What Moves the National Retirement Risk Index? A Look Back and an Update

Alicia H. MunnellAnthony Webb Francesca N. Golub-Sass

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Introduction

In June 2006, the Center for Retirement Research released the National Retirement Risk Index (NRRI). The results showed that even if households work to age 65 and annuitize all their financial assets, including the receipts from reverse mortgages on their homes, 43 percent will be at risk of being unable to maintain their standard of living in retirement. Households are more likely to be ‘at risk’ if they are young, have low incomes, or lack pension coverage…