The Predictable Surprise: The Unraveling of the U.S. Retirement System

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bySylvester J. Schieber

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Social Security is in jeopardy, private pension systems have fallen apart, and workers are trying to save on their own for retirement with the stock market in the worst shape since the Great Depression. In The Predictable Surprise, Sylvester J. Schieber shows that forewarnings of the comingretirement crisis have been apparent for decades, but we have never mustered the political will to address the problem. This book explains how we have gotten into the retirement predicament and where we can go from here. Schieber, a renowned authority on this topic, provides a compact, insightfulhistory of Social Security, pension plans, and other retirement options, highlighting both their original justifications and the point when things began to go wrong. He brings his discussion right up to the present morass and concludes with suggestions as to how we can reform our retirement system.Our situation is not hopeless, Schieber concludes, if we take on some of these issues and resolve them. If we do not, we will severely jeopardize the prosperity of younger generations.

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Social Security is in jeopardy, private pension systems have fallen apart, and workers are trying to save on their own for retirement with the stock market in the worst shape since the Great Depression. In The Predictable Surprise, Sylvester J. Schieber shows that forewarnings of the comingretirement crisis have been apparent for decad...

Sylvester J. Schieber is Former Chairman of the Social Security Advisory Board, and the author or editor of numerous books on various aspects of population aging and retirement.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:July 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Foundations and Fault Lines1. Retirement USA2. Early Motivations behind the Pension MovementPart II: Social Security, the dream and reality3. Development and Passage of the Social Security Act4. Early Concerns Prove Nagging and Persistent5. Moving to Pay-as-You-Go Financing6. A Deal too Good to Last7. Operations under Pay-as-You-Go Financing8. Crisis Reactions: Conflict, Consensus and Surprise9. Sorting out the Trust Fund Semantics and Realities10. Policy Stalemate at the Demographic Divide11. Understanding Social Security in Modern TimesPart III: Employer-based pension provision12. Employer Pensions Taking Root13. Growing pains for Private Retirement Plans14. ERISA: the Transition to a New Regulatory Regime15. The 1980s, a Decade of Regulatory Schizophrenia16. Good Intentions Gone Awry17. Some Good News--or Not18. The Unfolding of a Predictable Defined Benefit Surprise19. And Then, a Predictable Defined Contribution Surprise20. Public pensions: the good, the bad and the uglyPart IV: Delivering benefits and providing retirement security21. Retirement Income Security and Workers' Residuals22. End Game: A Gold Watch, Pat on the Back and More23. We've Killed the Goose, Let's Gild the Eggs24. Tax Benefits and Benefit Taxes25. Retiree Health Benefits: Misfortune or MalpracticePart V: Truth and consequences26. The Fellow Behind the Tree27. Securing the Social Security Foundation28. Securing Tax-Favored Benefits and Living Standards29. Remembering the Future

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"Those who hope to tackle one of the biggest public policy issues of the next decade should imbibe Sylvester Schieber's The Predictable Surprise: The Unraveling of the U.S. Retirement System." --World