Headline RoundupMarch 28th, 2024

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink Calls for Retirement Age to Be Raised

Summary from the AllSides News Team

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink recently stated that the retirement system must be reformed to save Social Security from insolvency.

Details: In a recent letter to the company’s shareholders, Fink argued that the changing demographic landscape and the increase in life expectancy over the past century have placed additional strain on the Social Security system. Additionally, he cited census data indicating that half of Americans between ages 55 and 65 have no savings in personal retirement accounts, encouraging young Americans to invest into retirement accounts early.

Key Quotes: Fink wrote, “The Social Security Administration itself says that by 2034, it won't be able to pay people their full benefits. What's the solution here? No one should have to work longer than they want to. But I do think it's a bit crazy that our anchor idea for the right retirement age — 65 years old — originates from the time of the Ottoman Empire.”

How the Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum reported on Fink’s comments, focusing most prominently on his comment regarding the retirement age. CBS New (Lean Left bias) critically framed his comments, including quotes disputing his statements, noting his estimated $1.2 billion net worth, and stating his suggestions “ignores the reality of aging in the workplace,” where older workers face ageism leading to earlier retirement. Fox Business (Lean Right bias) outlined the expected fallout should Social Security become insolvent, including a “benefit cut of 23%, or $17,400 in current-dollar annual benefits” for a married retired couple.

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