BLOOMINGTON, Ill., March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The closer Americans get to their golden years, the more they say retirement is out of reach. According to the latest COUNTRY Financial Security Index® survey, only one third of Americans overall think a middle-income family can save for a secure retirement. Those nearest retirement are most skeptical, with just 28 percent of 50 to 64 year olds thinking it's possible.
Despite an earlier start on saving for retirement, these Baby Boomers' savings were the hardest hit by the economic downturn.
Boomers are not expecting Washington to make up the difference though. Only 31 percent believe the government should do more to fund Americans' retirement, compared to 34 percent of Americans overall.
"Boomers might be slamming the door on more government assistance because of the national debt or they're satisfied with Social Security as is," says Joe Buhrmann, manager of financial security support at COUNTRY Financial. "The Boomers showed younger generations it's never too early to save. Start setting aside money in your 20s if possible and establish a long-term financial plan to stay on track and meet your goals."
Gen Y Optimistic, But Off to Slow Start
Compared to those nearing retirement, 18 to 29 year olds are far more optimistic about their retirement prospects. Nearly half also believe the government should do more to help Americans fund retirement.
(50-65 years old)
(18-29 years old)
It is possible for a middle-income
family to save for a secure retirement
Government should have a greater
role in funding Americans' retirement
Perhaps because they anticipate more help from the government, 42 percent of 18 to 29 year olds have not started saving for retirement yet. This is 20 points higher than Americans overall, and the highest of any age group.
"Younger Americans might want to save, but a sluggish job market can make just paying bills a challenge. Saving for retirement as well doesn't seem possible," adds Buhrmann. "However, it's hard to know what government funding will be available when they retire. If they can, a great way to start saving is with a small automatic deduction into a 401(k) or investment retirement account."
Clocking Out By 70?
Even in this uncertain economic reality, many Americans of all ages are still expecting to retire around the traditional retirement age of 65.
To access video interviews about the latest COUNTRY Index data, please visit www.countryfinancialsecurityblog.com. The next COUNTRY Financial Security Index survey will be released April 16, 2013.
The COUNTRY Financial Security Index®
Since 2007, the COUNTRY Financial Security Index has measured Americans' sentiments of their personal financial security. The COUNTRY Index also delves deeper into individual personal finance topics to better inform Americans about the issues impacting their finances. Survey data, videos and analysis are available at www.countryfinancialsecurityblog.comand on Twitter at @FinanceSecure.
The COUNTRY Index was created by COUNTRY Financial and is compiled by Rasmussen Reports, LLC, an independent research firm, based on a national telephone and online survey of at least 3,000 Americans.
The margin of sampling error for a survey based on this many interviews is approximately +/- 2 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.
COUNTRY Financial (http://www.countryfinancial.com) serves about one million households and businesses throughout the United States. It offers a full range of financial products and services from auto, home and life insurance to retirement planning services, investment management and annuities.
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