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Retirement

Optimism among U.S. investors rose again in the third quarter after plateauing in the second quarter and is now hitting levels not reached since 2000.

Hourly workers are less satisfied than salaried workers with most tangible aspects of their jobs, including vacation time, retirement plans and pay.

U.S. investors are gaining confidence that they will be able to maintain the lifestyle they want throughout their retirement.

Three-quarters of U.S. small-business owners believe they will have enough money to live comfortably if they retire, although half would continue working even if money were no object.

U.S. workers have become more satisfied with many aspects of their jobs, and are most positive about physical safety, relations with coworkers, flexibility and job security. Workers are least satisfied with stress and health benefits.

Fewer retired U.S. investors today than in 2015 are optimistic that they can maintain their income or reach short-term investment targets over the next year. They remain optimistic about reaching their five-year investment goals.

Flexible work time and retirement options may help countries face the challenges of unemployment, aging populations and public pension burdens -- and improve well-being.