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An Open Letter to Congress: Advocating for a SECURE Retirement Future
On May 23, 2019, the House of Representatives took a significant step towards ensuring workers’ retirement security by passing the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. But momentum has stalled in the Senate - and the ground gained this Spring could be lost by Fall.
Our open letter to Congress is meant to refocus policymakers’ attention onto the:
Urgent retirement-related issues thatworking Americans’ face
Ways in which SECURE could offer meaningful solutions
The numbers are sobering. Nearly 40% of working households in the U.S. don’t have access to the primary retirement savings vehicle: an employer-sponsored defined contribution (DC) plan.i The result of limited savings access is savings insufficiency, currently estimated to bring a $3.8 trillion shortfall crashing down on retirees and their regional governments.ii
But even those with access to a workplace savings plan:
Are slow to start saving,often due to competing expenseslikestudent debt, and miss the benefits of compound interest
Don’t save enough oreffectively across their careers
Face the challenge of financing retirements that now last for decades, due to longer lives
Between those Americans not saving and those not saving enough for retirement, we find ourselves approaching a crisis. Increasingly people are retiring into bankruptcyiii and homelessnessiv, trends that inaction will amplify, leaving generations unable to retire with dignity and putting our country’s economic and social fabric at risk.
Every day that we fail to act is another day Americans falter in saving for the future. Fortunately, on May 23rd, the House of Representatives took a significant step forward to address the elements of this crisis by passing the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act by anoverwhelming margin of 417-3. While the SECURE Act will not solve every issue facing workers saving for retirement, it does provide solutions for:
Extending savings plan access, specifically to workers of smallemployers, those employersthathave struggled to provide affordably a retirement plan for their employees.
Increasing automatic plan options to escalate employee contributions, intended to seamlessly boost savings and enhance outcomes.
Clearing obstacles to offering lifetime incomeoptions in 401(k) plans, to ensure a sustained income in retirement.
Retirement security is a goal we should all work toward, and that is why we at State Street strongly support the SECURE Act. We urge the Senate to act expeditiously to pass the SECURE Actthis year - because working Americans cannot continue to wait for savings solutions.
The time to act is now.
State Street Global Advisors 1 Iron Street, Boston, MA 02210. T: +1 617 786 3000.
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