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Melissa M. Favreault
Melissa M. Favreault
January 4, 2012   |   4:50

The President's Fiscal Commission and Social Security

This video features Melissa Favreault, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute's Program on Retirement Policy, discussing the ways the Bowles-Simpson plan would change Social Security, who would be affected the most, and what the timeframe is for taking action.  > Watch the video

Richard W. Johnson
Richard W. Johnson
November 28, 2011   |   4:11

What Happened to the CLASS Act?

With the demise of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, Program on Retirement Policy Director Richard Johnson talks us through ways it could be revitalized, new policies that could boost participation in the private market, and public-private options that could help achieve higher rates of coverage.  > Watch the video

Richard W. Johnson
Richard W. Johnson
November 7, 2011   |   6:57

What Happened to the CLASS Act?

In this first video in a two-part Urban Institute package, Program on Retirement Policy Director Richard Johnson walks us through CLASS’s aims and design, why greater access to long-term care is needed, and where the program ran into problems.  > Watch the video

Rudolph G. Penner
Rudolph G. Penner
September 28, 2011   |   5:05

Ponzi Schemes and Social Security

In this video Rudolph G. Penner - an Institute Fellow at the Program on Retirement Policy and a former director of the Congressional Budget Office - explains what a Ponzi scheme is, how it compares with Social Security, and what can be done to fix the program’s underlying structural problems.  > Watch the video

C. Eugene Steuerle
C. Eugene Steuerle
August 8, 2011   |   5:41

The Debt Ceiling Deal, the "Super Committee," and Retirement Programs

C. Eugene Steuerle, an Urban Institute fellow, explains what the debt ceiling deal accomplished, the political landscape and stakes faced by the “super committee,” and the outlook for future and current retirees.  > Watch the video

Barbara Butrica
Barbara Butrica
July 28, 2011   |   6:58

Automatic IRAs and Retirement Security

Barbara Butrica, a senior research associate at the Income and Benefits Policy Center, explains the reasons why many older Americans aren’t financially prepared for retirement, how establishing automatic IRAs can help, and other measures policymakers can take to improve retirement security for their constituents.  > Watch the video

Karen E. Smith
Karen E. Smith
June 30, 2011   |   6:12

Why Will the Great Recession Affect Retirement Incomes?

Karen E. Smith, a senior research associate at the Income and Benefits Policy Center, explains the reasons why the Great Recession has hit retirement savings so hard, what age and socio-economic groups have been hit the hardest, and how economic behavior might change as a result.  > Watch the video

Eric Toder
Eric Toder
May 11, 2011   |   6:01

The Social Security Trust Fund

In this video Eric Toder, codirector of the Tax Policy Center, explains what the Social Security trust fund was designed to do, how it's actually used, and what observers will be looking for in the trustees' report.  > Watch the video

Richard W. Johnson
Richard W. Johnson
April 29, 2011   |   6:56

Women's Retirement Risks

Richard W. Johnson, director of the Program on Retirement Policy, explains the financial and health challenges women commonly face with age, what retirement looks like for women in the 21st century, and policy recommendations to help women in their golden years.  > Watch the video

Kim Rueben
Kim Reuben
March 17, 2011   |   7:00

States, State Workers, and Pensions

Kim Rueben, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center, explains the reality of a typical state pension, how states are talking about reforming pensions, and the risks posed to the economic security of new, veteran, and retired state employees, as well as states themselves.  > Watch the video

Sheila R. Zedlewski
Sheila R. Zedlewski
February 16, 2011   |   6:01

Retirement, Poverty, and Nutrition Assistance

A surprising number of Americans struggle below and on the fringe of the poverty line during their senior years, but what factors explain this reality? What metrics are best suited for measuring poverty within this population? And how many need nutrition assistance to get by? These and other questions are answered by Sheila R. Zedlewski in this online video.  > Watch the video

Howard Gleckman
Howard Gleckman
January 20, 2011   |   8:21

The CLASS Act

The Health and Human Services Department has until October 2012 to finalize plans for a new government-run, long-term care insurance program called the CLASS Act. Howard Gleckman discusses the rationale behind the program's creation, the implementation and political challenges it faces, and ultimately the tough choices facing potential long-term care insurance consumers in this online video.  > Watch the video

C. Eugene Steuerle
C. Eugene Steuerle
December 14, 2010   |   7:24

Does Social Security Need to Be Fixed Now?

Institute Fellow C. Eugene Steuerle discusses the pressure to fix Social Security soon, the benefits of acting now, reforms proposed by the president's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and how these proposals would affect the elderly and those nearing retirement in this online video.  > Watch the video

Richard W. Johnson
Richard W. Johnson
November 5, 2010    |   7:16

Job Loss, Unemployment, and Older Workers

Older workers earn more than younger workers, are more likely to get retirement benefits from their employers, and are less likely to be unemployed, even during the current recession. When older workers do lose their jobs, however, the consequences can be more severe than for younger workers, as Richard Johnson explains in this online video.  > Watch the video

Rudolph G. Penner
Rudolph G. Penner
October 15, 2010    |    5:10

Social Security Cost of Living Adjustments

The recent announcement that Social Security beneficiaries will not get a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for the second straight year has focused attention on how these adjustments are calculated. Urban Institute Fellow Rudolph Penner describes how the consumer price index, which is used to adjust benefits, overstates inflation and how new techniques could eliminate the upward bias.  >Watch the video or read more

Barbara A. Butrica
Barbara A. Butrica
September 30, 2010    |    6:54

Understanding Early Withdrawals from Retirement Accounts

Withdrawing savings from IRAs and 401(k)s before retirement can undermine economic security at older ages. Senior Research Associate Barbara Butrica notes that low-income adults are less likely to hold these accounts and more likely to dip into these savings early.  > Watch the video or read more


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