Have you saved enough for retirement?
Ever wondered what everyone else has set aside for retirement? Here's a look at the value of savings and investments (not including the value of their primary residence) of those age 50 and older who responded to our survey.
- 16% have less than $100,000
- 17% have $100,000 to less than $250,000
- 22% have $250,000 to less than $500,000
- 14% have $500,000 to less than $1 million
- 8% have $1 million or more
Other research shows retirement plan participants ages 50-64 have an average account balance of about $62,000. Those ages 65 and older have an average of about $75,000.
How do your savings stack up? Have you saved enough for retirement?
The majority (62 percent) of those surveyed think they'll need 75 percent — or even less — of their pre-retirement income during retirement. Many financial experts, however, recommend an 85 percent replacement ratio — meaning that you have enough income during retirement (from savings, Social Security and any other sources) to replace 85 percent of your pre-retirement income. You may need more or less to maintain your standard of living in retirement.
People who've saved, for instance, $100,000 for retirement by age 67 may feel like they're in pretty good shape financially. After all, $100,000 is a lot of money.
But keep in mind that many financial professionals recommend you withdraw no more than 4 to 5 percent each year. For someone with $100,000 saved, that's just $5,000 in retirement "income" each year. Social Security will help, but for a worker earning $40,000 a year, for example, Social Security provides only about 40 percent of pre-retirement income.
So how do you get to an 85 percent replacement ratio during retirement? Many financial professionals recommend that you save 15 percent of your annual pay, including any employer contributions, throughout your career. If you haven't saved at this rate, you still have time to see where you stand, consider your options and accumulate additional savings.
If you need to boost savings, these steps may help.
- Consider saving as much as you can now in your employer's retirement plan, including taking advantage of catch-up contributions (up to an additional $5,500 for the 2012 tax year) if the plan allows it. You can also save in individual retirement accounts (IRAs).
- Work with a financial professional. He or she can help you determine if you need to save more for retirement — and if so, how much.
Ready to take action?
To see if your savings are on track, use this retirement tool.
- Pre-Retiree Participant Survey conducted by the Principal Financial Group, March 2012. 22% of respondents either didn't want to provide or didn't know their asset level.
- The Principal Financial Group, The Total View 2011 Retirement Plan Trends Report.
- Assuming pre-retirement gross annual income of $40,000. Aon Consulting 2008 Replacement Ratio Study.
- Research with Financial Advisors, June 2011, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Principal Financial Group. When looking at all responses in the survey, the median is the middle of the responses given.
- Online contribution changes are not allowed for all retirement plans. If you are not able to update your contribution at principal.com, see your human resources contact.
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