Working, Saving, Retiring

Are you ready for retirement?

Source: International Living

Over half of us aren’t. Ultra-low interest rates, Social Security’s rising age for full benefits, and stricter rules on mortgages have combined to make it extremely difficult for families to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living.

The Federal Reserve compiles a survey of consumer finances every three years, examining household assets, liabilities, and demographics. From this information some researchers at Boston College have assessed what percentage of us are at risk in retirement.

In spite of a rising stock market and stable home prices, more than half of US households won’t be able to reproduce a significant portion of their pre-retirement income by age 65. This proportion has risen steadily for the past 30 years, ever since the Fed has been examining the data.

Source: Center for Retirement Research

Retirement is different today: gone are retirement parties and gold watches. Some elders continue to work because they want to, but many more keep working because they have to. If there isn’t enough to head for the beach, working longer and saving more may be the only option.

Douglas R. Tengdin, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
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Mr. Tengdin is the Chief Investment Officer at Charter Trust Company and author of “The Global Market Update”. The audio version of each post can be heard on radio stations throughout New England every weekday. Mr. Tengdin graduated from Dartmouth College, Magna Cum Laude. He received his Master of Arts from Trinity Divinity School, Magna Cum Laude and received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1992. Mr. Tengdin has been managing investment portfolios for over 30 years, working for Bank of Boston, State Street Global Advisors, Citibank – Tunisia, and Banknorth Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Tengdin has emphasized helping clients manage their financial risks in difficult environments where they can profit from investing in diverse assets in diverse settings. - Leave a comment if you have any questions—I read them all! - And Follow me on Twitter @GlobalMarketUpd

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