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Healthy, Flavorful Recipes for Coping With the COVID-19 Pandemic
August 2021

To help people during these challenging times, nonprofit Transamerica Institute has published updated editions of four free cookbooks in its Healthier Traditions CookbookTM series, including Quick & Easy, Italian, Soul Food, and American Classics. The Healthier Traditions Cookbook recipes include nutritional facts, evidence-based details, helpful tips, and modifications for specific dietary needs. 

Workers Are Saving for Retirement Despite Challenges Amid the Pandemic
August 2021

Living in the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Health, Finances, and Retirement Prospects of Four Generations examines the retirement prospects of Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X, and Baby Boomers. Despite six in 10 employed workers (60 percent) having made adjustments due to pandemic-related financial strain, 82 percent are saving for retirement, according to the 21st Annual Retirement Survey.  

Rising to the Occasion: Employers Finding Ways to Support Employees Amid COVID-19
June 2021

Navigating the Pandemic: A Survey of U.S. Employers examines the pandemic’s impact on employers, their response, and timely opportunities. Most employers have been negatively impacted by the pandemic (70 percent) and more than half implemented difficult cost-cutting measures that affected their employees (54 percent). At the same time, nine in 10 employers implemented one or more types of support for their employees during the pandemic, such as flexible hours, the ability to work remotely, safety measures for on-site workers, and more. 


Fewer than Half of U.S. Workers Are Aware of a Tax Credit for Retirement Savers

February 2021

Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies offers tips on how to claim the Saver’s Credit. Only 43 percent of workers are aware of the IRS Saver's Credit, according to the 20th Annual Retirement Survey. This little-known tax credit makes it more affordable for eligible taxpayers to save for retirement in a 401(k), 403(b), or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan; a traditional or Roth IRA, or an ABLE account. 

Young Adults Are on an Uncertain Road to Retirement
January 2021

Global research examines the perspectives, priorities, and preparations of workers in their 20s. With increasing strain on social security systems globally and the economic effects of the pandemic intensifying, young adults are setting out on an uncertain journey of work and money. They are expecting to self-fund an even greater proportion of their retirement income than previous generations. However, few young adult workers (age 20 to 29) think they are on course to achieve their retirement income needs (20 percent global, 26 percent U.S.).

The Pandemic’s Impact on Workers’ Finances Has Long-Term Repercussions for Retirement Security
December 2020

Retirement Security: A Compendium of Findings About U.S. Workers Report highlights workers’ vulnerabilities and outlines priorities for policymakers. One in five U.S. workers (21 percent) indicate their confidence in their ability to retire comfortably has declined in light of the coronavirus pandemic – and only 27 percent are very confident that they will be able to fully retire with a comfortable lifestyle, according to the 20th Annual Retirement Survey.


Women’s Retirement Outlook Is Becoming Even Riskier Amid COVID-19

September 2020

Women and Retirement: Risks and Realities Amid COVID-19 Report outlines women’s financial vulnerabilities before and during the pandemic. One in four women workers (24 percent) who are employed or recently unemployed say their confidence in their ability to retire comfortably has declined amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the 20th Annual Retirement Survey. However, only 17 percent of women say they are “very” confident they will be able to fully retire with a comfortable lifestyle.

The Financial Vulnerabilities of Retirees Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic
September 2020

Retirees and Retirement Amid COVID-19 Report examines how retirees are financially faring in retirement. Despite the ongoing pandemic, three in four retirees (75 percent) say their confidence in their ability to maintain a comfortable lifestyle through retirement has stayed the same, according to the 20th Annual Retirement Survey. While this stability in retirement confidence seems to be good news, it should also be underscored that only 29 percent are “very confident” in their ability to do so.

Quick and Easy Healthy Recipes for These Challenging Times
July 2020

In the 20th Annual Retirement Survey, fewer than six in 10 U.S. workers reported they eat healthfully on a consistent basis amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthier Traditions: Quick and Easy Cookbook offers 19 dietitian-crafted recipes to make in 20 minutes or less. It strives to raise awareness of the importance of a nutritious diet and to make it easier to make healthier choices. 

Age-Friendly Employers Are Integral to the New Social Contract for Retirement
June 2020

Global research highlights ways employers can promote retirement security. Workers globally and in the U.S. expect they will need on average 67 percent of their current income in retirement, yet relatively few believe they are on course to meet these needs (25 percent globally, 39 percent U.S.). The New Social Contract: Age-Friendly Employers Report explores the vital role of employers in helping workers prepare financially for retirement, a role that has become even more crucial albeit precarious amid the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Rural Residents Face Health and Health Care-Related Vulnerabilities
June 2020

Left Behind: Health Care in Rural America Report illuminates the health and health-care related risks among rural residents and offers comparisons with urban and suburban residents. Only 69 percent of rural residents describe themselves as being in “excellent” or “good” health, which is less than what is reported by urban (80 percent) and suburban residents (78 percent), according to the 7th Annual Consumer Health Care Survey.


COVID-19 Poses Unprecedented Threat to Retirement Security of US Workers

May 2020

Retirement Security Amid COVID-19: The Outlook of Three Generations Report examines the retirement risks faced by Millennials, Generation X, and Baby Boomers. Twenty-three percent of workers who are employed or recently unemployed say their confidence in their ability to retire comfortably has declined in light of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the 20th Annual Retirement Survey.

Women’s Retirement Insecurity Is a Global Concern
February 2020

Global research offers insights for improving retirement outlook of women. Globally, only 21 percent of women workers (25 percent U.S.) believe they are on course to achieve their retirement income needs, according to The New Social Contract: Achieving retirement equality for women, based on an annual survey of 15 countries spanning Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia. It is a collaboration between Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement (ACLR), and nonprofits Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies® (TCRS) and Instituto de Longevidade Mongeral Aegon.


Fewer than Four in 10 U.S. Workers Are Aware of a Tax Credit for Retirement Savers

January 2020

Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies offers tips on how to claim the Saver’s Credit. Fewer than four in ten U.S. workers (38 percent) know about a tax credit that may help them save for retirement, according to the 19th Annual Retirement Survey. Also referred to as the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Saver’s Credit, is available to eligible taxpayers who are saving for retirement.


Improving U.S. Retirement Security Requires Addressing Demographic Disparities

December 2019

Compendium of Findings About U.S. Workers Report offers detailed perspectives on retirement readiness. Today’s workers have saved $50,000 (estimated median) in all household retirement accounts, but savings vary dramatically across demographic segments, according to the 19th Annual Retirement Survey.

Employer-based Health Coverage Remains Strong, With Concerns about Affordability
December 2019

Mental health employee benefits are important for U.S. employers. Ninety-six percent of employers believe improving mental health in the workplace is good for their business, but only 65% indicate their company provides adequate mental health services, according to the 7th Annual Employer Healthcare Survey.

Nineteen Facts That Illuminate Women’s Retirement Risks
November 2019

19 Facts About Women's Retirement Outlook Report outlines vulnerabilities and opportunities for women to improve their retirement outlook. Only 12 percent of women workers are “very” confident that they will be able to fully retire with a comfortable lifestyle, according to the 19th Annual Retirement Survey. 
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Americans Largely Pleased with Health Coverage but Concerned about Affordability
October 2019

Americans Settle in During Healthcare Uncertainty Report finds more than half of workers stay at their job to keep health benefits. Six years after Health Insurance Exchanges were first launched as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Americans report they are largely satisfied with their healthcare options, according to the 7th Annual Consumer Health Care Survey.

Employers Play a Critical Role in Improving Workers’ Retirement Security
October 2019

Employers: The Retirement Security Challenge Report finds employers should do more to help employees financially prepare for older age. Only 17 percent of employers are very confident that their employees will be able to achieve a financially secure retirement, an alarming statistic given the societal role they play in helping workers financially prepare for older age, according to the 19th Annual Retirement Survey.

Transamerica Institute Announces Colorado's Above-Fifty Employment Strategies (CAFES) Employer Survey
August 2019

Transamerica Institute, in collaboration with the University of Iowa College of Public Health, is seeking Colorado business participation in a survey on age-friendly workplaces to identify best practices for recruiting and retaining age 50+ workers. Grant funding for this research has been provided by the Colorado-based NextFifty Initiative.

The Self-Employed Are Defying Retirement While Overlooking Essential Preparations
July 2019

Self-Employed: Defying and Redefining Retirement Report examines the preparations, expectations, and vulnerabilities of the self-employed. Only 26 percent of the self-employed are “very much” looking forward to retirement according to the 19th Annual Retirement Survey.

Millennial Healthcare Preferences Are A Departure From The Status Quo
May 2019

Millennials: Digital Natives Disrupting Healthcare Trends Report shows that Millennials are less insured, less satisfied, and visit the doctor less. Millennials (16 percent) are more likely to be uninsured compared with the older generations (12 percent of Gen X and 8 percent of Boomers), an increasing trend since 2016, according to the 6th Annual Consumer Healthcare Survey. When asked why they lack insurance, 60 percent of uninsured Millennials say it is too expensive. More than the older generations, uninsured Millennials say that they do not have time to acquire coverage. 

Empowerment Is the Cornerstone of the New Social Contract for Retirement
May 2019

Global research highlights the need for collective action by individuals, governments, and employers. The New Social Contract: Empowering individuals in a transitioning world focuses on how individuals can take greater control over their retirement security with the support of governments, employers, and other social partners. The research report is based on a global survey of 16,000 workers and retirees in 15 countries spanning the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. It is a collaboration among Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement (ACLR) and nonprofits Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies® (TCRS) and Instituto de Longevidade Mongeral Aegon.


What Is “Retirement”? Today’s Workers Say That It Is Freedom

April 2019

In this era in which people have the potential to live longer than in any other time in history, a time when workers are grappling with how to financially prepare for older age, What is "Retirement"? Three Generations Prepare for Older Age Report explores the perspectives and preparations of American workers and what "retirement" personally means to them. Workers most often associate retirement with the words “freedom” (55 percent), “enjoyment” (53 percent), and “stress-free” (43 percent), according to the 19th Annual Retirement Survey. 

Rocky Retirement Prospects of Workers in Physically Demanding Jobs
March 2019

The 7th Annual Global Retirement Readiness Survey highlights imminent risks and outlines mitigating actions to take. Few workers in physically demanding jobs or “physical workers” feel they are on track to meet their estimated retirement income needs (31 percent U.S., 21 percent global), according to a global research report. The Unique Retirement Challenges of Workers in Physically Demanding Jobs Report is based on a survey of physical workers in 15 countries spanning the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. It is a collaboration among Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement (ACLR) and nonprofits Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies® (TCRS) and Instituto de Longevidade Mongeral Aegon.

Eat Healthier Flavorful Favorites with New Healthy Italian Cookbook
February 2019

Jump start a new year of healthy eating with 18 classic Italian recipes. Healthier Traditions: Italian Cookbook facilitates healthy eating habits year-round, which is now available for users to download online for free. This marks the fourth edition of the Healthier Traditions Cookbook series, with previous free versions including healthier takes on Soul Food, Regional American Classics and Traditional Mexican dishes.


Six in Ten American Workers Aren’t Aware of a Valuable Tax Credit Available to Retirement Savers.

January 2019

Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies (TCRS) offers tips on how to claim the Saver’s Credit. Most American workers are unaware of an important tax credit that may help them save for retirement. The Saver’s Credit, also referred to as the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), is available to eligible taxpayers who are saving for retirement. Unfortunately, 62 percent of workers are unaware of the credit, according to the 19th Annual Retirement Survey.

Transamerica Institute's Catherine Collinson Named an Influencer in Aging by PBS Next Avenue
September 13, 2018

Transamerica Institute congratulates our very own, Catherine Collinson, who has been named Influencer in Aging by PBS Next Avenue for her work in pushing traditional boundaries and changing our society's understanding of what it means to grow older.

Transamerica Institute Releases The Many Faces of Caregivers: A Close-Up Look at Caregiving and Its Impacts
September 19, 2017

Transamerica Institute releases a national survey of 3,000+ non-professional caregivers, the largest of its kind. The survey examines caregivers' duties and highlights the impact caregiving has on personal health and well-being, employment, finances and retirement preparations. The report offers an in-depth analysis and demographic portraits of caregivers by employment status, gender, generation, household income, ethnicity, and whether they are the primary caregiver and became a caregiver voluntarily or not. The report also offers detailed findings about care recipients, including their health status and financial situation.