Why So Many Men are Bad at Retirement

Older men today came of age amid the social upheavals of the 1960s and ’70s, but their formative years were deeply planted in the traditional world of segregation and sexual stereotyping.

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Ronald Levant, 81, remembers starting to feel like a man when he threw his first successful punch, fighting the bullies who tormented him. He was nine. 

For Derek Griffith, 53, it wasn’t until he finished his Ph.D. in his early thirties, moving from the secure bubble of academia into full self-reliance. 

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Dawn Fallik
Contributing writer

Dawn Fallik is a Philadelphia-based  reporter who specializes in data analysis. She was a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press. She has served on the Pulitzer jury and is a tenured professor at the University of Delaware.