Transamerica Institute

Retirement Research Reports

Successful Retirement - Healthy Aging and Financial Security

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.


Retirement Preparations in a New Age of Self-Employment

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.

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 Retirement Wake-Up Call

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.

The New Flexible Retirement

The Current State of Retirement: Pre-Retiree Expectations and Retiree Realities

This new research examines the retirement outlook of age 50+ workers with the actual experiences of retirees

Homemakers Are Not Off the Hook: How Should They Be Planning for Retirement?

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.
 

Social Security Turns 80

Social Security was enacted 80 years ago this August and serves as a foundation of American’s retirement security.However the U.S. retirement landscape has been evolving, with increases in life expectancies and shifting labor patterns, leading to the need for Social Security reform. The 16th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey examines workers’ attitudes and expectations around Social Security.

Inspiring a World of Habitual Savers - Aegon Retirement Readiness Survey 2015

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.

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.

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

The Changing Face of Retirement -- Women: Balancing Family, Career and Financial Security

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 Changing Face of Retirement - The Aegon Retirement Readiness Survey 2014

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.

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.

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.

Journey to Healthy Aging - Planning for Travel in Retirement

The Changing Face of Retirement - The Young, Pragmatic and Penniless Generation

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.

Repairing the Damaged Nest Egg: How to Improve the Retirement Outlook of the Unemployed & Underemployed

As part of its 14th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey, TCRS surveyed unemployed and underemployed workers and found that 62 percent of displaced workers are “not too” or “not at all” confident about their retirement prospects.  The report delves further into these groups and offers suggestions to help them improve their retirement readiness.

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.

The Changing Face of Retirement - The Aegon Retirement Readiness Survey (2013) - Reports

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.

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.

The Changing Face of Retirement - The Workplace Perspective - Reports

The Cracked Nest Egg (Unemployed/Underemployed Survey)

This research, conducted among unemployed or underemployed workers, illuminates the severe effect of what is commonly referred to as the Great Recession on the retirement outlook of displaced American workers. The study shows that only 10 percent of displaced workers are very confident in their ability to retire comfortably.

The Changing Face of Retirement - The Aegon Retirement Readiness Survey (2012) - Reports

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.

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

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

Emerging from the Recession (Employer Survey)

Out of Work in America (Unemployed/Underemployed Survey)

The New Retirement: Working (Worker Survey Results)

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

Women and Retirement: Facing Challenges in a Recession

Managing the Road to Retirement: How Different Age Groups Save

Employers Reluctant to Cut Retirement Benefits in Difficult Economy

Strengthening Retirement Savings in a Weak Economy

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

Building Retirement Confidence — Household Income