Brooke Masters, the FT's US financial editor, speaks to Anne Ackerley, managing director of the Retirement Group at BlackRock, one of the world’s largest investment companies. Anne spends her days thinking about how to make good retirement plans accessible to more people. Lately, that has included focusing on one particular problem: the differences between men and women when it comes to retirement planning. Anne tells Brooke about the challenges faced not just by women but also gig economy workers and others who have non-standard employment patterns.

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Presented by Brooke Masters. Produced by Zach St Louis. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design is by Breen Turner, with original music from Metaphor Music.

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