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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

401K Loans

Oct 3, 2017
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Catherine tells us about the dark side of 401K loans. 

Healthy Aging

Aug 29, 2017

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

How to Retire Early

Aug 14, 2017

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

Retirement Planning Mistakes

Jul 3, 2017
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Catherine shares her insight on the 3 most common retirement planning mistakes. 

401K Need-to-Knows

Jun 12, 2017

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

Retirement Savings Guesswork

Jun 6, 2017

How much do you need for retirement? Catherine discusses the factors that will lead you to the right conclusions.

Tips for Working Past 65

May 15, 2017
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On today's episode, Catherine gives some tips to improve prospects for those who want to work past the traditional retirement age. 

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As we live longer into our 80's and even 90's, planning your retirement can be challenging. How are people planning their finances into those later golden years.

New Job, New Retirement Options?

Apr 3, 2017

This week on ClearPath, we look at job changers and retirement options. If those job changers have been saving for retirement at the workplace they have to decide what to do with their retirement assets. Catherine guides us through some of their choices. 

Welcome to a Clear Path special on retirement risks for women. Our guests will share some strategies on what women can do to improve their prospects.


Catherine Collinson, President of the Transamerica Institute and the  Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies 

Cindy Hounsell, founder and president of WISER (The Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement)

Mary Beth Franklin, expert on financial planning and social security 

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.