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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.


Savers Credit

Learn more about the Saver's Credit, an IRS tax credit for eligible taxpayers who save for retirement in a 401(k), 403(b), or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan; a traditional or Roth IRA; or a new myRA. TCRS research finds that only one in three workers are aware of the credit.

A Compendium of Findings About American Workers - 17th Annual Survey (2016) - Full Survey Results

Complete results from the 17th Annual Survey. The worker report includes trend data and comparisons by company size, generation, gender, household income, educational attainment and ethnicity, which are also available as excerpts.

Perspectives on Retirement: Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials

The retirement landscape is ever-evolving. Societally, as the way that we live and work continues to change, we should expect widely held assumptions about retirement to change. Our research examines three generations currently represented in the workforce: Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. The landscape is now changing so rapidly that it is clear that their retirements will be different from their parents’ generation and from each other’s as well.

16th Annual Retirement Survey (2015)

The Current State of 401(k)s - The Employer Perspective

TCRS' new research among employers offers an overview of retirement plan sponsorship rates, comparisons by company size, and includes worker insights. Coincident with the release of the new report, on behalf of TCRS and Transamerica Institute, Catherine Collinson has been invited to share the findings and other research before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging’s hearing titled, “Closing the Gap: Innovations to Promote Americans’ Retirement Security.”

A Compendium of Findings About American Workers

A Compendium of Findings About American Workers -- 16th Annual Survey (2015) - Full Survey Results
Complete results from the 16th Annual Survey.  The worker report includes trend data and comparisons by company size, generation, gender, household income, and educational attainment, which are also available as excerpts.
 

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)

A Compendium of Findings About American Employers -- 15th Annual Survey (2014) - Full Survey Results

Complete results from the 15th Annual Survey. The employer report includes five-year trend data and comparisons by company size.

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.

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Baby Boomer Workers Are Revolutionizing Retirement: Are They and Their Employers Ready?

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

A Compendium of Findings About American Workers -- 15th Annual Survey (2014) - Full Survey Results

Complete results from the 15th Annual Survey.  The worker report includes trend data and comparisons by company size, generation, gender, household income, educational attainment, and ethnicity/race, which are also available as excerpts.

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)

The Retirement Readiness Imperative: Overcoming the Challenges Faced by Small Companies

This report on small businesses, part of the 14th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey, examines retirement benefits offered by small companies (10-499 employees), assesses the retirement outlook of small-company workers, offers comparisons with large companies (500+ employees), and provides recommendations.

Congressional Testimony

Catherine Collinson was invited to testify to the results of “The Retirement Readiness Imperative: Overcoming the Challenges Faced by Small Companies” before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business at its hearing, “The Challenge of Retirement Savings for Small Employers.

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.

14th Annual Survey (2013) - Full Survey Results

Complete results from the 14th Annual survey.  The worker report includes trend data and comparisons by age, gender, generation, household income, and participation in a retirement plan.  The employer report includes trend data and comparisons by company size.

Dreaming About Retirement

A comparison of how men and women plan to spend their lives in retirement.


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.

Juggling Current Needs and Long-Term Security: Every Woman Needs Her Own Retirement Strategy

The annual Transamerica Retirement Study found that nearly half of working women don’t have a retirement strategy.  This report was created to shed light on women’s attitudes and behaviors related to saving and planning for retirement and outlines key steps that can be taken to help women attain a more secure retirement.

Spotlight on the Saver's Credit

TCRS released survey results to help increase public awareness of the Saver's Credit, an important tax credit for low- to middle-income workers who save through a qualified retirement plan such as a 401(k), 403(b), or IRA.

10,000 Baby Boomers Turn 65 Every Day Infographic

Fewer than 1 in 10 Baby Boomers strongly agree that they are building a large enough nest egg.

Weathering the Economic Storm: Retirement Plans in the U.S., 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.

Retirement Security Priorities for the President and Congress

TCRS surveyed American workers before the 2012 election and asked them what they thought should be the priorities for the next President and Congress to help Americans prepare for a financially secure retirement.

Redefining Retirement: The New "Retirement Readiness"

13th Annual Survey (2012) - Full Survey Results

Complete results from the 13th Annual survey.  The worker report includes trend data and comparisons by age, gender, generation, household income, and participation in a retirement plan.  The employer report includes trend data and comparisons by company size.


12th Annual Retirement Survey (2011)

Women: Let's Talk About Retirement (Worker Survey)

A Source of Inspiration: Future Early Retirees (Worker Survey)

A "Perfect" 401(k) Plan

Relying on Social Security in Retirement

Out of Work in America (Unemployed/Underemployed Survey)

The New Retirement: Working (Worker Survey Results)


11th Annual Retirement Survey (2009-2010)

Educational Matters: The Impact of Educational Attainment on Worker Retirement Outlook

Women and Retirement

A Tale of Two Retirements: The Importance of Employee-Funded Retirement Plans in the Workplace


10th Annual Retirement Survey (2008-2009)

Women and Retirement: Facing Challenges in a Recession

Managing the Road to Retirement: How Different Age Groups Save

Back-on-Track: Helping Pre-Retirees Improve Their Retirement Outlook

Educating Yourself Today for a More Secure Tomorrow

Congressional Testimony

On February 25, 2009, TCRS was invited to testify at a hearing entitled, "Drop in Retirement Savings: The Challenges Small Business Face Funding and Maintaining Retirement Plans in a Struggling Economy," conducted by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business.

Strengthening Retirement Savings in a Weak Economy


9th Annual Retirement Survey (2007)

Spotlight on Single Women in the U.S.A.

Building Retirement Confidence — Household Income

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