Behavioral researchers have explored a variety of potential “nudges” designed to increase retirement savings. But selecting from among different approaches can be surprisingly difficult.
Retirement Plan Design
Retirement plan design influences savings and retirement decisions. The TIAA Institute explores such issues as trends in plan design, the effect simplifying investment choices has on decision-making, plan fee fairness, and others.
The starting age for required minimum distributions from tax-qualified retirement plans was raised in 2019 from 70.5 to 72. How might this change affect household financial behavior?
Recognizing households’ needs for flexibility, while discouraging overconsumption, how much liquidity should be built into a socially optimal savings system?
Automatic enrollment has proven to be a powerful means of encouraging retirement plan participation in the private sector.
Some adjuncts appear to be unaware of their eligibility to participate in a retirement savings plan at the college or university where they work.
Retirement plans differ in whether employee or employer contributions are mandated, leaving a critical role for voluntary contributions.
The growth of defined contribution retirement plans has brought new estate-planning challenges for participants.
Most retirement plans let participants allocate their contributions among a menu of investment options – and this decision can have a substantial effect on a retirement portfolio’s ultimate value.
Finance theory assumes that investors maximize risk-adjusted returns when choosing portfolios. In reality, some people are also influenced by irrelevant factors, such as cosmetic changes to investment fund names.