Current law provides rights to spouses of retirement plan participants. Protections are stronger in defined benefit (DB) plans than in defined contribution (DC) plans.
Defined contribution plan account holders should have to obtain written spousal consent to take payment from the account in a form other than a joint-and-survivor annuity.
Intergenerational cooperation and collaboration can improve the lives of older and younger Americans. The growing number of older people is a rich bank of human capital.
Providers of credit- and debt-related services should be licensed in each state in which they operate.
Policymakers should require providers of credit- and debt-related services to provide written contracts to consumers.
Financial capability initiatives should increase the ability of all people to make informed decisions about the use and management of money.
Bankruptcy law should increase consumer protections.
Policymakers should create and rigorously enforce consumer protections in mortgage lending.
Policymakers should issue strong consumer protections against abusive loan servicing practices.