Family Finances

Households “At Risk”: A Closer Look at the Bottom Third

October 1, 2007  • Financial Security Program

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The National Retirement Risk Index (NRRI) provides a measure of the percentage of households that will be unable to maintain their standard of living in retirement. This issue brief, written in collaboration with the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, looks at the bottom third of the population, examines how their retirement risk has changed over the last 20 years, and forecasts the outlook for this group of Americans. It finds that the percentage of Americans “at risk” will increase and discusses the implication for poverty among the elderly in the future.