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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

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.

Gen X

Oct 21, 2015

Greg and Catherine discuss  the implications of the first group of Generation Xers turning 50.

White House Conference on Aging

Oct 6, 2015

Greg and Catherine discuss the 2015 White House Conference on Aging which Catherine attended.

Nest Egg

Sep 21, 2015

Greg and Catherine discuss the nest eggs of retiring Baby Boomers and how to make sure their savings will last.

Candid Conversations

Sep 14, 2015

Greg and Catherine discuss the candid conversations we need to have when taking care of our elderly parents as they grow older.

Elder Abuse

Aug 24, 2015
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With Americans living longer than ever before, we look at the topic of elder abuse/elder fraud.

Sixty Somethings

Aug 10, 2015

Retirement throughout the ages looking at the "Sixty somethings".

Fifty Somethings

Jul 27, 2015

  Retirement is on the horizon for the "Fifty Somethings".

40 Somethings

Jul 14, 2015

The third part in a series looking at different age groups and how they are preparing for retirement.

30 Somethings

Jun 29, 2015
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The second part in a series looking at different age groups and how they are preparing for retirement.

20 Somethings

Jun 16, 2015

The first in a five segment series looking at retirement throughout the ages.

Habitual Savers

Jun 9, 2015

Those individuals that display a higher level of retirement preparedness.

Get Your Financial House In Order

May 26, 2015
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What are the steps and documents you need to have your financial house in order.

Phased Retirement

May 5, 2015

How baby boomers are changing the landscape of retirement, and how to make sure you're taking the right steps to retire the way you want to.

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What is the expected amount you will need in retirement?

Retirement Investing

Apr 7, 2015
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  The fundamentals of retirement investing.

Know Your Retirement

Mar 16, 2015
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  Important milestones on your way to retirement.

ClearPath - America Saves Week

Feb 24, 2015
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Set your goals, make a plan and SAVE!

  What steps do you need to take to get your financial house in order.

ClearPath - The Savers Credit

Jan 27, 2015
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What is the Savers Credit?

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A special one-hour edition of ClearPath  at 7 pm with guest experts Nicole Duritz, AARP, and Mary Beth Franklin, InvestmentNews will offer unique insights and clear-cut advice about Medicare and Social Security benefits, and the decisions Americans getting ready for retirement need to make.

A special one hour edition of ClearPath with guest experts Kimberly Palmer, US News & World Report, and Erin Hemlin, nonprofit Young Invincibles, talk about the long-term health and wealth of Millennials and share what they should be doing to prepare for their eventual retirement security, as well as unique health care options for these young Americans.

The IRS is increasing the maximum amount that taxpayer can contribute.

Employment Retirement Benefits

Dec 30, 2014

As economy has recovered, what have employers done to help employees with retirement benefits offerings?


  How have boomers changed the typical perceptions around retirement.

Gen X Catch Up Contributions

Nov 24, 2014

Don't be discouraged.  There is time to "catch up" on your retirement savings.

This show also aired on 11/24/14

Make a Backup Plan

Oct 7, 2014
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Things to think about during Open Enrollment.

This segment was rebroadcast on 10/13/14

Millennial Retirement Update

Sep 15, 2014

The challenges that face millennials as they plan for retirement.

Also aired on September 22, 2014