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The National Retirement Risk Index: After The Crash

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  • Alicia H. Munnell

    (Center for Retirement Research at Boston College)

  • Anthony Webb

    (Center for Retirement Research at Boston College)

  • Francesca Golub-Sass

    (Center for Retirement Research at Boston College)

Abstract

The National Retirement Risk Index measures the share of American households who are ‘at risk’ of being unable to maintain their pre-retirement stan­dard of living in retirement. The Index results from comparing households’ projected replacement rates – retirement income as a percent of pre-retirement income – with target rates that would allow them to maintain their living standard. The results showed that even if households work to age 65 and annui­tize all their financial assets, including the receipts from reverse mortgages on their homes, in 2004 43 percent would have been ‘at risk’ of being unable to maintain their standard of living in retirement.

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Paper provided by Center for Retirement Research in its series Issues in Brief with number ib2009-9-22.

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Length: 7 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2009
Date of revision: Sep 2009
Publication status: published on the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College website
Handle: RePEc:crr:issbrf:ib2009-9-22

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  1. Alicia H. Munnell, 2003. "The Declining Role Of Social Security," Just the Facts jtf-6, Center for Retirement Research.
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Cited by:
  1. David Warner & Mark Hayward & Melissa Hardy, 2010. "The Retirement Life Course in America at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer, vol. 29(6), pages 893-919, December.

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