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Mar 30, 2011, 03:07 ET New Research from EBRI

If Congress were to modify the exclusion of employee contributions to retirement savings plans from taxable income, who would most likely cut back on ...


Mar 24, 2011, 11:27 ET New Research from EBRI: Employer Contributions to Account-Based Health Plans Drop in 2010

Contributions from employers to workers' account-based health plans declined for the second year in a row in 2010, according to new findings by the...


Mar 15, 2011, 12:01 ET 2011 Retirement Confidence Survey: Workers' Pessimism About Retirement Deepens, Reflecting 'the New Normal'

In a sign that Americans are recognizing the realities they face about their chances for a comfortable retirement, the 2011 Retirement Confidence...


Feb 17, 2011, 10:22 ET New Research from EBRI: Higher Percentage of Older Workers in the Work force in 2010

New findings from the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) show there was a higher percentage of people age 55 and older (40.2...


Feb 15, 2011, 10:57 ET New Research from EBRI: Women, Young People More Inclined to Seek Objective Health Care Information to Save Costs, Ensure Quality

New findings by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) show that women, younger individuals, and individuals who experienced an increase in...


Jan 24, 2011, 10:58 ET New Research from EBRI: Employers & Workers Expecting Cost Increases From Health Reform

New findings by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) show that both employers and workers say they are not very knowledgeable about health...


Jan 20, 2011, 10:48 ET New Research from EBRI: Between 4-14% More U.S. Households 'At Risk' of Running Short of Money in Retirement Due to 2008-2009 Recession

Depending largely on age and income, between 4 percent and 14 percent of Americans who otherwise would have had adequate income to cover basic...


Jan 11, 2011, 10:33 ET New Research from EBRI: HSAs and HRAs See Growth Over Four-Year Span: Assets Have Also Increased While Account Balances Fell

The number of health savings accounts (HSAs) and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) increased to 5.7 million in 2010, according to a new report ...


Dec 14, 2010, 11:00 ET New Research from EBRI: Interest in Behavior-Changing Financial Incentives Declines in 2010

he overall percentage of people who think getting a financial incentive would be extremely or very useful for choosing a more effective treatment...


Dec 13, 2010, 01:43 ET New Research from EBRI: Job Tenure for U.S. Workers Rises Slightly, Now Just Over 5 Years

The median length of time that full-time workers stay in their jobs ticked up slightly in 2010, to just over five years, continuing a slow increase...


Dec 02, 2010, 10:25 ET New Research from EBRI: 'Consumer-Driven' Health Enrollment Reached 22 Million in 2010

The ranks of people enrolled in either a consumer-driven health plan (CDHP) or a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) reached 22 million in 2010,...


Nov 30, 2010, 11:18 ET New Research from EBRI: Health Law Cut Some Health Costs in Retirement, But Retirees Will Need Big Savings

Even though the new health reform law will reduce some health costs in retirement for many people, retirees will still need a significant amount of...


Nov 22, 2010, 01:42 ET EBRI/ICI 401(k) Database Update: Average 401(k) Account Balance Among Consistent Participants Rose Nearly 32 Percent in 2009

The average 401(k) retirement account balance rose 31.9 percent in 2009, according to a report released today by the Employee Benefit Research...


Nov 18, 2010, 11:50 ET New Research from EBRI: Public Opinion of New Health Care Reform Is Limited and Varies by Plan Type, Political Party

Although most people's knowledge of the new health care law is limited, their opinion on how it will affect their health care depends on what type of ...


Oct 13, 2010, 10:50 ET New Research from EBRI: Economic Pressure Forces More American Workers Out of Work-Based Retirement Plans

New analysis by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute shows the employment-based retirement system, while still critical to Americans'...


Oct 07, 2010, 10:48 ET New Research from EBRI-DCIIA: Auto Features in 401(k) Plans Can Be Structured to Give Big Boost to Retirement Savings, Especially for Low-Income Workers

A new study released today finds that auto-enrollment and auto-contribution escalation in 401(k) plans—depending on how they're implemented and...


Sep 22, 2010, 10:15 ET New Research from EBRI: Employment-based Health Coverage Still Dominates, But Slow Decline Continues

The ranks of Americans with employment-based health insurance declined by more than 2 percentage points last year, according to a new analysis by the ...


Sep 21, 2010, 10:29 ET New Research from EBRI: New EBRI IRA Database Finds Owners With Multiple IRAs Raise Average Balance by 25%

The nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) today released preliminary results from a unique database on individual retirement...


Sep 15, 2010, 03:33 ET New Research From EBRI: Health Reform Does Not Increase Confidence in Health Care System

Findings from the 2010 Health Confidence Survey (HCS) demonstrate that, despite the recent passage of health reform, dissatisfaction with the...


Aug 04, 2010, 11:13 ET New Research from EBRI: What Is Known About Consumer-Driven Health Plans?

The nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) today published a detailed summary of what is known about consumer-driven health plans, a...


Aug 03, 2010, 10:37 ET New Research From EBRI: New Law to Increase Health Coverage of Dependent Children

A recent law that requires group health plans and insurers to make dependent coverage available for children until they attain the age of 26 will...


Jul 15, 2010, 11:19 ET Target-Date Funds: Participants Are Younger, Have Lower Account Balances, Shorter Tenure -- But Stick With the Funds

The use of target-date funds, a relatively new 401(k) plan option, is more likely among participants who are younger, have lower account balances,...


Jul 13, 2010, 08:47 ET New Research from EBRI: The EBRI Retirement Readiness Rating:™ What is Your Rating?

With Americans living longer in retirement, the 2010 EBRI Retirement Readiness Rating™ released today shows dramatically high percentages of...


Jun 03, 2010, 10:38 ET New Research From EBRI: Social Security Averages 40% of Income of Elderly

Social Security was the largest source of income for those currently age 65 and older, accounting for nearly 40 percent of their income on average,...


Jun 01, 2010, 10:53 ET New Research from EBRI: Consumer-Driven Health Plan Assets Show Three-Year Gain; Number of Accounts Also Increased from 2006-2009

May Assets in health savings accounts (HSAs) and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), two relatively new employment-based health benefit plan...