Raising the Bar: Policy Solutions for Improving Retirement Security

Source: National Institute on Retirement Security, February 2, 2010

The National Institute on Retirement Security held its inaugural policy conference, Raising the Bar: Policy Solutions for Improving Retirement Security, on February 2, 2010, in Washington, DC. The conference convened thought leaders from across the retirement industry and policy spectrum–retirement plan service providers, regulators and policymakers, plan sponsors and administrators, representatives of employees and retirees, academics and policy experts. The goal of the conference was to identify policy solutions aimed at improving Americans’ retirement prospects that have 1) broad support, 2) practical appeal, and 3) a good chance to be taken up by policymakers in Washington. The expert speakers did not disappoint, offering up a wide range of proposals that touched on virtually every aspect of the United States retirement system: pension plans, individual retirement savings, Social Security, and retiree healthcare. Moreover, many of the policy proposals at the center of discussion have since been enacted.

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