Why aren’t YOU planning for retirement in any adequate fashion? [I say YOU because I am assuming that YOU are in the top 75 to 100th percentile of those 50 to 64 years of age who have an average annual income of +$52,201 per year. The latest statistics reveal that such people as YOU have a totally insufficient amount set aside in various retirement savings accounts – mean savings of $105,012; median savings of $52,000!] All it takes is a tiny bit of rain and the financial house of cards YOU live in can come crumbling down.
By mybudget360.com. Originally* entitled Only 4 out of 10 Americans has enough in their savings to pay for an unexpected expense: Half of the country is living paycheck to paycheck with no retirement plans.
Why Are YOU Saving So Little?
Contrary to what the media portrays, most Americans [does that include YOU?] are horrible savers. In fact, only 40% of Americans have enough in their savings accounts to pay for an unexpected expense [does that include YOU?] so it should also come as no surprise that half this country is not adequately preparing for retirement [does that include YOU?] and will be depend on Social Security as their main, and for many only, source of income in old age [does that include YOU?]. Why do YOU save so little?
Most people [does that include YOU?] realize that putting away a few months of expenses is good financial hygiene so the question then centers on the lack of people saving money. There are two main reasons:
- living beyond your means [does that include YOU?] and
- simply having more expenses than income [does that include YOU?].
Given the contraction of the middle class and inflation, many Americans [does that include YOU?] are simply feeling the pinch of inflation combined with low wages.
A recent survey found that most Americans [does that include YOU?] are not prepared for an unexpected expense:
Are YOU Making Adequate Plans For Retirement?
It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that many Americans [does that include YOU?] are also not planning for retirement in any adequate fashion.
Take a look at this data:
- You’ll notice that half of this group has a median retirement account of $0. That is correct. No money whatsoever. This is why roughly half of older Americans would be out on the street if they didn’t have Social Security.
- Even those with higher incomes are not doing so well. The 50 to 75th percentile has a median retirement account of $6,500 and the top 75 to 100th percentile has $52,000.
The vast majority of Americans [does that include YOU?] are under saving for immediate emergencies and retirement. All it takes is a tiny bit of rain and the financial house of cards can come crumbling down.
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