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Upcoming event: “Retirement Savings in Australia, Asia and Beyond: What are the Lessons for the US?”



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Retirement Savings in Australia, Asia and Beyond:

What are the Lessons for the US?

Tuesday September 17, 2013
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
The Brookings Institution - Saul/Zilkha Rooms
1775 Massachusetts Av., NW, Washington, DC

The Retirement Security Project and the AARP Public Policy Institute invite you to a discussion of what we might learn from retirement savings systems in Australia and Asia.

Australia's mandatory Superannuation Guarantee requires its citizens to save at least 9 percent of their income towards retirement.  In many Asian nations, economic growth has spurred reexamination of pension systems to meet the needs of rapidly evolving societies.

Opening speakers include Nick Sherry, who helped shape the Australian system as a cabinet minister and ran a Superannuation fund in the private sector, and Josef Pilger, an advisor on pension reform to both the Malaysian and Hong Kong governments and many industry providers.  Our panel of retirement experts from both the United States and the United Kingdom will consider how reforms in Australia and Asia can shape the American debate and whether this country should adopt key features. The conference will explore:

* Whether a mandatory retirement savings plan like Australia's would be more effective the current US voluntary system with automatic enrollment and automatic escalation.
* How Asian nations have restructured their pension systems to deal with legacy costs and their experience with establishing retirement savings plans. 
* What Americans can learn from the way Australia's industry funds use both employer and employee representatives to shape investment choices.


*Nick Sherry, former Australian Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law
* Josef Pilger, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Pension Practice Leader, Ernst & Young Sydney


* Steve Utkus, Principal, Vanguard Center for Retirement Research
* David Harris, Managing Director, Tor Financial Consulting, Ltd.
* Benjamin Harris, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute

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Anne Leah said...

It's great to know their stories while in their retirement years. It gives me idea on what criteria should I set when I get to choose ny retirement community. I want to have a happy and satisfying retirement years.

randy cox said...

Great topic to start discussion. Years of hard work all leads to secured life only if there is a right plan for retirement.
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