Insufficient Planning - Comfortably Oblivious

Too Many Americans Are Retiring Without Enough Planning

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The three main mistakes that people make when planning for retirement are:
  • Not saving enough
  • Not guaranteeing enough income for retirement
  • Not protecting their retirement assets

While not guaranteeing your retirement income or effectively protecting your retirement assets are serious problems – they are only issues if you actually have adequate savings.

Though many people think that they have adequate resources for retirement, few actually do. "America appears to be a nation of optimists when it comes to retirement, but for some people the retirement dream may turn into a nightmare," said Dallas Salisbury, president and CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute (ERBI) which recently conducted a retirement survey in conjunction with the American Savings Education Council and Mathew Greenwald & Associates.

The report found that 45 percent of all U.S. households have less than $25,000 in assets excluding their home), yet two-thirds of all workers expect to live as comfortably in retirement as they did when they worked. The reality is that the average person would use up that $25,000 in two or three years – even with their Social Security benefits.

According to the report:
  • Ten percent of workers believe they will need less than 50 percent of their current income to live comfortably.
  • Twenty-eight percent think that they will need 50-70 percent of their income to live comfortably.

Both groups are terribly WRONG! Most financial experts say you will need between 70-80 percent of your employment income to live comfortably.

So, if you currently earn $50,000 a year and expect to live in retirement for 15 years, you require (depending on how your assets are held and how inflation performs) -- at the very least -- well over $500,000 in retirement assets. And, that figure could be much higher depending on your health care requirements.

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