For many Americans, retirement is a mixed bag. On one hand, countless seniors enjoy the flexibility and freedom retirement offers. On the other hand, finances, or a glaring lack thereof, are a major concern for older Americans, especially since so many go into retirement ill-equipped to live off a fixed income. Here’s some key data that might open your eyes to the reality of our country’s retirement crisis.
1. One in four 65-year-olds today will live past age 90, while one in 10 will live past age 95
Life expectancies today are increasing, and while that’s a good thing, in theory, it poses a challenge from a savings perspective. Think about it: If you’ve been saving for a 20-year retirement and wind up living 10 years longer, you may have trouble paying the bills at a time in your life when you’re at your most mentally and physically vulnerable.
2. One out of every three Americans has no retirement savings whatsoever
That’s the latest out of a recent GoBankingRates survey, which also found that among those who have saved, 56% are sitting on less than $10,000. Given that most retirees can’t survive on Social Security alone, that paints a pretty bleak picture.
3. Over 40% of single seniors 65 and over get at least 90% of their income from Social Security
And frankly, that’s asking way too much. Social Security is only designed to replace about 40% of the typical worker’s pre-retirement income. Most people, however, need at least 70% of their previous earnings to pay the bills in retirement, which explains why more than 25 million Americans aged 60 and older live at or below the poverty level.
4. Only 51% of Americans are confident they’re saving enough
In its latest retirement survey, Transamerica found that only about half of workers feel they’re building a nest egg that will sustain them in retirement. Given the number of people who aren’t saving anything, this certainly isn’t shocking.
5. More than one-third of Americans expect to work in retirement
And it’s not just because they want the mental stimulation. A large number of Americans feel they’ll have no choice but to remain employed in some capacity during retirement to supplement their limited income. That said, a recent TD Ameritrade study found that one in 10 retirees winds up going back to work to combat boredom. It pays to keep your skills up-to-date later on in your career so that you have the option to continue working during your golden years.
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