Aspen Institute Publications

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Another Penny Saved: The Economic Benefit of Higher US Household Saving

June 24, 2014

On June 24, 2014, IFS Executive Director Lisa Mensah joined thought leaders from AARP, Putnam Investments, Oxford Economics, and LPL Financial to announce the release of a major research initiative undertaken by Oxford Economics, a leading economic consultancy, and co-sponsored by the Aspen Institute Initiative on Financial Security. Entitled Another Penny Saved: The Economic Benefit of Higher US...

Child Trust Funds: Renewing the Debate for Long-Term Savings Policies

William Zichawo, Colby Farber, Lisa Mensah
March 4, 2014

As policymakers examine the tax code and reevaluate our nation's priorities to promote economic security for households, children's savings accounts are one answer to the question of how families can invest in their futures and reinvigorate the American Dream. The power of child savings is that for a modest cost - starting each child with an account seeded with $500 - the lifelong positive impacts are...

2013 Financial Security Summit Report

Colby Farber
July 20, 2013

Smart savings policies belong in a pro-growth agenda and can be pursued through modest investments or targeted reforms that policymakers should champion and implement.  Industry leaders, consumer advocates, and households around the country acknowledge that the urgency to enact policies now that improve financial security does not just apply to lower-income Americans;...

Aspen IFS Testimony to Pensions/Retirement Working Group

April 10, 2013

As the House Ways and Means Committe embarks on a comprehensive examination of the tax code, Aspen IFS puts forward that a tax reform moment offers the opportunity to enhance retirement security for all American households. 

An Assets Agenda for an American Future: Building Our Financial Security on a Solid Rock

Lisa Mensah
September 19, 2012

Lisa Mensah, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Initiative on Financial Security (Aspen IFS), delivered a keynote address at the CFED Asset Learning Conference on September 19, 2012.  Mensah's remarks addressed strengthening our country's financial security foundation and the importance of the assets field.  

2012 Financial Security Summit Report

Colby Farber
August 1, 2012

The 2012 Aspen Institute Financial Security Summit was an exclusive gathering of top business leaders, experts, advocates, and media. The Summit advanced the dialogue on the public and private solutions that build more savings and wealth in American households, strengthen middle-class opportunity, and improve the economic future of the country.  


The Freedom Savings Credit: A Practical Step to Build Americans' Household Balance Sheets

Lisa Mensah, Raymond O'Mara III, Colby Farber, Robert Weinberger
February 17, 2012

Building Americans' household balance sheets should start with making savings and asset-building incentives more efficient and equitable. Although millions of working Americans currently receive little or no tax incentive to save, modest reforms to our tax code have the potential to dramatically improve their financial futures. The Aspen Institute on Financial Security (Aspen IFS) proposes the ...

Social Security: The House that Roosevelt Built

Pamela Perun, Patricia Dilley
July 28, 2011

Critics of the Social Security program are fond of labeling the Social Security trust fund as a fiction, claiming that the program is bankrupt, or disparaging the program’s legal basis as ephemeral and subject to the whims of Congress.  This brief sets the record straight on Social Security.  This paper demonstrates that Social Security is not an income transfer program from the young to the old,...

Retirement Savings: Confronting the Challenge of Longevity

Pamela Perun
October 26, 2010

As the world of defined contribution retirement savings has grown, and with the potential vast expansion of private retirement savings through automatic IRAs, the majority of savers now nearing retirement and in the generations to come will have nest eggs, which they will have primary responsibility for managing during retirement.  Providing Americans the tools to manage the risk of outliving one's...

The Case for Security Plus Annuities

Pamela Perun
October 18, 2010

 As Americans live longer and increasingly rely on 401(k) plan savings as a prominent source of income in retirement, they will need to find ways to convert their savings into income that lasts a lifetime. Because the financial situations and goals of American savers are diverse, they will need a variety of products and services to secure their income. The Aspen Institute Initiative on Financial...