15 Retirement Statistics That Will Scare the Crap Out of You

With the possibilities of too much debt, little savings, or stalled wages, Americans fall victim to retirement crises every day. The following statistics may scare you into jumpstarting your financial future. One sickening retirement cost will give you sticker shock.

1. One in three Americans has nothing saved for retirement

  • More than half of Americans have less than $10,000 saved for retirement.

A recent survey from GoBankingRates.com found over half of Americans have no more than $10,000 saved for retirement, and 1 in 3 have nothing saved at all. The National Institute on Retirement Security estimates the nation’s retirement savings gap is between $6.8 and $14 trillion.

Next: Your gender influences your financial future.

2. Women are 27% more likely to have no retirement savings

  • Women must save 18% while men need to save 10% to reach the same financial level in retirement.

The gap between men’s and women’s retirement savings equates to as much as 27%. Nearly two-thirds of women have nothing saved or less than $10,000 in retirement savings, compared to 52% of men. It’s harder for women to save in general, as they make $0.79 for every dollar men make in full-time positions.

Next: This generation experiences a lot of financial regrets.

3. 76% of baby boomers aren’t confident they’ve saved enough for retirement

According to a survey by the Insured Retirement Institute, a large majority of baby boomers doubt their financial future. Of those lacking confidence, 68% wish they’d saved more and 67% wish they would’ve started saving earlier. More than half of Baby Boomers said they need Social Security to make it through retirement.

Next: Seniors don’t want to end up in this position.

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