The brief’s key findings are:
- Between 2013 and 2016, the National Retirement Risk Index improved modestly, dropping from 52 percent to 50 percent of working-age households.
- The improvement was driven mainly by rising home prices, with stock market gains also contributing.
- At the same time, Social Security’s rising “Full Retirement Age” and declining interest rates served as a headwind against greater progress.
- The bottom line is that retirement security remains a major challenge that requires today’s workers to save more and/or work longer.