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Seth D. Harris

Former Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor, Attorney at Seth D. Harris | Law & Policy
Seth D. Harris is an attorney in Washington, D.C. and a Visiting Professor at Cornell University’s Institute for Public Affairs. Building on almost seven years of service in the Clinton Administration, he was Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor (and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet) and Deputy U.S. Secretary of Labor from 2009 to 2014. Now, Secretary Harris is a nationally recognized expert in labor, employment and retirement law and policy, offering unique and valuable insights into the future of work and retirement, the condition of America’s middle class, and leadership in public policy and public affairs. He has co-authored three books and authored dozens of scholarly articles and op-eds on labor, employment, retirement and economics topics. Secretary Harris earned a bachelor of science degree with honors from Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations and a juris doctor with honors from New York University’s School of Law.

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Understanding and Managing Your Portfolio of Retirement Risks

In retirement discussions, “portfolio” usually refers to the stocks, annuities, bonds, and other investments that a saver hopes will help their savings and retirement income to grow. Here, “portfolio” refers to a collection of risks you may encounter in retirement. Learn more about how to understand and manage retirement risks at the Financial Freedom Studio.


Don't Let Your Retirement Spring a Leak

Familiar concepts like accumulation and decummulation receive a great deal of focus in retirement planning. Leakage is an important and less discussed topic that can have a substantial impact on your portfolio. Seth Harris offers insight on ways to manage leakage by understanding the principal ways your savings can leak out of your retirement portfolio. Learn more at the Financial Freedom Studio.


Figuring Out How Much Money is Enough to Retire

American retirement savers face two big, but different, retirement challenges. Conflating them risks misdiagnosis and missing out on a potentially valuable solution that could help some retirement savers overcome both challenges. Learn more at the Financial Freedom Studio.


Filling the Pension Gap to Rebuild Middle-Class Retirement

The importance of retirement to middle-class status in America is one of the reasons so many people are worried about the state of Americans’ retirement savings. Learn more on the Financial Freedom Studio.

The 2020 Elections and Your Retirement

Many retirement policy issues inspire bipartisan solutions. So, while bipartisan retirement policy developments might emerge regardless of who wins the White House and controls Congress, the 2020 election also could result in one party’s agenda being enacted into law. Their agenda could affect your retirement or your retirement planning. Find out more at the Financial Freedom Studio.


Social Security is a Necessary Part of Your Retirement Plan. Alone, It Is Not Enough.

Even though Social Security does not provide sufficient retirement income on its own, you should plan to maximize your benefits as one means of building your retirement income.