Thursday, February 19, 2015

Boomers and Retirement Worries

High medical expenses are Americans' biggest financial worry about retirement, according to a new (NYSE: RATE) report. 28% of Americans gave this response; the highest-income households (over $75,000 per year) are actually more concerned about high medical expenses than the overall population. Running out of money is the biggest fear for millennials (18-29 year-olds) and a close second overall.

One-third of Americans say they can't save more for retirement because they have just enough money for their day-to-day expenses. 14% blame other family obligations and 10% lay fault with their student loan debt (millennials were more than twice as likely to give this answer than other age groups). 29% are satisfied with the amount they are currently saving.

Working Americans are realistic about Social Security's role in their eventual retirements: just 13% expect it to account for all or most of their retirement income, while another 14% expect it to account for half their retirement income. About one in four believe they won't get anything.

"The average Social Security payout is only around $15,000 per year, so people are realistic to think they'll need to supplement that income," said Sheyna Steiner, senior investing analyst at "But despite all the gloom and doom about the future of Social Security, most Americans are optimistic that they'll get at least something from the program. That even includes millennials – 63% of them think Social Security will fund at least some of their retirement several decades from now."

The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) and can be seen in its entirety here:

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