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Catherine 2021

Catherine Collinson

President and CEO, Transamerica Institute and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies

Catherine Collinson is the founding president and CEO of nonprofit Transamerica Institute and its Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, and she is a champion for Americans who are at risk of not achieving a financially secure retirement. With two decades of retirement industry-related experience, Catherine is a nationally recognized voice on workforce, aging, and retirement trends. She was named a 2018 Influencer in Aging by PBS’ Next Avenue. In 2016, she was honored with a Hero Award from Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) for her tireless efforts in helping improve retirement security among women.

For Catherine Collinson's full bio, visit www.transamericainstitute.org/about-us/our-team#collinson

  • Women have made tremendous progress in recent decades in terms of educational attainment and career opportunities, yet they continue to be at greater risk than men of not achieving a financially secure retirement.
  • Saving, investing, and planning for a financially secure retirement is a major challenge for just about everyone. It can be especially difficult for some people more than others.
  • In late December, as many people were taking time off to celebrate the holidays, the President and Congress passed new legislation. The SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022 gets its name from Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement. It’s aptly named 2.0 because it’s a follow up to the SECURE Act of 2019. It has dozens of new provisions aimed at improving retirement security among U.S. workers.
  • Taxes unite us. How, you ask? Most people don’t like paying taxes – and many don’t like preparing them, either. A survey by Wallet Hub found that 35% of people would rather miss a connecting flight, and 17% would rather swim with sharks than do their taxes. But, as Benjamin Franklin wrote, “In this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.” And it’s that time of year again.
  • The new year is here!! As we call it a wrap for the last year (2022) and settle into the new year (2023), it’s an excellent time to review our finances and plan for the future.
  • Happy Holidays!! It’s hard to believe they’re finally here. After nearly three long years of the pandemic, many families will be reuniting, some for the first time since 2019. With this, comes a time for celebration, family, friends, and food.A lot of things come to mind when we think about holiday festivities. And my strong hunch is that for many people, discussions about personal finances are not on the list.
  • The holiday season is upon us, and fortunately, as we continue to emerge from the pandemic, our gatherings and celebrations may finally be returning to normal – or at least in comparison to the previous two years. However, on the flip side, this year brings a new concern into the mix – there's always something – and that would be rising prices that could just make the return to normal holiday gift-giving, gatherings, and travel more expensive for consumers.
  • Today’s episode spotlights and salutes the estimated 53 million unpaid family caregivers in the U.S.1 They perform an invaluable labor of love that typically comes without any form of compensation but carries potentially negative implications for their own health and financial well-being.
  • Al Waller and Catherine Collinson discuss the various types of life insurance and how they work.
  • Al Waller and Catherine Collinson discuss the retirement status of the four current generations (Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Z and Millennials).