Thursday, May 9, 2013

No retirement for lazy savers

In the recent Wall Street Journal article "Workers Saving Too Little to Retire", Kelly Greene and Vipal Monga present survey results predicting retirement crisis for both U.S. workers and employers. 

A few facts from the article:
  • Fifty-seven percent of U.S. workers surveyed reported less than $25,000 in total household savings and investments excluding their homes.
  • 28% of Americans have no confidence they will have enough money to retire comfortably.
  • While Americans are living longer, the extended life spans will make it tougher for workers trying to stretch retirement savings and put additional strains on pension plans.
  • The percentage of workers who have saved for retirement plunged to 66% from 75% in 2009.
  • Many people are struggling to make sure they don't run out of money in retirement, said Jack VanDerhei, research director at EBRI, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C.
Put simply, we suggest that if you want to live more freely and enjoy more in retirement, spend less and save more now while you still have the opportunity. 

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