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4 Negatives for U.S. Retirements

The pessimist's view.

Cutting Both Ways
Friday's column featured four positive signs for U.S. retirees, taken from a presentation entitled "Retirement: Are Americans Preparing?" by Peter Brady of the Investment Company Institute. (The material is from three years back, but its numbers remain relevant, as retirement trends change only glacially.) Today's installment, also using that presentation's numbers, gives the rebuttal.

The first three rejoinders stand Friday's positives on their head. (The fourth and final item is new, but it largely follows from the previous three points.) The news about the U.S. retirement system is decidedly mixed, such that most data can support opposing viewpoints. Last column took the bright view of the numbers; this one does not.