During this unprecedented time, the CRR is on the case. Consistent with our mission, we are exploring how COVID-19 will impact retirement security from all angles. Our current resources are below.

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Economic and Health Data

“Companies That Have Suspended Their 401(k) Match During 2020” 
“U.S. Deaths Involving COVID-19 Reported to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” 
“Monthly Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims as a Percentage of the Labor Force” 
“Weekly Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims” 
“Change in Unemployment Rate in Recent Recessions and 2020, by Gender and Age” 


Squared Away by CRR Blogger Kim Blanton

“COVID-19 Could Increase US Inequality” (4/23/20)
“More Cuts to 401k Matches are Coming” (4/14/20)
“Social Security Tapped More in Downturn” (4/9/20)
“Boomers Facing Tough Financial Decisions” (3/31/20)
“Money Shame Surfaces in Tough Times” (3/26/20)
“Privilege in the Age of the Coronavirus” (3/17/20)
“Market Drops Hit Those Who Don’t Invest” (3/12/20) 

MarketWatch by CRR Director Alicia H. Munnell

“Employers Start to Suspend Their 401(k) Match” (4/21/20)
“Suspending the RMD Rules for 2020 Is a Good Move” (4/14/20)
“Congress Missed a Big Opportunity in the CARES Legislation” (4/6/20)
“Why Do So Many People Need Financial Help?” (3/30/20)
“Why Suspending the Social Security Payroll Tax Is a Terrible Idea” (3/24/20)

Legislative Changes

Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (enacted 3/6/20)
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (enacted 3/18/20)
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (enacted 3/27/20)

CRR in the News

Retirement Income Journal: “Please Don’t Raid Your Retirement Account” (4/16/20)
Yahoo! Finance: “Some Firms Pause 401(k) Match Program amid Coronavirus” (4/8/20)
Money Magazine: “Here’s What to Do if Your Company Cuts its 401(k) Match” (4/2/20)
Bloomberg Tax: “Emergency Cash Option in Virus Law Has Major Strings Attached” (4/2/20)
Bloomberg Businessweek: “Coronavirus Shock Is Destroying Americans’ Retirement Dreams” (3/26/20)
Barron’s: “Coronavirus Bills Allow Investors to Tap 401(k)s Penalty-Free and Waive RMDs” (3/24/20)
Route Fifty: “What the Coronavirus Stock Meltdown Could Mean for Pensions” (3/18/20)
Forbes: “8 Ways Coronavirus Will Drastically Alter Boomer Retirements” (3/16/20)

CRR Research on the 2008-2009 Recession

“The Effects of the Great Recession on the Retirement Security of Older Workers”
“Are Retirement Savings Too Exposed to Market Risk?”
“The Financial Crisis and Private Defined Benefit Plans”
“The Financial Crisis and State/Local Defined Benefit Plans”
“Recessions and Older Workers”
“The National Retirement Risk Index: After The Crash”
“Why Did Some Employers Suspend Their 401(k) Match?”
“401(k) Plans in 2010: An Update from the SCF”
“Who Claimed Social Security Early Due to the Great Recession?”

From Our Affiliates

Brookings Institution: “Resources on Coronavirus [COVID-19]”
Mathematica: “COVID-19 Curated Data, Modeling, and Policy Resources”
Urban Institute: “COVID-19: Policies to Protect People and Communities”


This page was last updated on April 23, 2020.