It's financial literacy month, created in 2003 to teach Americans how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits.
Baby boomers are going to live longer than they think, and if trends continue, many will run out of money before they die.
Just look at the state of the three "legs" of the retirement "stool:" private savings, pensions, and Social Security.
Let's start with private savings. At Vanguard, the average 401(k) account value for an investor age 65+ is $192,877 in 2018, but that number is inflated by a small group of long-time super-savers. The median balance among the age group is a measly $58,035.
Average that out over 20 years — most Americans should expect to live into their 80s — and that is not a lot to pull out on a yearly basis, a little more than $3,000.
Some lucky Americans have more than one retirement plan, because they may have had multiple employers. Their picture is brighter than the example above.
The state of those who have pensions are not much better. The median private pension was only $9,376 a year, according to the Pension Rights Center (state, local and federal pensions were higher).
That leaves us with Social Security. In 2018, the average Social Security check was $1,422 a month or $17,064 a year.
So let's add up what our yearly payments are:
Personal savings $3,000
Social Security $17,064
It's certainly possible to live on $29,000 a year, particularly if you own your home, have low expenses, and live in a relatively low-cost part of the country.
But it is hardly a robust retirement.
And remember: these are the lucky ones. A 2018 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis found that only 27% of households have a defined benefit plan (a pension), while only 33% have a defined contribution plan (usually a 401(k)).
The same study found that of households that do not have a company sponsored pension or 401(k)-type plan, only 20 percent have an IRA or Keogh account.
Most young Americans are no longer getting pensions of any kind, so there is an even greater onus on them to save more.
The Saint Louis Fed concluded: "It could be worrisome that, for many American households, the total balances of their retirement accounts may not be sufficient to ensure a solid life in retirement."
Invest in You:
Congress recognizes the need to do more. A bipartisan bill, H.R. 1007, the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA) of 2019, has been introduced in Congress, which will provide U.S. workers increased opportunities to participate in an employer-provided retirement plan. It would remove restrictions that allow small businesses to band together in a Multiple Employer Plan so they achieve economies of scale and make it easier for employers to offer a retirement plan to workers.
It would also help savers make more-informed decisions regarding their finances by providing lifetime monthly income estimates on benefit statements.
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Most importantly, RESA will increase opportunities for workers to save by enhancing automatic enrollment in retirement accounts. Automatic enrollment is extremely successful in getting more people to save for retirement with participation rates at least 10 percentage points higher in plans with automatic enrollment.