Planning Your Retirement with Confidence

NASAA Offers Workplace Retirement Planning Assistance

WASHINGTON, DC (February 22, 2010) – In recognition of America Saves Week, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) is launching “Planning Your Retirement With Confidence,” a new investor education program designed to bring retirement planning assistance to the workplace.

NASAA developed the program in response to the needs of increasing numbers of workers who are planning for retirement amid a decline in the traditional safety net of defined benefit pension plans. The “Planning Your Retirement With Confidence” program provides these workers with the resources and information they need to build and protect their retirement savings.

“The responsibility for financial security in retirement rests largely on the shoulders of today’s workers,” said NASAA President and Texas Securities Commissioner Denise Voigt Crawford. “State and provincial securities regulators want to make sure that these workers are provided accurate and unbiased financial information.”

The “Planning Your Retirement With Confidence” program helps prepare pre-retirees for the financial challenges they will face in retirement through workplace seminars led by investor education experts from state and provincial securities regulatory agencies. The seminars, developed by NASAA’s Informed Investor Outreach Project Group, address the specific retirement planning needs of individuals at every stage of their working lives – early career, mid-career, near retirement and retirement.

Employers interested in hosting a “Planning Your Retirement With Confidence” seminar at their workplace can contact their local state or provincial securities regulator. Contact information for all state and provincial securities regulators is available at here.

NASAA is a proud partner of the Consumer Federation of America’s America Saves Week, which aims to promote personal savings and improve financial education. For more information on America Saves Week, visit www.americasavesweek.org.

State securities regulators mark America Saves Week by reminding investors to “investigate before they invest” their hard-earned savings. The “Planning Your Retirement With Confidence” program highlights the need for investors to ask their local state securities regulator for detailed information about their broker, adviser or investment product before they hand over any retirement funds. For more information on the “Planning Your Retirement With Confidence” program, click here.

NASAA is the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection. Its membership consists of the securities administrators in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada and Mexico.

For more information:
Bob Webster, Director of Communications
Leah Szarek, Assistant Manager of Communications & Investor Education
(202) 737-0900

2010 Headlines, Newsroom