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Risk management, diversification and products with guarantees have proven to be tried and true approaches when it comes to what financial advisers suggest to members and credit union employees.

Programs that educate members on retirement planning continue to be pivotal when many have postponed their plans. In 1999, 17.2 million American workers were age 55 or older. By mid-2009, that number had increased to 27.1 million, according to data compiled by CUNA Mutual Group’s 2010 retirement plan forum newsletter. With this aging of the U.S. work force, credit unions are being urged to ensure that their retirement education programs meet the needs of preretirees as well as those of younger employees.

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