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Good News: The Number of Americans With Retirement Savings is Growing Rapidly

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by Alli Thomas

Aug 21, 2018

According to a recent survey, the percentage of Americans with zero retirement savings fell dramatically in 2018 from one year ago—by more than 20%, to be precise.

Even better, the number of Americans with $300,000 or more in retirement savings increased by 2%, while the number of workers with $200,000 to $299,999 in a retirement account doubled year over year. Additionally, the number of folks with $100,000 to $199,999 saved grew by 5%.

There are many reasons behind this strong upward trajectory. The jobless rate has been lingering near historic lows for quite some time (in fact, employers have struggled to fill job openings due to a lack of qualified candidates), consumer spending has been humming along, and the U.S. stock market is in its tenth year of gains. Life is generally good.

Despite these gains, more than two-fifths of Americans are still facing retirement with less than $10,000 in savings – and 14% of that group have absolutely nothing saved at all. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average 65 year old spends about $46,000 per year, so the lack of substantial savings is quite alarming.

Out of the 1,000 surveyed who have no retirement savings, 40% said they don’t make enough money to put anything away. Another quarter of respondents said that they struggle to pay their bills, which prevents them from building their nest egg – this was the most commonly-cited reason by baby boomers with no retirement savings.

If you fall into one of these categories, saving enough to retire well might seem like an impossible task. But it’s never too late to start, even if you can only put away a few dollars at a time. And even if you already have a substantial amount saved up, you may be able to improve on your situation further by attending our free online retirement workshop and applying what you learn to your investment strategy.

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Alli Thomas

Alli Thomas has worked in the financial services industry for nearly 20 years, with a focus on retirement-related investing. She began her career as a FINRA-licensed participant-services call-center associate at Vanguard, and then moved to Principal Financial Group, where she worked closely with employers, assisting with retirement plan set-up and design, selecting appropriate plan investment offerings, and maximizing employee participation through targeted education campaigns and enrollment meetings. Alli has also worked as a qualified 401(k) administrator and registered investment advisor for several small investment firms. She now writes about all things investment- and finance-related, leveraging her extensive experience and passion for retirement planning to help investors make well-informed financial decisions.

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