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Here’s how to counter the doom and gloom about retirement savings.

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Another week, another round of depressing news about retirement savings – more specifically, the lack of them. Here’s the latest retirement news…

Millennials have it rough

It’s not just the crushing student loan debt that will hurt millennials retirement. In a new study, investment firm J.P. Morgan says the generation faces other hurdles, ranging from “below-trend wage growth” to “ rising pressure on the federal government to curtail the entitlements they currently and will eventually receive.” Millennials also:

  • “Hold more cash than prior generations,” which means they don’t benefit from investments.
  • “Are less likely to marry or own a home,” which means they don’t take advantage of marriage savings and historically rising home values.
  • “Will increasingly finance their own retirements due to declining availability of defined benefit pension plans,” which will require even more savings discipline.

Even one of their advantages works against them: Because of medical advances and better health practices, they’ll live longer – and possible outlive their money.

45-year-old women have it rougher

We’ve all heard the scary predictions that many Americans are heading into retirement without enough savings. A company called Financial Finesse crunched numbers to drive home the point. Its novel gender gap study compared 45-year-old men and women to see how they’re doing on the retirement savings front.

Researchers “looked at median incomes, deferral rates, retirement savings, life expectancies, and projected healthcare costs to determine how much each would need to save in order to replace 70 percent of their income in retirement.” The result?

The median 45-year-old man is projected to have a savings shortfall of $267,233 to meet average retirement.

That’s terrible. This is worse: The 45-year-old women is facing a shortfall of $522,262.

Americans have it better than others

A German marketing institute called GfK polled employees around the globe and asked how many agreed with this statement: “I am confident that I will have enough money to live the life I want when I retire.”

Not surprisingly, that number was low in countries with terrible economies – in Russia, it was a mere 17 percent. However, even in more stable and prosperous nations, the numbers were actually lower – 16 percent in Sweden, 15 percent in South Korea, and 13 percent in Canada.

The United States topped the list, but only at 22 percent. That’s one tick above China’s 21 percent.

 Turning bad news into better news

Previous studies have shown the biggest obstacle to retirement savings is current debt – from credit cards to student loans.

That means the most productive action you can take toward saving for retirement is to retire your debts now. Debt.com was created for that purpose. Call one of our certified credit counselors today for your free debt analysis. Waiting another day to dial 1-800-810-0989 is another day of doom and gloom.

Howard Dvorkin is a CPA and chairman of Debt.com, an educational resource for those who want to conquer all forms of debt in their lives.

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About the Author

Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Howard Dvorkin, CPA

I’m a certified public accountant who has authored two books on getting out of debt, Credit Hell and Power Up, and I am one of the personal finance experts for Debt.com. I have focused my professional endeavors in the consumer finance, technology, media and real estate industries creating not only Debt.com, but also Financial Apps and Start Fresh Today, among others. My personal finance advice has been included in countless articles, and has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Forbes and Entrepreneur as well as virtually every national and local newspaper in the country. Everyone should have a reason for living that’s bigger than themselves, and besides my family, mine is this: Teaching Americans how to live happily within their means. To me, money is not the root of all evil. Poor money management is. Money cannot buy happiness, but going into debt always buys misery. That’s why I launched Debt.com. I’m glad you’re here.

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