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Retirement Revolution: Unmitigated Risks In The Defined Contribution Society, Anne M. Tucker Jan 2013

Retirement Revolution: Unmitigated Risks In The Defined Contribution Society, Anne M. Tucker

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A revolution in the retirement landscape over the last several decades shifted the predominant savings vehicle from traditional pensions (a defined benefit plan) to self-directed accounts like the 401(k) (a defined contribution plan) and has drastically changed how people invest in the stock market and why. The prevalence of self-directed, defined contribution plans has created our defined contribution society and a new class of investors — the citizen shareholders — who enter private securities market through self-directed retirement plans, invest for long-term savings goals and are predominantly indirect shareholders. With 90 million Americans invested in mutual funds, and nearly 75 million ...