Aspen Institute Publications

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Income Volatility: A Primer

May 1, 2016

Income volatility is a critical issue for understanding financial security today, which is why Aspen FSP is devoting the inaugural year of its new knowledge-synthesis initiative, the Expanding Prosperity Impact Collaborative (EPIC), to the issue. EPIC aims to be an evidence-based forum for gaining clarity about the nature of the problem, its...

Comment Letter: Proposed ERISA Safe Harbor for State Savings Arrangements

January 19, 2016

On January 19, 2016, FSP submitted public comments to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regarding DOL's recent proposal to establish a safe harbor from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) for savings arrangements established by states for non-governmental employees. FSP commends DOL for providing this legal guidance, which FSP believes will reduce confusion and uncertainty in...

Recent Department of Labor Rules Open the Door for States to Move Forward with Retirement Initiatives

January 5, 2016

On November 18, 2015, the Obama Administration's Department of Labor (DOL) published two important legal opinions that propose to give states new options for expanding retirement coverage for private-sector workers. These opinions open the door for states to move forward along one of two distinct paths: a payroll deduction plan that avoids ERISA, or a more traditional model that would fall under ERISA....

Reimagining Financial Security: Managing Risk and Building Wealth in an Era of Inequality

December 15, 2015

The 2015 Financial Security Summit, titled Reimagining Financial Security: Managing Risk and Building Wealth in an Era of Inequality, took place July 15–17 in Aspen, Colorado. The Summit agenda built on FSP's core themes of expanding retirement security and children’s savings accounts for low- and moderate-income families, and began to explore a broader vision of how to improve short- and long-...

Comment Letter: Process for Transferring myRA Account Balances to Private Sector Roth IRAs

October 23, 2015

On October 23, 2015, Aspen FSP submitted public comments to the U.S. Treasury Department regarding the myRA program, a no-fee retirement account invested in savings bonds and available to all Americans. Specifically, Aspen FSP provided feedback on how best to transfer myRA account balances to private sector Roth IRAs in the event that the myRA saver reaches the Transfer Threshold of $15,000 or 30 years...

2014 Financial Security Summit: Rapporteur's Report

Colby Farber
November 5, 2014

The 2014 Financial Security Summit examined how policymakers, the financial services industry, advocates, and academics can advance new policies and products to make it easier for households to build financial security and to reinvigorate the American Dream. 

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.