• So, in this ideal retirement scheme, Americans would respond to the prospect of a diminishing Social Security stipend by initiating or enhancing personal accounts.

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  • This is hardly the time to be moving workers into a defined contribution retirement scheme that 84% of the nation regards as a catastrophic blunder.

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  • Many men took advantage of an early-retirement scheme a decade ago.

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  • To prevent a sharp increase in the budget deficit in the short term, the new government may eliminate research and development tax credits for businesses and reduce tax credits and government subsidies for the KiwiSaver retirement savings scheme.

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  • Mr Bassolino had earlier proposed to create some new jobs by a scheme for early retirement, but nobody else in government sounded keen.

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  • The trust funds of both Social Security and Medicare are shrinking, and the reduction in FICA tax rates further depletes Social Security and speeds its transition from mock retirement fund to de facto welfare scheme.

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  • Another problem is that employees may assume that their retirement needs will be satisfied by the scheme.

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  • People who worked for the state, in state-owned companies or in state-approved collectives, enjoyed cradle-to-grave benefits ranging from housing, education and health care to a generous pension scheme, with an official retirement age of 55 for men and 50 for women for manual workers (but five years more for white-collar workers) and a replacement rate of about 80% of final salary.

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  • Under the traditional Japanese system, employees qualified for a lump sum at retirement (over and above the state pension scheme) after 30 years at the same firm, which strongly discouraged mid-career moves.

    ECONOMIST: Still work to be done

  • But some firms, most famously Matsushita, a big electronics manufacturer, have introduced a new scheme in which employees waive the lump sum at retirement in return for a higher salary.

    ECONOMIST: Still work to be done

  • But some employees--for example, young folks who leave DuPont for another job well before retirement--could end up better off than under the old scheme.

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  • The tax system could be changed to encourage more people to use the scheme, he suggests: as things stand, the tax on traditional retirement income is low, but the tax treatment of portable personal pensions is comparatively ungenerous.

    ECONOMIST: Still work to be done

  • The scheme's costs have been monitored and the rules adjusted by raising payroll contributions and extending the retirement age.

    ECONOMIST: The retired are always supported by their children

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