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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

Retirement Mistakes to Avoid

Mar 20, 2017

According to the Government Office of Accounting 29% of households age 55 or over have no savings of pensions. Half of American households have no retirement savings. In today's episode of Clear Path, Catherine Collinson shares some retirement mistakes to avoid.

Self-Employed Savers

Feb 13, 2017
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On today's episode, Catherine identifies some of the challenges employees in the "gig economy" have with retirement planning.

A Retirement Backup Plan

Jan 30, 2017
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Catherine shares how older adults can create a backup plan in case retirement comes sooner than expected.

Retirement 101

Jan 16, 2017

Greg Tucker and Catherine Collinson discuss the basics of workplace retirement savings.

Making Financial Resolutions

Jan 2, 2017
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Catherine Collinson shares four essential tips for setting financial goals in 2017.

Holiday Discussions

Dec 20, 2016

Having financial discussion around the holidays can feel uncomfortable but it is the perfect time.

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With Americans living longer what are the most important things in planning your retirement.

Holiday Financial Discussions

Nov 21, 2016

The holidays are an ideal time to discuss financial issues.

Retirement Priorities

Nov 7, 2016

Greg and Catherine discuss retirement security:  How we will be able to financially support our expanding lifespan and how this issue is being addressed in our upcoming elections.


Oct 31, 2016


Millennials are now officially  Americans largest generation. Greg and Catherine discuss millennials and their retirement readiness.

Baby Boomers In The Workforce

Oct 17, 2016

How realistic is it for boomers to retire and what can be done to increase resources.

Gen X

Oct 3, 2016

Senate Committee II

Sep 29, 2016
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Catherine Collinson recently spoke before the Senate Committee on Aging and state of retirement security in America.

Senate Committee on Aging

Sep 12, 2016
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Catherine Collinson recently spoke before the Senate Committee on Aging.

Savings Nudge

Aug 8, 2016

Greg and Catherine discuss how Americans are not saving enough for retirement and exactly what it is preventing them from saving for the future.  

Stay Active

Jul 27, 2016

Greg and Catherine discuss trends and insights about life long learning, staying engaged and continuing to work, learn and keep skills up to date as we all live longer.

Retirement Savings

Jul 12, 2016

Greg and Catherine discuss how pension plans are becoming a thing of the past and how the new trend in 401K's and IRA's are changing saving at the workplace.

Aging In Place

Jun 14, 2016
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  People are beginning to stay in place as they move into retirement.


Jun 7, 2016

Greg and Catherine share some insights about the realities of travel and retirement.

Volunteering in Retirement

May 23, 2016

More and more retirees are spending their time volunteering.

What is Retirement Really Like?

Apr 18, 2016

Greg and Catherine discuss what it's really like out there for current retirees.


Prioritize Retirement Savings

Apr 3, 2016

Greg and Catherine discuss the unforeseen challenges of retirement and what we should be thinking about when it comes to retirement planning and how to plan for the unexpected.

Improving Women's Retirement

Mar 14, 2016

Greg and Catherine discuss how women are fairing with retirement readiness and the current realities of women retiring compared to men.

IRS Free File

Mar 1, 2016

Greg and Catherine help us get through tax season by discussing some very practical benefits in the IRS tax code that you might not be aware of.

The Saver's Credit

Feb 9, 2016

Greg and Catherine discuss a tax credit seemingly unknown to many Americans called the Saver's Credit and how it can help lower your taxes this year.


Jan 5, 2016

Greg and Catherine discuss the challenges of saving for retirement and a new way to do so called myRA (My Retirement Account).

Wisdom From Retirees

Dec 22, 2015

Greg and Catherine discuss how the face of retirement has changed based on people living longer, and what a new survey from retirees reveals about what they would have done differently.

Year End Check Up

Dec 7, 2015

Greg and Catherine discuss how to go about doing an end of the year financial checklist.

Where To Live

Nov 17, 2015

Greg and Catherine discuss where you want to live when you retire to optimize your resources and ensure a high quality of life


Nov 3, 2015

Greg and Catherine discuss what homemakers should be doing to plan for their retirement years.