Alicia Munnell Of the Center for Retirement Research Shares Her Extensive Social Security Knowledge And Advice

Welcome to episode #14 of Social Security: Answers From The Experts with Martha Shedden. In this episode Martha sits down with Alicia Munnell and they discuss the major issues facing Social Security and retirees at the moment. With Alicia’s extensive knowledge on these issues this is certainly an episode you’ll want to listen to.

Alicia H. Munnell is the Peter F. Drucker Professor of Management Sciences at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. She also serves as the director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Before joining Boston College in 1997, Alicia Munnell was a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (1995-1997) and assistant secretary of the Treasury for economic policy (1993-1995). Previously, she spent 20 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (1973-1993), where she became senior vice president and director of research in 1984. She has published many articles, authored numerous books, and edited several volumes on tax policy, Social Security, public and private pensions, and productivity.

Here is what to expect on this week’s show:

●A little bit about Alicia’s very impressive background and what inspired her to study economics and become interested in retirement issues.
●Does the Center for Retirement Research’s studies make a high level impact on policy?
●Why does Alicia feel that Social Security is the most valuable program that the U.S. government runs?
●Is there a political will to fix the issues that Social Security is currently facing?
●How is it that a program that pretty much everyone loves continues to not get enough attention?
●A look into the incredible opportunity that is reverse mortgages and why people are ignoring this amazing option for their financial life.
●A look at how 401k and IRAs are operating for retirees and soon-to-be retirees and suggestions about how to look at them.
●Besides just saving more what can people do to secure their retirement finances in a better way?
●How Alicia’s time at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has informed her views on saving for retirement.
●What actions would Alicia take to help keep Social Security solvent and healthy?

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