One of the benefits of the recession is that the constant coverage of the economy has brought retirement savings and retirement benefits into better focus for many Americans, The Hartford Financial Services Group found in a survey of 1,000 adults, conducted by Zeldis Research.

Nearly half, 43%, said retirement benefits are more important to them now that they were at the start of the recession, and 76% said they either “completely” or “mostly” understood their retirement benefits in 2010. In 2009, 65% said they understood the plans.

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