GoBankingRates finds that needing to pay off credit card and other debt is a major roadblock to retirement saving.
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Workers younger than 35 are realizing they need to start saving now, according to Ascensus; however, only 30% are on track to meet their retirement savings goals.
Twenty-two percent do not know how their assets are invested, Legg Mason found in a survey.
An analysis of participants who remained active in the same 401(k) plans from year-end 2010 through year-end 2016 shows their accounts balances more than doubled in that period.
In addition, to help employees reduce their debt stress and maximize their retirement plan savings, more employers are developing financial wellbeing initiatives, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. found.
The average 401(k) balance reached an all-time high of $106,500 in the third quarter, and the average 403(b) balance is nearly double what it was a decade ago, according to Fidelity Investments.
EBRI decided to look closer at the way a number of states have launched their own automatic retirement savings initiatives.
Fifty-two percent of pre-retirees surveyed by the Nationwide Retirement Institute wish they better understood how their income in retirement will be taxed.
In addition, 55% of responding companies contributed to their ESOPs an amount equivalent to 11% or more of participants’ pay—far surpassing the typical 401(k) match.
Instead, pre-retirees are looking to add savings from 401(k) funds, IRAs, and even annuities.
Ninety-four percent said they would keep all or at least some of their money in a target-date fund that guaranteed an income stream for life, an AllianceBernstein survey found.
BMO Wealth Management U.S. says individuals should know to plan for living beyond the average life expectancy and what medical expenses to expect, among other things.
A study found the top financial tasks individuals need help with include choosing when to retire, choosing appropriate investments and developing a strategy to withdraw from multiple accounts.
Lincoln Financial Group’s Jamie Ohl speaks about the opportunity for plan sponsors to think about their participants’ financial stressors in a more sophisticated way, supporting all the generations in a targeted manner.
However, they have less saved than young men, and twice as many young men as women reported having investment accounts, according to a Schwab survey.
EBRI says the main reason for the increase in needed savings is related to the adjustment that is made each year to re-establish the baseline for out-of-pocket spending associated with prescription drug use.
More than half of Americans say they would prefer guaranteed income of $660 a month over a $120,000 lump sum, LIMRA SRI found in a survey.
“Both financial literacy and short-run impatience play important roles in determining retirement saving, even after controlling for education and income,” researchers say in a study report.
Looking at the average funded ratio of all public pensions leads to generalizations, but dividing them into groups shows many are doing well, while some will need serious intervention.
However, 82% of Millennials say their financial planning needs improvement.