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Effects Of Stock Market Fluctuations On The Adequacy Of Retirement Wealth Accumulation

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  • Eric M. Engen
  • William G. Gale
  • Cori E. Uccello

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This paper examines the relation between fluctuations in the aggregate value of equities and the adequacy of households' saving for retirement. Using more recent data than most studies on this topic, we find that many and perhaps most households appear to be saving adequate amounts for retirement, and that there is almost no link between aggregate equity values and the adequacy of retirement saving. A simulated 40 percent decline in stocks has little effect on the adequacy of saving. The substantial growth in equity values and ownership in the 1980s and 1990s did not lead to a surge in the adequacy of retirement saving provisions. The results occur because equity holdings are concentrated among households with significant amounts of other wealth. Copyright 2005 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Eric M. Engen & William G. Gale & Cori E. Uccello, 2005. "Effects Of Stock Market Fluctuations On The Adequacy Of Retirement Wealth Accumulation," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 51(3), pages 397-418, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:revinw:v:51:y:2005:i:3:p:397-418
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    1. Love, David A. & Palumbo, Michael G. & Smith, Paul A., 2009. "The trajectory of wealth in retirement," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 93(1-2), pages 191-208, February.
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