Percentage of Americans aged between 50 and 64 with no retirement savings 2010
Saving for retirement
Without a shadow of a doubt, the recession has had an impact on retirement plans and how people save. It is clear to see just how alarming the situation is when one takes into account the sheer amount of Americans aged between 50 and 64 who have no retirement savings. And even for those who have saved and regularly paid into retirement savings the outlook is less than secure. Adding to the worry are the increasing claims being made by industry experts that the savings accrued by middle-class seniors will have nowhere near the required level of sufficiency to support current standards of living in to retirement.
It is important to start thinking and planning in order to be able to enjoy an early retirement. Those who start to save later for retirement, and forego early saving practices will realize that playing catch-up and saving much more intensively later in life is extremely punishing. Everyone wants different things in retirement and first of all it is important to decide what sort of retirement lifestyle is desirable for the individual. Knowing what the desired lifestyle is will help to determine how much money will need to be saved.