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PBGC Blog: Retirement Matters

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.

Follow us on Twitter

  |   March 8, 2012

See the string of messages on the right side of this blog page? That’s PBGC’s Twitter feed.

We use Twitter to spotlight our day-to-day efforts to protect pensions. When you sign up, you’ll get quick bits of information to keep you in the know about PBGC. And each day you’ll learn a new fact about pensions and retirement security. More...

Welcome to our Blog

  |   March 6, 2012

Thanks for visiting PBGC’s brand-new blog.

First, we know some of you are asking: Why does PBGC need a blog?

Well, our mission is to protect pensions, and we’re proud of the job we do.

Elsewhere on this website you’ll find tons of information about all aspects of the agency’s work. Important information—often technical, sometimes complicated.

But on this blog, we want to keep it simple.

Here, our communications team will tell PBGC’s story in a conversational way, zeroing in on how we protect retirement security.

We’ll tell you how we work with employers and employees to preserve pension plans. How we make sure retirees get their pensions when companies can’t keep their promises. How we promote our mission to strengthen retirement security.

In addition, we’ll link to the most relevant facts, figures, news stories, and videos about the world of pensions and retirement security. And from time to time we’ll show you the human side of PBGC, by sharing the observations of Director Josh Gotbaum, our in-house pension experts and other members of our staff.

So, welcome, and let’s get down to business.