Millennials Really Do Save Better Than Older Generations
Despite misconceptions that they’re wasteful with their money.
Personal finance news and credit trends for the Sandwich Generation
Despite misconceptions that they’re wasteful with their money.
They’ve increased their savings rate over two consecutive years.
We want to take care of our elderly family members. But we don’t want to talk about it.
Gen Xers struggle more than prior generations to save money, and a new study finds that those with subprime credit often have no savings at all.
Baby boomers say they are financially ready for retirement. Most say that living life on the cheap side will leave you more money in your later years.
Older citizens are also doing better than younger ones.
And the more they talk, the happier they are
But their growing debt apathy may have payoffs for all
They’re the furthest from retirement, but it’s still one of their main goals.
And that’s a good thing, since we aren’t saving enough anyway.
They are more willing to give up financial stability for smartphones, than younger generations.
The economic recovery is literally one step forward, one step back.
Nearly one-third of Americans 50 years of age and older have faced career setbacks and by 2021, retirees will lose $4.3 trillion in retirement savings.
When elder relatives get financially abused, caregivers struggle to keep them afloat.
Most families believe having money chats is very important but neither parents nor their adult children are actually talking about finances.
Parents are downsizing and delaying retirement to make sure their kids and their savings are both in tact.
Grandparents that are more willing to help out are saving their millennial children tens of thousands of dollars a year in child-rearing.
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Most parents are saving for their child’s education, and they’re saving more money.
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And what I say to shut them the hell up.
A recent study found that nearly half (47%) of Americans in their 40s and 50s taking care of an aging parent at the same time they are financially supporting an adult child over age 18. It’s the reason Gen X gained the additional title of the “Sandwich Generation.” For all the labels of slackers that Generation X received, they’re now taking care of three generations, often in one house.
This creates a huge financial burden on Gen X households. About 15% of Gen Xers are financially support both a parent and adult child. That leaves little room for focusing on their own financial goals.
Not surprisingly, Generation X struggles to save for their own retirement. A 2017 study by Northwestern Mutual found that 37% of generation members say they’ve taken no steps to prepare for their financial future.
That’s a problem. As the study points out, Gen X is the first true generation that’s solely reliant on retirement accounts. Pensions are absolutely a thing of the past. This makes it imperative for Gen Xers to start saving early. However, 45% say they prefer not to concern themselves with retirement investing until later.
This is a recipe for a retirement nightmare. More Gen Xers will be forced to work longer or maintain at least part time employment in retirement. And that’s only if Social Security doesn’t get gutted before they reach their golden years.
The average student loan balance for someone in their 40s is still $30,000. Gen X is more likely to hold their own student debt longer. They also are footing PLUS loans for their adult children, as tuition continues to climb. So, rather than student loan balances going down, they’re going up.
That’s a serious issue as you hit middle age. Student loans were always supposed to be those debts that you paid off in your 20s and 30s. By your 40s, it’s supposed to be clear, so you have financial breathing room for things like homebuying and starting a family.
Having student loan debt while you work to prepare for retirement is creating a financial rock and a hard place. So, if you’re in Gen X and still have student loan debt to repay, you need to find solutions. The good news is that about 50% of borrowers overpay and have better ways to eliminate their debt that they’re not using.
As if paying student loans in your 40s wasn’t enough, there’s more debt pretty much everywhere. They have more mortgage debt than Baby Boomers – $144,000 versus $90,000. They also have more credit card debt with $8,000 in average balances versus $6,000 for Boomers.
What’s more, Gen Xers are more likely to rely on credit cards to cover everyday purchases. About 20% believe in going into debt on everyday expenses versus just 14% of Boomers. Of course, if you’re supporting your Boomer parents, that’s probably a contributing factor in why you can’t balance a budget.
According to NerdWallet, the average credit score for Generation X is 655. A “fair” FICO score ranges from 630-689. So, Gen X is comfortably within the fair range. The same study shows that Gen Xers use about 37% of their available credit (30% or less is good). And they are twice as likely as the Silent Generation to have payments that are more than 90 days overdue; that’s 40% likely versus 16%.
Still, fair isn’t good and lower credit scores mean higher costs to borrow. Basically, not only is Gen X carrying more debt, because of their credit they’re doing it at higher interest rates. That means higher costs over the time it takes to eliminate each debt.
If you’re a member of Generation X, your prime directive is to find practical debt solutions. Carrying more debt at higher interest rates will only further delay saving for life goals and retirement. In order to get ahead, you need to focus on eliminating debt.
Luckily, you’re in the right place. Debt.com offers solutions for credit card debt, student loans and tax debt. We can help you find solutions that will help you reach zero, so you can save for your own future, even as you support parents and adult children. Call us or visit our Solutions Center to get started.
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