Retirement Savings Gets a Mascot

November 14, 2006 ( - The lead character in a series of public service announcements sponsored by the Employee Benefit Retirement Institute (EBRI) wears green tights, red shorts, a cape and goes by the name of "Savingsman."

The announcements are from the EBRI program Choose to Save (CTS) and offer tips to encourage retirement savings.

Savingsman advises his viewers they should use a retirement planning tool, the Ballpark E$timate – a worksheet that helps individuals quickly identify approximately how much they need to save to fund a comfortable retirement.The character also advises viewers to enroll in savings plans at work or open an individual retirement account (IRA) and, when possible, to cut spending to make money available for retirement savings or to avoid credit card debt.

The announcements are archived and available free on the CTS Web site, , along with all previous CTS video public service announcements.