There’s a well-worn statistic from Pew Research that says roughly 10,000 Boomers will turn of retirement age every day for the next decade. That translates into a lot of people planning for their retirement (and unretirement).
One specific component of retirement that comes up frequently is finances. Many articles have been published about Boomers not having enough savings for when they retire. In fact, I recently ran across the term “Threshold Generation” to describe individuals nearing retirement who saw their savings disappear during the Great Recession, hence being on the threshold of retirement. According to a study from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), only 18 percent of people are confident they have enough in savings for a comfortable retirement.
Back in 2015, the U.S. Treasury launched myRA, a retirement savings account for employees who don’t have access to a savings plan at work or have not found an easy way to start saving, such as part-time and seasonal employees. They found that among workers who do not participate in a 401(k) or other defined contribution plan, 42 percent say it’s because their employer does not offer one. Furthermore, a 2015 BLS Economic Release found that 62 percent of part-time workers don’t have access to a savings plan at work for when they retire.
When the program was introduced, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew made this statement, “myRA is designed to remove common barriers to saving, and give people an easy way to get started. myRA has no fees, no risk of losing money and no minimum balance or contribution requirements. To make saving easier than ever, you can now put savings into myRA directly from your bank account.”
I’m not a certified financial planner. So, I can’t tell anyone how to save and invest their money. But I do know that if individuals are unable to care for themselves financially, it will have an impact on their lives and their work. Becoming financially literate is essential.
If you’re looking for retirement resources, a friend recommended to me Retirement Security SmartBrief. It’s a curated collection of articles about preparing to retire. I’ve found it to be interesting and very diverse in thought. Just in case you want to check it out.
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