Steve Utkus

Steve Utkus

Steve Utkus oversees the Vanguard Center for Retirement Research, which studies many aspects of retirement in America—from how individuals start saving and investing in the early part of their careers, to how they prepare for actual retirement, to how they spend down their savings once they’re retired. Steve is particularly interested in behavioral finance—the study of how rational decision-making is influenced by human psychology. His current research interests also include the ways employers design retirement programs, and new developments in retirement in other countries. Steve holds a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He began working at Vanguard in 1987 and has served as director of the Center for Retirement Research since 2001. Steve is also a visiting scholar at the Wharton School.

Recent blog posts by Steve Utkus

Retirement

Retirement blues

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal tells a sad tale of retirement preparedness: The typical pre-retiree baby boomer has less than one-quarter of what he or she needs in a 401(k) plan to retire.

In my view, this … Read more

Retirement

A tactical approach to retirement (part 2)

In my January 25 post, I looked at two tactical retirement issues: improving savings rates and evaluating portfolio risk levels. In this post, I’ll wrap up with three additional ideas.… Read more

Retirement

A tactical approach to retirement (part 1)

In my January 5 post, I wrote about big developments shaping retirement in 2011. In this and an upcoming post, we’ll look at simple retirement planning tactics individual investors may want to consider.

1. Savings rates. There’s a … Read more

Retirement

Retirement themes for 2011

Here are several “big picture” retirement themes I expect to hear more of in the coming year. I’ll come back later in the month with a post on personal retirement tactics.… Read more

Taxes

Taxes and Roth conversions

Year-end is fast approaching, and based on web traffic it seems like the question of converting traditional IRA savings to Roth savings looms large. Congress has added to the buzz by allowing the conversion of certain pre-tax 401(k) money into … Read more

Economy & markets

The balance sheet recession

It was such a small news item in the paper I almost missed it. A hometown bank was being acquired by a rival. For a fraction of its estimated value. The reason: large real estate losses.

As I travel around … Read more

Retirement

Understanding 401(k) fees

As I’ve discussed in prior blog posts, 401(k) account balances for many Americans have recovered as a result of better financial markets and ongoing contributions. In tandem, the debate over 401(k)s has shifted—to the question of fees.

Critics share … Read more

Economy & markets

How history might see the stimulus

A Word of Clarification
My blog post below has struck a chord with some of you. As a Vanguard blogger, I am charged with sharing my personal and professional perspectives on issues facing investors. The post, prompted by a discussion Read more

Retirement

Annuities for retirement income?

Vanguard is not an insurance company, but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate the potential value that some see in having a guaranteed income in retirement.
In fact, you may have heard that Vanguard recently introduced Vanguard Annuity Access™, … Read more

Personal finance

Savings vs. stimulus

The current economic recovery is weak, but that’s hardly news. There are many explanations for this meager improvement, but perhaps one of the most telling is a large jump in personal savings in the United States.… Read more

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