“Where are the screaming actuaries yelling in these burning theaters?” Jeremy Gold once asked. Gold passed away earlier this month, leading Heidi Raubenheimer, PhD, CFA, to recall his words and reflect on the state of the retirement crisis.
An unorthodox solution to the US retirement crisis from Sloane Ortel; a discussion of Nobel laureate Richard H. Thaler's contributions to economics by Lauren Foster; and an analysis of the value of self-awareness by Jim Ware, CFA, are among the top EI posts from October.
Most studies of the impact of family ownership indicate that, on balance, family control is a good thing for stockholders. Family-controlled firms typically maintain a long-term perspective and strong balance sheets, and boast corporate cultures that have won the admiration of Warren Buffett. Credit Suisse has added to the body of research on family-controlled firms with the recent release of The Family Business Model, a global study which sought to better understand why family-run businesses outperform.
Planning for retirement is undoubtedly essential — and can quickly become complicated without the proper preparation. Michael Finke, professor and director of retirement planning at Texas Tech University, discussed the importance of longevity in retirement planning, the implications of cognitive decline, and the notion of an impending retirement crisis.
Focusing on the defined contribution piece of the impending retirement crisis, the authors recommend several actions, including automatic enrollment in 401(k)s and the government’s shoring up Social Security. For employees, two key steps are to start saving early and to delay retirement. This book furnishes both the motivation and the know-how to help them succeed.
Laurence B. Siegel sat down for an interview with Barbara S. Petitt, CFA, editor of the Financial Analysts Journal to discuss the retirement crisis — the subject of the FAJ's 70th anniversary issue. According to Siegel, there are two things we can do collectively to address the crisis: "save more" and "support efforts to rationalize the systems of pensions and savings in whatever country we happen to live."
In the United States, state and local governments’ defined benefit pension plans are underfunded by more than $4 trillion, threatening the financial security of approximately 8 million retirees and 14 million workers, and taking a fiscal toll on states and municipalities.
In the United States, and in many other countries, only a fraction of households have saved enough to look forward to a comfortable retirement. For those without a sizable nest egg, the so-called "golden years" are a grim prospect. Not surprisingly, governments around the globe are grappling with how their citizens will afford retirement.
Mandatory retirement savings accounts is a hot topic, as evidenced by buzz around Meir Statman's recent article in the Financial Analysts Journal, as well as the number of recent articles and blog posts tackling the issue of pension security. While a number of people are calling for mandatory retirement savings for employees in the United States, there is vigorous debate as to whether this is the way forward.
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