Some American households saw improvement in their retirement preparations, thanks to a couple of beneficial economic trends -- but don't celebrate yet. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Thanks to beneficial economic trends between 2013 and 2016, there was a small amount of improvement in the National Retirement Risk Index, which tracks the percentage of working-age households “at risk” of being unable to maintain their preretirement standard of living in retirement.

According to a brief from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, the improvement in the NRRI—a drop from 52 percent to 50 percent—came about largely as a result of increasing home prices, although gains from the stock market also contributed.

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