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Study: Many Boomers Lack Retirement Fund ^

Posted on 07/30/2007 7:31:07 PM PDT by traumer

Study Says Nearly One-Third of Older Baby Boomers Haven't Saved Enough for Retirement

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nearly one-third of baby boomers ages 51 to 61 are at risk of not having enough in savings to finance a comfortable retirement, according to a study being released Tuesday by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

With its analysis, the center has joined the national debate over how much savings is enough -- and has done so on the side that says there's a shortfall.

"We just don't believe people are saving too much," Alicia H. Munnell, a professor of management sciences at Boston College and director of the retirement research center, told The Associated Press.

A recently published academic study looked at the retirement preparedness of Americans who were in their 50s in 1992 and concluded that at least 80 percent had more than enough assets for retirement. Other scientists have argued that Americans may be saving too much.

The new Boston College study evaluated the same 51-61 age group, but looked at their finances in 2004, and found 32 percent to be "at risk" for not being able to maintain their preretirement standing of living in retirement.

The difference between the results, the center said, has to do with changes in the financial environment. For one thing, Americans now must wait until they're older than 65 to collect full Social Security benefits; meanwhile, lower interest rates mean they'll probably collect less on annuities and other investments. And many of today's workers do not have pensions like the earlier generation but must rely on worker-funded 401(k) retirement accounts, the center said.

Munnell said Americans have two choices -- to save more or to work longer.

For older people, "working just two years more ... can make a substantial difference" to retirement preparedness, she said.

"Working longer has a powerful effect because it shortens the period over which you have to support yourself and ... lets you put off tapping your 401(k) and collect higher Social Security benefits," she said.

The study was done using the center's National Retirement Risk Index, developed with funding from Nationwide Financial, the long-term savings and retirement product division of the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.

Keith Millner, senior vice president and head of Nationwide Financial's in-retirement division, said "there is a retirement crisis" because people are living longer, health care costs are escalating and workers aren't saving enough.

"The No. 1 issue is inertia -- people aren't doing anything," he said. "They need to get educated, get engaged."

Young workers especially can benefit from saving more because of the impact of compounding, he said.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: babyboomers; genx; retirement
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To: Wheee The People; SoCalPol; Proud_USA_Republican
A friend is 62 this year. He has worked since he was 21 (college grad - paid his own way). He has had only three employers in thirty years. He bought his house @ 1976 for less than $50k. His wife always worked part time. He can't afford to retire before 70. Why? Simple, like thousands and thousands of other boomers he mortgaged his assets (nest egg to you 'proud') to pay for his three daughters' educations (each of which cost more than he paid for his house)...selfish bastard.

You children are really boring. And, I won't need my monthly payment when it comes in. But I'll take it and blow it all on tango lessons knowing that it twists your nipple.

141 posted on 07/31/2007 6:13:58 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: Jimmy Valentine
Well that is a little light even as to the Federal, since 15% of your pay goes to Social Security alone.

What are you talking about? The FICA is 6.2% of your pay up to @ $90k. If you make $150k your FICA is only 3.5% of your pay. Mouthing off and not knowing even the basics...

142 posted on 07/31/2007 6:17:33 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: bikerMD
The "lardasses" are not likely to put off the cardiac arrests long enough to need that retirement income.

Remember, smokers HELP the Soc Sec fund !LOL...

143 posted on 07/31/2007 6:23:16 AM PDT by litehaus (A memory tooooo long)
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To: Porterville
My fiance and I work from morning until night, every night, going into debt, paying off debt, pulling in more capital, increasing salary, and pouring money into our future.


Perhaps one day you will learn how to work smart instead of hard.

144 posted on 07/31/2007 6:27:37 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: traumer
I suspect that many of those 50-somethings with little savings have been in the same boat I am in.

I had some pretty good savings socked away in my forties. Then, after 9/11, the place I worked shut down.

It took me ten months to find a new job. I had a kid in college, but could not qualify for scholarship money because I had made too much money the year before. That had to be paid for, because you don’t want someone in their junior year with a 3.5 in engineering dropping out. (Well, maybe some freepers would make their kids drop out, but I would not.)

Guess what I lived on? Those savings. I went through most of them before finding that new job. And, no — we were not extravagant. We canceled plans for a 25th anniversary vacation and used the money for living expenses. We cut back our costs and dumped luxuries. The wife got a job and I looked after the kids. (We have two other kids, both at home then.) I worked odd jobs and consulted to bring in some extra cash.

But the week I started my new job, I emptied all but $500 out of my savings account to pay for the next month’s expenses. God knows what would have happened if I had been unemployed another two or three months — probably would have had to go deep in debt.

I am not complaining, just explaining. And only now, after five years, am I managing to build my savings up again. (We had to pay relocation expenses, and have another kid in college.) And I also know the job I have now will probably disappear before the end of 2011, and am planning to weather another storm then.

Actually my biggest fear is not having to put off retirement. I enjoy working and the job I do. My fear is ending up involuntarily retired at 55 or 56 when the current job ends. Employers are reluctant to take an “elderly” engineer — after all they will be retiring soon. (Never mind that a college recruit is just as likely to leave before five years are up.)

Assuming I am healthy, I would as soon keep working until I am 75 or so. (Why not? The work I do is fun, not physically demanding, and pays well. And I do good work.)

I can understand wanting to retire at 65 — or even 55 if you are in a dangerous, physically demanding work (puddling steel in a steel mill for example). But early retirement is unnecessary for those in an office environment.

145 posted on 07/31/2007 6:44:11 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

Only contribute to your 401k up to the point of matching - not beyond.

For the remainder, invest in other venues. There are more profitable ventures than a 401 once company matching is out of the equation.

146 posted on 07/31/2007 6:44:59 AM PDT by RockinRight (Fred Thompson once set fire to a crowd of liberals simply by smoking a cigar and looking upon them)
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To: Obie Wan about making a mountain out of a molehill...I think Proud USA’s point was that some boomers will be helped along by a high-value home. That’s it.

147 posted on 07/31/2007 6:46:08 AM PDT by RockinRight (Fred Thompson once set fire to a crowd of liberals simply by smoking a cigar and looking upon them)
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To: dragnet2

No, but someone in Maryland or Cali can retire to somewhere like North Carolina using that method. It doesn’t work for everyone.

148 posted on 07/31/2007 6:47:49 AM PDT by RockinRight (Fred Thompson once set fire to a crowd of liberals simply by smoking a cigar and looking upon them)
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To: Gay State Conservative
live beneath your means.

So true. It has worked for me. I'm trying my hardest to get it drilled into my 3 grown kids heads. If folks would just learn to live by this one financial precept (and save the difference), many would not be in the leaky retirement boat they find themsleves in.

149 posted on 07/31/2007 6:52:17 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Support Duncan Hunter for the 2008 GOP presidential nominee. He will build the fence!!)
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To: traumer

Every year I save & save - it just about covers my taxes. And I am not a boomer, born in ‘66. Socialism is stacked against those who play by the rules. Where’s my guv’mint tit?

150 posted on 07/31/2007 6:56:49 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: traumer
Well, of course they don't have any retirement! Don't you remember? The world owes them a living! Silly.
151 posted on 07/31/2007 7:23:31 AM PDT by TChris (The Republican Party is merely the Democrat Party's "away" jersey - Vox Day)
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To: wtc911

Oh, working hard is bad? How about working smart and hard?.... are you a boomer?... I’m sorry.

152 posted on 07/31/2007 7:31:25 AM PDT by Porterville (I'm an American. If you hate Americans, I hope our enemies destroy you. I will pray for my soul.)
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To: confederatetrappedinmidwest

It was the boomers who brought us a Republican congress, while their parents (the so-called greatest generation) brought us the welfare state and liberalized immigration laws.

153 posted on 07/31/2007 7:39:24 AM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: traumer

It’s another boomer bashing thread. The bashing started in the third post.

154 posted on 07/31/2007 7:42:50 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: chuckles
It can be done, but you can't always buy that new truck,( mine's a '91 GMC), you can't always go on vacations to exotic places( a hunting trip to Colorado every other year or so and maybe a weekend here and there), and you certainly can't buy a Mc Mansion and feed the AC,( I have a 2700 sq ft house on 1.16 acres with a 3 car garage and my house note is $515 for about 7 more years.)

Your saving habits are commendable. The best kind of mental discipline needed to save is not "No, you can't have an exotic vacation." Rather, "Why do you need one?"

I know I'm being preachy, but if people focus on what they can truly do without, it makes savings not only easier but more rewarding psychologically. Basically, buy what you need.

Me? I travel if I have to. If I want a new dress for the holidays, I'll buy it, without guilt. There's nothing wrong with occasionally shopping -- within a budget. But the rampant consumerism among younger people is frightening.

155 posted on 07/31/2007 8:43:38 AM PDT by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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To: Porterville
They've come at the boomers with every tax imaginable in the past 30 years. Ironic, they call the boomers lazy, stupid, greedy, spoiled etc, yet my non-boomer parents bought their first home in about 1951, it was brand new for like $4,000. It was just no big deal in the 1950s. Mom never had to work, and good ol Dad and Mom raised our entire family on one income.. It was no big deal in the 1950s. We had two cars, TV, campers, vacations, great affordable health insurance etc. I remember Dad going to the gas station and saying, "gimmie a bucks worth or regular".

My folks first home is still there, and I'd bet if purchased today, the first 3 months of mortgage payments would equal what they paid for the home in 1951.

Remember LBJs Great Society, all his socialist programs? LBJ was born in the early 1900s.

LBJ was certainly no baby boomer. Fact is when LBJ was elected president, most boomers were about 10 years old.

And what about FDR, the guy who signed SS into law, among other socialist programs? FDR was no boomer. Wasn't he born in the late 1800s?

156 posted on 07/31/2007 8:56:52 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Obie Wan
"we the Boomers are the most taxed generation in the history of this country !!!"

Agreed. And I don't feel the least bit guilty when I say that I want it all back, every cent that was extorted from my payroll and my husband's payroll all these years.


157 posted on 07/31/2007 9:04:04 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: Maelstrom


158 posted on 07/31/2007 9:04:58 AM PDT by B4Ranch ( "Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.")
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To: confederatetrappedinmidwest
You cannot deny that most of the modern problems today have their root in the boomer dominated 60s and early 70s.

Actually, the root was earlier. The commies got into the gov't starting in the 1930's. Then they did a mass move with corrupting the youth in the 60's and 70's.

The boomers' parents corrupted their kids. They are mostly at fault for swallowing FDR and commie lies.

Actually, some of the boomers' got wise finally and started voting in people like Reagan and the '94 republicans.

Boomers are still learning the truth about their parents today.

159 posted on 07/31/2007 9:20:52 AM PDT by what's up
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To: AD from SpringBay

But the $ave and $ave doesn’t work !

The inflation of food and gas prices... not to mention the currency exchange rate !

160 posted on 07/31/2007 11:55:02 AM PDT by traumer
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