Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Americans Accumulate Substantial Retirement Assets in IRAs

From the Investment Company Institute:

IRA Ownership Widespread Across U.S. Population

Washington, DC, November 23, 2009 - Americans are accumulating significant resources in individual retirement accounts (IRAs) through rollovers from employer-sponsored retirement plans and contributions, according to a new report published today by the Investment Company Institute. At year-end 2008, IRAs accounted for one-quarter of all U.S. retirement wealth and 8.5 percent of total U.S. household financial assets.

The report, The Evolving Role of IRAs in U.S. Retirement Planning, found that changes in law and the evolution of employer-sponsored retirement plans have elevated the importance of IRAs for many U.S. households. IRA ownership was widespread across many different demographic dimensions, including age, income, and educational attainment, with 40.5 percent of U.S. households owning some type of IRA.

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