Successful Savers Share Their Secrets

September 05, 2012 ( - Determination, early saving and financial discipline are among the lessons from successful retirement savers, according to a survey by PNC Financial Services Group Inc.

By PLANSPONSOR staff | September 05, 2012
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Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Americans with $100,000 or more in assets say they are on target or ahead of their retirement planning goals, while one-third (35%) say their retirement planning goals have not been adversely affected by the recession, according to “Perspectives of Retirement: Lessons from Successful Savers.”   

Nearly half of the 1,038 respondents (47%) say “living within my means” is the most important retirement decision they have made, while more than one-third (35%) say they “started saving from an early or at a young age.” Saving for retirement is their primary financial goal, 42% of respondents say.  

Respondents demonstrated financial discipline in areas other than saving, such as reducing debt (46%), changing spending habits (33%) and paying off their mortgage (23%).