The study – The Middle-Income Boomer Retirement Gap: Savings, Education and Advice– surveyed 1,000 Americans aged 50 to 68 with an annual household income between
Of those still working, more expect to retire after age 65 (43%) than before age 65 (16%). Just two in 10 (19%) expect to retire at age 65.
Financial barriers to a comfortable retirement
Although Boomers are optimistic about retirement, many are concerned about meeting their financial needs in retirement.
While one-third (38%) feel very or extremely confident about their retirement savings, two-thirds (62%) express some doubts, with a quarter (25%) being not too confident or not at all confident.
Greater investable assets equal greater peace of mind
Middle-income Boomers view a half-million dollars in investable assets as the financial threshold for retirement security. Two-thirds (66%) of those with investable assets between
However, most middle-income Boomers have not achieved this level of asset attainment. Only one in 10 (13%) Boomers had investable assets of
One explanation for lower investable assets may be that Boomers are heavily invested in their homes. While the median investable assets are
Health care expenses a growing concern, with good cause
According to the
Perspective, middle-income Boomers estimated the cost of one year of nursing home care at
Further, Boomers are largely unprepared for managing major changes in their health:
- 65% don’t have a current health care power of attorney
- 64% lack an up-to-date living will
- 63% do not have a current last will and testament
“Boomers are facing a challenging retirement environment, but just about any of them can improve their financial security through a combination of investment and protection products,” said
The Middle-Income Boomer Retirement Gap: Savings, Education and Advice is part of a series of studies commissioned by the
The internet-based survey consisted of a nationwide sample of 1,000 Americans. All respondents were aged 50 to 68 and have an annual household income between
Quotas were established based on the
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