Up in Smoke: How the Retirement Crisis Shattered the American Dream Richard L. DeProspo

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Published: July 1st 2015

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Up in Smoke: How the Retirement Crisis Shattered the American Dream  by  Richard L. DeProspo

Up in Smoke: How the Retirement Crisis Shattered the American Dream by Richard L. DeProspo
July 1st 2015 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 261 pages | ISBN: | 3.66 Mb

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there are currently forty million Americans aged sixty-five and over. With the first of the Baby Boom generation reaching the traditional retirement age of sixty-five in 2011, the number of retirement age individualsMoreThe U.S. Census Bureau estimates there are currently forty million Americans aged sixty-five and over. With the first of the Baby Boom generation reaching the traditional retirement age of sixty-five in 2011, the number of retirement age individuals is expected to grow by 10,000 each day for the next fifteen years.

By 2030, when the last of the Baby Boomers will have turned sixty-five, an estimated 18% of the US population, or sixty-five million Americans, will have reached retirement age.The shift in the private sector from employer-sponsored defined benefit plans to employee-based defined contribution plans, or 401(k)s, a process that took hold rather abruptly in the early 1980s, has left fewer than one in five private sector workers covered by a traditional retirement plan.

As a consequence, only fourteen percent of Americans indicate they are confident they will be prepared for the expenses of retirement.Amidst this backdrop of limited retirement savings, public sector employee pension plans are deeply troubled.

The unfunded portion of U.S. state and local government pension obligations currently exceeds $4 trillion. This ever-growing pension liability threatens the solvency of local governments from coast to coast, as well as the pension benefits promised to public sector employees.Up In Smoke provides a startling examination of our nation’s retirement funding: social security, corporate defined benefit programs, local government employee pension plans and 401(k), IRA and other defined contribution plans.

Each of these programs is tragically underfunded, at a time when demographics are forcing a tidal wave of Americans into retirement. These individuals, as well as generations to follow will increasingly be seeking an understanding of how we arrived at this desperate place and just what hope might lie ahead. Up In Smoke provides those insights.



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