Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Fear Factor Wants You To Work Until You Drop

Of course it's all water under the bridge because the system will collapse completely before most people face that big change in their lives. We retired, moved halfway across the country and got somewhat smaller in our expectations. My advice would be not to sweat it because most well laid plans will never be met shortly anyway. To me, preparation for collapse and enjoying life day to day are far more important things than what this sick society wants you to do - being fearful about ten years down the line.

80 is the new 65 when it comes to retirement, survey says

"(Reuters) - When it comes to retirement, many middle class Americans said 80 is the new 65 and plan to delay retirement because of worries over money, according to a new survey.

Wells Fargo bank asked 1,500 Americans who earned between $25,000 and $99,999 and ranged in age from 20 into their 70s questions about retirement, savings and Social Security for its seventh annual retirement survey.

Three-fourths of those surveyed said they expect to work in their retirement years. One quarter said they will "need to work until at least age 80" to live comfortably in retirement.

Of Americans who will work in retirement, "47 percent said that they are going to continue in the same job or a similar job of similar responsibility," Joe Ready, Well Fargo's director of Institutional Retirement and Trust, told Reuters Insider.

"That raises a lot of social and economic implications. Will they have the physical ability to work, the mental capacity? What does that mean for the younger work force in terms of coming through and looking to get ahead?"

Three-fourths of Americans said it is more important to have a specific amount saved before retirement, regardless of age, while only 20 percent said it is more important to retire at a specific age regardless of savings.

In terms of saving for retirement, 53 percent of those surveyed said they need to significantly cut back on spending now to save for retirement.

"People are overwhelmed. They're not saving enough," Ready said."


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