TIAA Institute and Pension Research Council Showcase New Research on Financial Decision-making

The TIAA Institute and the Pension Research Council (PRC) of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School released new research this month on the psychology, reasoning, biases and behavioral factors that affect how people make important financial and retirement decisions. The new studies – showcased during the TIAA Institute Fellows SymposiumRead More

Call for Proposals: Financial Wellness, Behavioral Insurance, and Retirement Planning

The TIAA Institute is partnering with the Wharton School’s Boettner Center/Pension Research Council at the University of Pennsylvania to fund innovative research related to older Americans financial wellness, behavioral insurance, and retirement planning. We are now accepting research proposals focused on this topic. Final funding decisions will be contingent upon continued fundingRead More

Why Making Big Decisions At Older Ages Is So Risky

Every single day from now until 2030, about 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65. While this doesn’t mean we become instantly feeble on our birthday, it does mean that we must start planning ahead for things that will be much more difficult to handle later. Unfortunately, too many of us avoid thinking about tomorrow, with potentially dangerous and certainly undesirable consequences.Read More

Unfunded Pension Debts of U.S. States Still Exceed $3 Trillion

It’s well-known that there’s a huge financial hole in state-sponsored retirement plans for public employees, a hole that states will eventually have to fill with tax increases and spending cuts.

There is, however, still considerable debate as to the size of this government debt owed to public employees. In July 2015, the Pew Charitable Trusts released their latest issue brief, reporting that as of 2013, the nation’s state-run retirement systems had a $968 billion funding gap GPS +1.75%, not far from the “Trillion Dollar Gap” they reported in 2010.Read More