Transamerica Institute

TCRS Annual Retirement Survey

The Transamerica Annual Retirement Survey – now in its 17th year – is a poll of American workers and their employers designed to explore attitudes and behaviors regarding retirement security and benefits. The survey is one of the largest and longest-running of its kind and is conducted through an independent research firm and the data represents employees of different age groups and employers of various sizes. In addition to the findings on various retirement issues, the survey provides an in-depth segmentation and comparison analysis based on company size, gender, and age groups.


17th Annual Retirement Survey (2016)

Seventeen Facts About Women's Retirement Outlook

In conjunction with National Women’s History Month which corresponds with International Women’s Day on, March 8, TCRS highlights findings from its 17th Transamerica Retirement Survey of Workers. TCRS research finds that women have unique challenges - and opportunities - in preparing for retirement.



16th Annual Retirement Survey (2015)

Sixteen Facts About Women's Retirement Outlook

TCRS has published research for more than a decade showing that women are at a greater risk of not achieving a financially secure retirement compared to men. This study, based on the 16th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey, covers research of more than 2,400 women workers in the U.S. and shines a light on their current retirement preparedness and outlook for their own retirement. With this study, TCRS aims to raise awareness of the retirement risks that women face and highlight opportunities where women can take greater control of their long-term financial security.

Retirement Throughout the Ages: Expectations and Preparations of American Workers

As part of the 16th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey, this report examines current expectations and preparations among American workers in their twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, and sixties and older.

Retirees Survey (2015)


15th Annual Retirement Survey (2014)

Fifteen Facts About Women's Retirement Outlook

In celebration of International Women's Day, TCRS lays out 15 facts about women's retirement preparedness and outlook, and recommends seven steps to help improve it.

Behavioral finance and pension decisions, by Lampros Romanos

An extensive literature review and a focused analysis on how framing effects, financial literacy, self-control and loss aversion affect pension decisions

The Retirement Readiness Challenge: Five Ways Employers Can Improve Their 401(k)s

Generation X Workers - The 401(k) Generation

Generation X workers are facing formidable uncertainties about their future retirement. This “401(k) Generation” joined the workforce as 401(k)s were being introduced, and many of them are saving for retirement through such plans.  However, the study reveals that current levels of savings may not be enough, and offers recommendations to help improve the retirement readiness outlook for Gen Xers.

Millennial Workers - An Emerging Generation of Super Savers

Millennial workers are engaged in retirement saving and planning, and appear to be an emerging generation of super savers. As part of the 15th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey, this report examines Millennials' attitudes and retirement readiness.

The Retirement Readiness of Three Unique Generations

As part of the 15th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey, this report examines current trends among American workers and compares the retirement outlooks of Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials.


14th Annual Retirement Survey (2013)

Fourteen Facts About Women's Retirement Outlook

In celebration of International Women's Day, TCRS highlights 14 facts about women's retirement outlook and seven steps to help improve it.

Unlocking Secrets of Retirement Readiness: Meet the Everyday People Who Are 'Power Planners'

The latest survey found that retirement confidence is on the rise, but that there are many Americans who remain unready for retirement.  However, the research also discovered five segments of 'Power Planners' who are on the road to retirement readiness and can serve as a source of inspiration for others.


13th Annual Retirement Survey (2012)

Emerging from the Economic Storm: Retirement Plans in the United States, 2007-2012

This report evaluates how American workers and company-sponsored retirement plans have fared during these five difficult years of recession and brings to light opportunities to improve the current retirement system.


12th Annual Retirement Survey (2011)

A "Perfect" 401(k) Plan


11th Annual Retirement Survey (2009-2010)


10th Annual Retirement Survey (2008-2009)


9th Annual Retirement Survey (2007)

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