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Do DC Plan Participants Benefit From Increasing the RMD Age?

Changes to the RMD age affect mostly households with bequest motives, so financial institutions should consider their clients’ intentions before advising them on RMD strategies. A research review of work by Wharton Prof. Olivia S. Mitchell, cited in PlanSponsor. Original paper by Horneff, Maurer, and Mitchell entitled “Do Required Minimum Distribution 401(k) Rules Matter, and For ...Read More

Financial Well-Being of Underrepresented Women

Workplace-sponsored financial education programs, as well as programs targeted to the specific circumstances of Black and Hispanic women, would boost financial literacy far more than a one-size-fits-all approach, explains Wharton Prof. Olivia S. Mitchell to Julie Stich of IFEBP. Paper here: Financial Well-being among Black and Hispanic Women Read More

Financial Literacy and Debt among Seniors

Financially literate older Americans are less likely to carry excessive debt, as per Wharton Prof. Olivia S. Mitchell, Prof. Annamaria Lusardi of the George Washington University, and Noemi Oggero of the University of Turin, in a report spotlighted by NBER. Read More

Why Early 401(k) Withdrawals Are a Bad Idea

Early 401(k) withdrawals can drastically reduce retirement assets; if need be, borrowing from a retirement account can be a safer option, explains Wharton Prof. Olivia S. Mitchell. Via Knowledge@Wharton. Read More

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