An incredible 48% of Americans aged 55 and older haven’t saved a thing for retirement. I’ve asked the question “How Many “Retirees” Will Keep Working?” and it appears that the answer is, a lot. Despite this disturbing proportion of Americans who haven’t saved a bit, the numbers are actually getting better. In 2013 the percent of older Americans who hadn’t saved anything was 52%. Bloomberg’s Ben Steverman writes:
Two in five of such households did have access to a traditional pension, also known as a defined benefit plan.
However, 29 percent of older Americans had neither a pension nor any assets in a 401(k) or IRA account.
The estimate from the GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, is a brief update to a more comprehensive 2015 report on retirement savings in the U.S. Both are based on the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances.
The previous report found the median household of those age 65 to 74 had about $148,000 saved, the equivalent of an inflation-protected annuity of $649 a month.
“Social Security provides most of the income for about half of households age 65 and older,” the GAO said.
The Employee Benefit Research Institute estimated earlier this month that 41 percent of U.S. households headed by someone age 35 to 64 are likely to run out of money in retirement. That’s down 1.7 percentage points since 2014.
EBRI found these Americans face a combined retirement deficit of $3.83 trillion.
A gap of $3.83 trillion is a scary sign of what’s to come for many retirees.
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Originally posted on Your Survival Guy.