collage of older people's faces Retirement has changed as defined benefit plans die and defined contribution plans increase, leaving a good number of financially uneducated people in charge of their ‘retirement planning.’ (Photo: Shutterstock)

Changes in life expectancy, population growth and retirement savings vehicles are colliding to present a growing dilemma: how to prepare for a retirement that will accommodate longer lifespans, periods of poorer health and a population that is generally ill prepared to save enough for their own retirement.

Not just individuals, but governments and employers must act together as “social partners,” according to a new global retirement readiness survey from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies and the Aegon Center for Retirement and Longevity, “The New Social Contract: Empowering Individuals in a Transitioning World.”

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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