Employed Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 are the most likely of all age brackets to be saving less this year than last.
"This is troubling considering the availability of catch-up contributions for those 50 and up, as well as the higher 2013 contribution limits for all eligible IRA and 401(k) contributors," said
Upper-middle-income households are another trouble spot: 21% are saving less for retirement than they were last year and only 14% are saving more.
Overall, the Bankrate.com Financial Security Index is down for a second straight month, but at 100.5, it is clinging to a level above 100 that indicates improved financial security versus one year ago. The Index has been above 100 for six consecutive months.
Readings slipped on all five components in August (job security, net worth, debt, savings and overall financial situation). Four of the five, however, are still showing improvement over the past year. Savings remains the weak link, with those saying they're less comfortable outnumbering those that are more comfortable by a margin of nearly two-to-one. Consumers have voiced negative sentiment on savings in every month since polling began in
Following this month's disappointing unemployment report, job security among the highest-income households (annual income greater than
The survey was conducted by
PSRAI obtained telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of 1,005 adults living in the continental
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