The epic retirement crisis for older Americans: The median family of retirement age has $12,000 in savings.
Given the discussion of 401ks and IRAs you would think that most Americans have a nice nest egg ready to support them into their margarita drinking days on the beach. Yet like most dreams, the reality is very different. Most Americans are broke. The Economist put out some data highlighting that the median family of […]
The standard wage for an American is $29,000: Social Security data reveals raw figures for the wealthiest country in the world.
All Americans pay Social Security taxes. So looking at Social Security for income data is fairly reliable. The new Social Security figures show that Americans continue to make a lot less than what the public tends to believe. For example, you may have seen mainstream shows with talking heads saying that someone making $200,000 a […]
Unsocial Insecurity: Social Security Fund loses money for the first time since 1983. The new retirement model will have you working until you fall over from a heart attack.
Social Security was never designed as a long-term pension. It was implemented in 1935 during the Great Depression to assist families from falling into absolute poverty. The large work force dominated by men usually meant that many would die and leave a large family behind with no financial resources. Social Security was there to protect […]
Social Security supports 1 out of every 5 Americans: Most retirees heavily depend on Social Security for their retirement income.
It is great that people overall are living longer but adding years to your life can get costly. Retirement can be a long time. For some, retirement can last as long as their working career. With a pension people didn’t have to worry about longevity as if this was a bad thing. Yet pensions are […]
The new American retirement plan equates to working forever: Nonexistent nest eggs and most Americans are bad at planning as to how long they will live.
The idea of retirement is a modern one especially when it comes to saving and having a nest egg. In the past, retirement was only a luxury afforded to a small number of wealthy families. The rest of the population was destined to work until they died. That may seem harsh but that is historical […]
A demographic tsunami looms: By 2020 we will have 20 percent of our population 65 and older. Half of elderly Americans would be in financial ruin if it weren’t for Social Security.
Kicking the can down the road has a nice appeal. It is the same allure that comes from procrastinating. Putting off the dirty work for another day. This seems to be the approach we have taken for deficit spending. So it is no surprise that older Americans have followed in the same footsteps and many […]
Standard American Retirement plan equates to flying by the seat of your pants: The majority of older Americans rely on Social Security as primary source of retirement income.
Social Security keeps half of elderly Americans out of poverty. You need to recall that many older Americans came of age during the 401k cult worship of Wall Street. Greed is good as portrayed in the movie Wall Street. Stories developed as a sign of caution actually drove many to aspire to become financial mavens […]