve Their 401(k)s

Congressional Testimony

Catherine Collinson was invited to testify to the results of “The Retirement Readiness Imperative: Overcoming the Challenges Faced by Small Companies” before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business at its hearing, “The Challenge of Retirement Savings for Small Employers.

Generation X Workers - The 401(k) Generation

Generation X workers are facing formidable uncertainties about their future retirement. This “401(k) Generation” joined the workforce as 401(k)s were being introduced, and many of them are saving for retirement through such plans.  However, the study reveals that current levels of savings may not be enough, and offers recommendations to help improve the retirement readiness outlook for Gen Xers.

Millennial Workers - An Emerging Generation of Super Savers

Millennial workers are engaged in retirement saving and planning, and appear to be an emerging generation of super savers. As part of the 15th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey, this report examines Millennials' attitudes and retirement readiness.

2014 Country Reports

2014 Infographics

The Changing Face of Retirement - The Aegon Retirement Readiness Survey 2014

A Compendium of Findings About American Workers -- 15th Annual Survey (2014) - Full Survey Results

Complete results from the 15th Annual Survey.  The worker report includes trend data and comparisons by company size, generation, gender, household income, educational attainment, and ethnicity/race, which are also available as excerpts.

The Retirement Readiness of Three Unique Generations

As part of the 15th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey, this report examines current trends among American workers and compares the retirement outlooks of Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials.

Fourteen Facts About Women's Retirement Outlook

Infographics

Fourteen Facts About Women's Retirement Outlook

In celebration of International Women's Day, TCRS highlights 14 facts about women's retirement outlook and seven steps to help improve it.

Spotlight on Saver's Credit

TCRS released survey results to help increase public awareness of the Saver's Credit, an important tax credit for low- to middle-income workers who save through a qualified retirement plan such as a 401(k), 403(b), or IRA.

Travel Effect - The Journey of Healthy Aging

This video reveals the findings that Americans both aspire to travel in their retirement and understand the critical role that travel plays in their lives for their personal well-being, both physical and mental.

Journey to Healthy Aging - Planning for Travel in Retirement

Infographics

Destination Healthy Aging

Global Coalition on Aging's new white paper is a meta-analysis of existing academic and social research, which for the first time links travel – and the activities associated with travel – with positive health outcomes.

The Changing Face of Retirement - The Young, Pragmatic and Penniless Generation

The Retirement Readiness Imperative: Overcoming the Challenges Faced by Small Companies

This report on small businesses, part of the 14th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey, examines retirement benefits offered by small companies (10-499 employees), assesses the retirement outlook of small-company workers, offers comparisons with large companies (500+ employees), and provides recommendations.

Dreaming About Retirement

A comparison of how men and women plan to spend their lives in retirement.

Repairing the Damaged Nest Egg: How to Improve the Retirement Outlook of the Unemployed & Underemployed

As part of its 14th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey, TCRS surveyed unemployed and underemployed workers and found that 62 percent of displaced workers are “not too” or “not at all” confident about their retirement prospects.  The report delves further into these groups and offers suggestions to help them improve their retirement readiness.

Unlocking Secrets of Retirement Readiness: Meet the Everyday People Who Are 'Power Planners'

The latest survey found that retirement confidence is on the rise, but that there are many Americans who remain unready for retirement.  However, the research also discovered five segments of 'Power Planners' who are on the road to retirement readiness and can serve as a source of inspiration for others.

14th Annual Survey (2013) - Full Survey Results

Complete results from the 14th Annual survey.  The worker report includes trend data and comparisons by age, gender, generation, household income, and participation in a retirement plan.  The employer report includes trend data and comparisons by company size.

The Changing Face of Retirement - The Aegon Retirement Readiness Suvery (2013) - Country Reports

The Changing Face of Retirement - The Aegon Retirement Readiness Survey (2013) - Infographics

The Changing Face of Retirement - The Aegon Retirement Readiness Survey (2013) - Reports

Juggling Current Needs and Long-Term Security: Every Woman Needs Her Own Retirement Strategy

The annual Transamerica Retirement Study found that nearly half of working women don’t have a retirement strategy.  This report was created to shed light on women’s attitudes and behaviors related to saving and planning for retirement and outlines key steps that can be taken to help women attain a more secure retirement.

Spotlight on the Saver's Credit

TCRS released survey results to help increase public awareness of the Saver's Credit, an important tax credit for low- to middle-income workers who save through a qualified retirement plan such as a 401(k), 403(b), or IRA.

Weathering the Economic Storm: Retirement Plans in the U.S., 2007-2012

This report evaluates how American workers and company-sponsored retirement plans have fared during these five difficult years of recession, and brings to light opportunities to improve the current retirement system.

The Changing Face of Retirement - The Workplace Perspective - Reports

The Cracked Nest Egg (Unemployed/Underemployed Survey)

This research, conducted among unemployed or underemployed workers, illuminates the severe effect of what is commonly referred to as the Great Recession on the retirement outlook of displaced American workers. The study shows that only 10 percent of displaced workers are very confident in their ability to retire comfortably.

Country Reports (2012)

The Changing Face of Retirement - The Aegon Retirement Readiness Survey (2012) - Reports

Redefining Retirement: The New "Retirement Readiness"

13th Annual Survey (2012) - Full Survey Results

Complete results from the 13th Annual survey.  The worker report includes trend data and comparisons by age, gender, generation, household income, and participation in a retirement plan.  The employer report includes trend data and comparisons by company size.

Women: Let's Talk About Retirement (Worker Survey)

A Source of Inspiration: Future Early Retirees (Worker Survey)

Emerging from the Recession (Employer Survey)

Out of Work in America (Unemployed/Underemployed Survey)

The New Retirement: Working (Worker Survey Results)

Educational Matters: The Impact of Educational Attainment on Worker Retirement Outlook

Women and Retirement

Employers Remain Reluctant to Enhance Retirement Benefits

A Tale of Two Retirements: The Importance of Employee-Funded Retirement Plans in the Workplace

Women and Retirement: Facing Challenges in a Recession

Managing the Road to Retirement: How Different Age Groups Save

Employers Reluctant to Cut Retirement Benefits in Difficult Economy

Strengthening Retirement Savings in a Weak Economy

Congressional Testimony

On February 25, 2009, TCRS was invited to testify at a hearing entitled, "Drop in Retirement Savings: The Challenges Small Business Face Funding and Maintaining Retirement Plans in a Struggling Economy," conducted by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business.

Spotlight on Single Women in the U.S.A.

Building Retirement Confidence — Household Income

Emerging from the Economic Storm: Retirement Plans in the United States, 2007-2012

This report evaluates how American workers and company-sponsored retirement plans have fared during these five difficult years of recession and brings to light opportunities to improve the current retirement system.

A "Perfect" 401(k) Plan

10,000 Baby Boomers Turn 65 Every Day Infographic

Fewer than 1 in 10 Baby Boomers strongly agree that they are building a large enough nest egg.

Back-on-Track: Helping Pre-Retirees Improve Their Retirement Outlook

Relying on Social Security in Retirement

Educating Yourself Today for a More Secure Tomorrow

Retirement Security Priorities for the President and Congress

TCRS surveyed American workers before the 2012 election and asked them what they thought should be the priorities for the next President and Congress to help Americans prepare for a financially secure retirement.