Americans Aren't Saving Enough For Retirement: How To Avoid Being Part Of The Problem
- Retirement savings statistics suffered before the recession, but are now worse.
- Reveals the only solution to retirement savings that reliably works.
Are you on track for a secure retirement?
Most people aren't (unfortunately), and the latest retirement savings statistics prove it.
According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, a tremendous loss of wealth resulting from the market downturn in 2008 made a difficult retirement planning situation far worse.
The most recent study conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute shows many workers remain uncertain about their ability to retire, and for good reason.
The results seem promising at first: “The percentage of workers confident about having enough money for a comfortable retirement, at record lows between 2009 and 2013, increased in 2014 and again in 2015.”
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However, this optimism is attributed to the increase in workers participating in a retirement plan. Those without a retirement plan still aren't saving enough:
- 32% of workers aren't confident they're adequately prepared for retirement.
- 64% of workers say they're behind in saving for retirement.
- Back in 2009, 75% of workers were saving for retirement, but that number decreased to 66% in 2012 and stood at 67% in 2015 – barely changed over the 6 year period.
- 90% of those with a retirement plan in place (defined benefit, defined contribution, or IRA) are more likely to be saving for retirement as opposed to the 20% without a retirement plan.
- 57% of workers' total value of household savings and investments (excluding the value of their primary residence and defined benefit plans), is less than $25,000. Out of that percentage, 28% have less than $1,000 saved!
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It's interesting to note the recession had little to no impact on the savings habits of most Americans. While retirement confidence is poor, people still aren't taking any action to improve their situation. Many workers stated they could be saving more money, but simply haven't made the commitment.
Even worse, “Those who are not confident about their retirement prospects are also more likely to say they don't know how much they need to save.” 48% of these workers have never even tried to figure out how much they need to save!
As a benchmark, here are some of the surprising numbers from the 2009 study that can be compared to today's numbers to show how little has changed:
- The median defined contribution plan balance (for those that had defined contribution plans) was a mere $31,800 in 2007.
- The median individual retirement account and Keogh plan balance was $34,000 in 2007. Compare that with the 57% of workers stated above that still had less than $25,000 in savings.
- Only 40.6% percent of families had some sort of employment based retirement plan. Amazing! That means nearly 60% of families have no employment based retirement plan, and have less than what the meager numbers above show. Yikes!
Let's be clear: you can't retire in America on anything even remotely close to $25,000.00. Multiplying that number by 10 doesn't even get you close. Simply put, people are consistently failing to build enough retirement savings.
It doesn't matter if you viewed these statistics back in 2009, or view them again in 15 years. The fundamental issue is people aren't actually taking the actions necessary to secure their retirement.
Something Must Change or There Will Be a Retirement Crisis
Saving for retirement is one of the most important financial responsibilities you face. I know it's a confusing and big mountain to climb (and clearly, the statistics are evidence of this), but that's why I wrote the book How Much is Enough To Retire.
It's a brief read that teaches you exactly what you need to know to set a realistic retirement goal and achieve it. You don't have to be a part of these frightening statistics: there is a solution.
Your first action step is to read How Much Is Enough To Retire. Yes, it is a self-serving statement, but it will point you in the right direction, and research shows that just calculating how much you need to retire results in taking positive action toward the goal.
Additionally, if you know what you need to do to secure your retirement, but still haven't taken the necessary actions, then coaching may be a smart additional step for you.
Always remember that you never get a second chance at securing your retirement. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to achieve.
Anybody can learn to build a secure retirement -- and you don't need a financial advisor.
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