Here are some of the latest reports, surveys, and studies related to retirement, including research into IRAs and the IRS, and AARP's prescription price watch report.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office says that if you have an individual retirement account (IRA), you know its tax breaks can make it easier to save for retirement. Most IRAs hold investments in traditional assets like stocks and mutual funds. But if you want to invest in non-traditional assets like real estate or virtual currency, your IRA might run afoul of tax laws. You can, however, apply for an exemption from the Department of Labor. The IRS and Labor each have IRA oversight duties. Labor reviews these applications. The GAO reports that they saw evidence that Labor contacted IRS in only 8 of the 124 applications they reviewed. The GAO has recommended the agencies establish a formal collaboration process. Read more in U.S. Government Accountability Office: Individual Retirement Accounts: Formalizing Labor's and IRS's Collaborative Efforts Could Strengthen Oversight of Prohibited Transactions.

More of the latest retirement research:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Hospice Deficiencies Pose Risks to Medicare Beneficiaries and Safeguards Must Be Strengthened To Protect Medicare Hospice Beneficiaries From Harm

Brooking Institution: Automatic enrollment in 401(k) annuities: Boosting retiree lifetime income

Demographic Research: The threshold age of the lifetable entropy

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Medicare Part D Rebates for Prescriptions Filled at 340B Contract Pharmacies

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: Coordination of health care: experiences of information sharing between providers for patients aged 45 and over 2016

Urban Institute: Assessing the President's 2020 Budget: More for the Elderly, Bond Holders, and Almost No One Else

Institute for the Study of Labor: Pre- and Post-Birth Components of Intergenerational Persistence in Health and Longevity: Lessons from a Large Sample of Adoptees

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Part D Plans Generally Include Drugs Commonly Used by Dual Eligibles: 2019

Society of Actuaries: Quantitative Evaluation Framework for Retirement Benefit Systems

UK Office for National Statistics: How would you support our ageing population?

Brookings Institution: Using behavioral insights to increase annuitization rates: The role of framing and anchoring and Can annuities become a bigger contributor to retirement security?

Center for Retirement Research at Boston College: How Has the Decline in Assumed Returns Affected Plan Costs?

AARP Public Policy Institute: Rx Price Watch Report: Trends in Retail Prices of Specialty Prescription Drugs Widely Used by Older Americans, 2017 Year-End Update

National Bureau of Economic Research: Implications of Increasing College Attainment for Aging in General Equilibrium and The Political Economy of Social Security Reform

Kaiser Family Foundation: How Many Medicare Part D Enrollees Had High Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs in 2017?

UK Office for National Statistics: Living longer and old-age dependency - what does the future hold?

U.S. National Center for Health Statistics: Deaths: Final Data for 2017, United States Life Tables, 2017, and Deaths: Leading Causes for 2017

U.S. Government Accountability Office: Older Americans Act: HHS Could Help Rural Service Providers by Centralizing Information on Promising Practices

Statistics Canada: Development of a Consumer Price Index for Seniors

Care Quality Commission: Smiling matters: oral health care in care homes

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Here are some of the latest reports, surveys, and studies related to retirement, including research into IRAs and the IRS, and AARP's prescription price watch report.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office says that if you have an individual retirement account (IRA), you know its tax breaks can make it easier to save for retirement. Most IRAs hold investments in traditional assets like stocks and mutual funds. But if you want to invest in non-traditional assets like real estate or virtual currency, your IRA might run afoul of tax laws. You can, however, apply for an exemption from the Department of Labor. The IRS and Labor each have IRA oversight duties. Labor reviews these applications. The GAO reports that they saw evidence that Labor contacted IRS in only 8 of the 124 applications they reviewed. The GAO has recommended the agencies establish a formal collaboration process. Read more in U.S. Government Accountability Office: Individual Retirement Accounts: Formalizing Labor's and IRS's Collaborative Efforts Could Strengthen Oversight of Prohibited Transactions.

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