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PBGC Blog: Retirement Matters

PBGC Director Josh Gotbaum penned a letter to the editor of the Washington Examiner where he addressed retirement security and the desire of many Americans to keep both their jobs and their pensions.

Read the full letter to the editor.

Hawker Beechcraft, a manufacturer of commercial business jets based in Wichita, filed today for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Bankruptcy is a time of uncertainty, especially for a company's workforce.

Let's be clear. Bankruptcy does not necessarily mean a company's pensions will end. Many companies have emerged from Chapter 11 as successful businesses, while keeping their pension promises. Some recent examples are Northwest Airlines, auto-parts maker Visteon, and chemical manufacturer Tronox.

PBGC will be working with Hawker Beechcraft management and its lenders so that the company can reorganize successfully without undermining the retirement security of its workforce.

If you have a benefit from Hawker Beechcraft, your pension plan is ongoing under the company's sponsorship. If you have a question about your individual pension, contact the Hawker Beechcraft plan administrator. If you have questions about PBGC and your insurance coverage, see our frequently asked questions or Your Guaranteed Pension.

Americans are living longer, healthier lives, and enjoying more years of retirement. That's a very good thing. But it means people will need enough money to pay for those extra years.

How much is enough for you? With so many factors to think about–health, housing, hobbies, to name a few–figuring it out can be a real challenge.

There are many tools on the internet that can help.  A good place to start is the Ballpark Estimate calculator, created by the respected nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute. It's easy to use, and gives you a quick estimate of how much you'll need to save for those retirement years.

EBRI' s calculator is part of its Choose to Save program, which offers many useful tips for future retirees.  Check it out at www.choosetosave.org.

At PBGC, we're glad we're not alone in talking about flexible new kinds of pension plans. From today's Washington Post, here are more views from some leading retirement experts.

Most people won't have enough to live the life they want when they retire. And they know it, too. But what will they do about it?

PBGC Director Josh Gotbaum spoke this morning at the National Press Club in Washington about today's retirement realities. More...

It’s time to face retirement realities, PBGC Director Josh Gotbaum writes in the March 11 issue of Long Island’s Newsday.

People will need to save more for longer retirements, but that’s not enough. Gotbaum calls for new pension options that share responsibility between employers and employees.

Read Don't ignore retirement insecurity.