The Retirement Gamble

April 23, 2013

The Retirement Gamble raises troubling questions about how America’s financial institutions protect our retirement savings.

(52:11) Will your IRA or 401(k) accounts ensure a safe retirement?

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Are You Losing the Retirement Gamble? Live Chat Transcript

Join a live chat about “The Retirement Gamble” on 4/24 at 2 p.m. ET with producer Marcela Gaviria, correspondent, Martin Smith, 401(k) expert, Robert Hiltonsmith and Money magazine editor-at-large, Penelope Wang.

John Bogle: The “Train Wreck” Awaiting American Retirement

A toxic mix of too much choice, backwards incentives, and a misplaced faith in the market’s past performance has positioned America’s retirement system for an uncertain future, says the founder of The Vanguard Group.

Helaine Olen: Why Your 401(k) Retirement Plan is Failing You

Most financial planners would say you need about $1 million to ensure a decent retirement, but “absolutely almost no one is there right now,” says journalist Helaine Olen.

Michael Falcon: Retirement Crisis? Not Exactly.

While the nation’s retirement system may have its flaws, it is far from in crisis, according to the head of retirement at JPMorgan Asset Management.

Teresa Ghilarducci: Why the 401(k) is a “Failed Experiment”

The 401(k) was never designed with the middle class in mind, and may now be leaving a generation of Baby Boomers without enough to avoid poverty, says the New School economist.

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