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Forecasting Retirement Needs and Retirement Wealth (Pension Research Council Publications) Hardcover – December, 1999

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Product Details

  • Series: Pension Research Council Publications
  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (December 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812235290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812235296
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,803,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Forecasting Retirement Needs and Retirement Wealth" is a collection of research papers using the first (1992) wave of the biennial Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to paint a picture of the financial health of the soon to be retiring pre-baby-boom generation. Each of these papers focussed on a different specific issue affecting those approaching retirement. Like a cookbook, where a few good recipes can be worth the purchase of the entire book, I found several chapters to be incredibly valuable, whereas other chapters have yet to arouse my interest.
One of the three chapters that I gained the most from was Chapter 2, "How Prepared Are Americans for Retirement?," which summarized several studies that attempted to gauge how well current and projected savings of near-retirees will meet their expected expenses and then used a software package to determine how well the subjects in the HRS study will fare.
A second study found in Chapter 3, "Projected Retirement Wealth and Saving Adequacy," broke down HRS subjects' wealth by mean, median, and deciles, as well as the proportion of housing wealth, financial wealth, social security wealth, and pension wealth held by each of these groupings. This chapter then went on to identify prescribed saving and replacement rates for each of these populations.
The last study I found very valuable was Chapter 5, "Explaining Retirement Saving Shortfalls." This section examined the wealth discrepancies between various HRS populations according characteristics such as marital status, race, education, health, and attitudes, and then attempted to explain the likelihood and extent of any shortfalls in their wealth accumulation.
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