The 29th annual Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS), conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) in 2019, found that two-thirds of U.S. workers (67%) are confident in their ability to live comfortably throughout their retirement years (up from 64% in 2018). Worker confidence now matches levels reported in 2007 — before the 2008 financial crisis.
For many workers, the idea of retiring early is a dream they've pursued throughout their careers. Being able to have more time to do the things you want is a goal that nearly everyone has.
You’ve filed your taxes, and now it’s time to make good on your promise to “spring clean” your finances. One key task is to throw away – or shred – old bank and credit card statements and aging tax returns that no longer give you joy. But there are other steps you can take to buff up your finances.
Women can face unique challenges when planning for retirement. Let's take a look at three of them.
First, women frequently step out of the workforce in their 20s, 30s, or 40s to care for children â€” a time when their job might just be kicking into high (or higher) gear.
Many seniors look forward to retirement, especially those who wrap up their careers feeling overworked and overwhelmed. But while the freedom associated with retirement is certainly something positive to anticipate, many Americans who go into retirement excited about that prospect wind up cash-strapped and miserable early on.
IRAs have beneficiaries and "designated beneficiaries," and it is important to know the difference. If you wish your heirs to have the opportunity to take full advantage of "stretch" IRAs, and to avoid other possibly costly mistakes, be sure your heirs are designated beneficiaries. Here's the difference and why it matters.
One is the risk of outliving your assets; the other is the risk of losing your purchasing power. How you allocate your assets to manage and mitigate those risks matters. Put too much of your money in one place, and you run the risk of not keeping pace with inflation. Put too much in another place, and you run the risk of running out of money or, as some say, lifestyle.
“How am I doing?”
Cutting the money cord can be difficult, but if you’re risking your own financial security, it’s crucial. If helping your adult kids is affecting your retirement goals, make a game plan for how to best reduce or eliminate that financial aid.
Women are stepping up their games in all areas of life. They are being more outspoken than ever when it comes to the creation of change—for the better. They are building networks and combining efforts like never before. And, they are breaking records.