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2019 Hot Topics in Retirement and Financial Wellbeing

To recognize the 15th anniversary of the Hot Topics in Retirement and Financial Wellbeing report, we looked back at how much has changed over the last decade-and-a-half. And make no mistake, very much has changed: The economy underwent a recession and a recovery, our mobile devices evolved from phones to pocket-sized computers, and millennials have surpassed baby boomers as America’s largest generation. 

These changes came along with shifts in the employer benefits space—particularly as they relate to retirement plans. When we compare today’s data to some of the headlines from our Hot Topics reports that were issued five, 10 and 15 years ago, we find that many employer concerns have vanished—while other thoughts have evolved into new initiatives.

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