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Catherine Collinson

President, Transamerica Institute and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies

Catherine Collinson serves as President of the Transamerica Institute and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, and is a retirement and market trends expert and champion for Americans who are at risk for not achieving a financially secure retirement. Catherine oversees all research and outreach initiatives, including the Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey.

With more than 15 years of retirement services experience, Catherine has become a nationally recognized voice on retirement trends for the industry. She has testified before Congress on matters related to employer-sponsored retirement plans among small business, which have featured the need to raise awareness of the Saver’s.  Credit among those who would benefit most from the important tax credit.

Catherine is regularly cited by top media outlets on retirement-related topics. Her expert commentary has appeared in major publications, including: The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Money, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Kiplinger's, CBS MoneyWatch, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Employee Benefits News and HR Magazine. She has also appeared on PBS' "Nightly Business Report," NPR’s "Marketplace" and CBS affiliates throughout the country.

Catherine speaks at major industry conferences each year, having appeared at events hosted by organizations including PSCA, LIMRA and PLANSPONSOR.  She also authors articles published in leading industry journals, such as ASPPA, SPARK and PSCA.

Ways to Connect

New Year, New Goals

Dec 31, 2018

Catherine and Al discuss setting personal and financial goals for the new year. 

Catherine discusses findings regarding workers' desires to work beyond the age of 65 versus what employers have in place to support them. 

Retirement and the Recession

Dec 3, 2018

Catherine tells us how retirement security in the U.S. has fared since the great recession. 

Financial Literacy

Nov 12, 2018

Having a baseline understanding of finances is more important now than ever before, especially as Americans are taking more responsibility for their retirement savings through 401Ks and similar plans. So how are we faring? Catherine tells us about the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies' 2018 Global Retirement Survey.

According to the National Institutes of Health, by 2060, the number of older adults in the U.S. who self-identify as LGBT will exceed 5 million. Catherine tells us about Transamerica's research on the retirement preparations of the LGBT community in nine different countries. 

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Small business employees account for nearly half of all workers, but small business owners often have a more difficult time offering retirement benefits than larger employers. Catherine shares insights from a recent Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies survey.

Unemployment is at a record low and talent is in high demand. Employers are constantly exploring options to attract talent and remain competitive. Catherine tells us how retirement benefits fit into this picture. 

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In today's news we often hear about the gender pay gap but there is a formidable retirement income gap as well. Catherine tells us more. 

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A new Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies report offers insights on the promises and pitfalls faced by Baby Boomers, Millenials and Gen X. Catherine tells us more. 

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Tens of millions of Americans are caregivers, and it has serious implications for their own retirement security. Catherine shares insights from a Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies report on caregivers.

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Catherine tells us what people should consider when mapping out a retirement budget.

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Catherine tells us about the growing trend of older American entrepreneurs.

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How are Generation X-ers and millenials preparing for retirement? Catherine tells us the trends. 

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Unlike other generations, millenials have racked up an enormous amount of debt. Because of that, they are not saving as they should be. Catherine shares her research on millenials and their retirement-readiness. 

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Catherine shares insights from her research about the significant financial challenges that caregivers face.

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Catherine explores what it takes to retire successfully ahead of the 65 year-mark.

Catherine helps us explore what it takes to successfully retire ahead of the 65 year mark.  

Catherine shares some insights and tips on how older workers can improve their prospects and continue to participate in the labor force.


Catherine details what you need to know about Roth 401Ks and gives tips about choosing the right retirement plan for your circumstance.

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A new study by the Transamerica Institute highlights the promises and pitfalls faced by 'Baby Boomers,' Generation X-ers and Millennials. As these younger groups could live longer lives, Catherine shares what the implications could be for retirement. 

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According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor roughly 30 percent of workers do not participate in their employers' 401K plan. Catherine tells us what employers can do to incentivize their workers to take advantage of retirement benefits. 


According to a recent study, 43.5 million people provide unpaid care to an adult or child. Catherine shares some insights about the financial implications of caregiving. 

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It may not be the happiest time of the year, but it's one of the most important when it comes to healthcare. Catherine shares some need-to-knows about open enrollment.

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Catherine clarifies the differences between retirement plans. 


Catherine shares some new research on caregivers.

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Catherine tells us about the dark side of 401K loans. 


Catherine shares insights on the importance of a healthy lifestyle in planning for our retirement. 


Catherine explores what it takes to retire successfully ahead of the 65-year-mark. 

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Catherine shares her insight on the 3 most common retirement planning mistakes. 


What do those in the job market need to be thinking about when it comes to 401K? Catherine gives us some insight.