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  • Press ReleaseJune 29, 2011

    Study Indentifies Key Features of Public Pensions that Weathered Market Turmoil

    June 29, 2011, Washington D.C. — A new NIRS research report examines selected statewide public pension plans to identify common elements of plans that remained well funded despite two severe economic downturns. Download report here. Download PowerPoint here. The study identifies six features that enabled those plans examined to remain sustainable and affordable: Employer pension contributions that pay the […]

  • Press ReleaseMarch 8, 2011

    Nine in Ten Americans Say U.S. Retirement System Under Severe Stress

    March 8, 2011, Washington, D.C. —  A new public opinion research report finds that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe the nation’s retirement infrastructure is crumbling and that stock market volatility makes it impossible to predict retirement savings. Download Research here.  Download Press Release in PDF here.  View CNBC coverage of the report here. The research also finds that Americans […]

  • Press ReleaseMarch 1, 2011

    Private Sector Pensions Regulated to Death

    Leading Culprit is Funding Volatility, Not Pension Costs; Opportunities Exist to Reverse Pension Coverage Decline March 1, 2011 – Private sector companies have trended away from offering pensions because of an onerous regulatory environment. Download Research Brief here. Since the 1970s, laws and regulations have created funding volatility for companies sponsoring pensions, rather than facilitating predictable […]

  • Press ReleaseApril 28, 2010

    New Report on Public, Private Sector Compensation

    April 28, 2010, Washington, D.C. – A new study finds public sector employees earn less than comparable private sector employees.  Press/interested parties webinar & conference call at 11 AM ET on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 11 AM ET. An analysis spanning two decades shows the pay gap between public and private sector employees has widened in […]

  • Press ReleaseJuly 30, 2009

    Poverty Risk Six Times Greater for Older Americans Lacking Pensions

    July 30, 2009, Washington, D.C – ‘Pension Factor’ drives $7.3 billion in public assistance savings, 4.7 million fewer households in poverty, near-poverty.  Pensions important for minorities, women.  Press call at 11 AM ET, (888) 428-4474. Defined benefit pension income plays a critical role in reducing the risk of poverty and hardship among older Americans.  According […]

  • Press ReleaseMay 7, 2009

    Women Need 3-Legged Stool to Shatter Retirement Glass Ceiling

    May 7, 2009, Washington, D.C. – Women remain at a higher risk for retirement insecurity as compared to men, according to a new research brief issued today by the National Institute on Retirement Security. That risk can be reduced by ensuring women have the combination of a traditional pension, supplemental 401(k)-type individual savings, and Social […]

  • Press ReleaseFebruary 26, 2009

    State-By-State Press Releases on Economic Impact of State & Local Pensions

    February 26, 2009, Washington, D.C. –  From coast to coast, state and local pensions have a sizable economic and job impact that ripples through every every state and industry.  NIRS has issued press releases for all 50 states outlining the economic impact for each state. The national report, “Pensionomics: Measuring the Economic Impact of State […]

  • Press ReleaseFebruary 26, 2009

    New Study Finds 2.5 Million U.S. Jobs, $358 Billion Economic Impact From State & Local Pensions

    February 26, 2009, Washington, D.C. – An economic impact analysis finds state & local government pension benefits have a sizable impact that ripples through every state and industry across the nation. The new report, “Pensionomics: Measuring the Economic Impact of State and Local Pension Plans,” finds that expenditures made from state & local pension benefits for fiscal […]

  • Press ReleaseJanuary 14, 2009

    New Survey Finds 83% of Americans Concerned About Retirement

    January 14, 2009, Washington, D.C. – A national public opinion survey reveals widespread retirement insecurity among Americans.  Current economic conditions have more than eight out of ten Americans worried about their ability to retire. Some 71% indicate they feel it is harder today to retire as compared to previous generations. The findings also indicate that […]