For many members of Generation X, those born between 1965 and 1980, a comfortable retirement may feel like an increasingly distant dream. Despite being in their prime earning years, a significant number of this generation are facing a retirement savings crisis. With a potential lack of assistance from the upcoming Great Wealth Transfer, the outlook seems concerning.
According to a recent study conducted by Prudential, over a third of Gen Xers surveyed have less than $10,000 in retirement savings, with 18% having no savings at all. These numbers paint a sobering picture of the retirement readiness of this generation.
Understanding the Retirement Gap
Gen Xers are grappling with a retirement savings deficit, influenced by various factors. Unlike their Baby Boomer parents, who had access to defined-benefit pension plans, Gen Xers have had to rely on individual retirement savings vehicles like 401(k) plans. Additionally, the impact of the Great Recession during their prime earning years has hindered their progress towards retirement savings goals.
The Great Wealth Transfer: A Missed Opportunity?
The Great Wealth Transfer refers to the anticipated transfer of assets from Baby Boomers to their heirs over the next few decades. However, according to a study by Prudential, most Gen Xers do not expect this event to significantly boost their retirement savings. Potential obstacles, such as late-in-life healthcare costs for parents, sibling wealth distribution, or parents depleting assets due to increased longevity, may limit the impact of the wealth transfer.
A Call to Action for Gen Xers
While the challenges may seem daunting, it’s never too late for Gen Xers to improve their retirement readiness. Here are some strategies to consider:
Maximize retirement contributions
Take full advantage of employer-sponsored retirement plans, such as 401(k)s, particularly if your employer offers matching contributions. Additionally, explore contributing to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) for additional savings potential.
High-interest debt can impede retirement savings. Prioritize paying off debts with a focus on interest rates to free up more funds for saving.
Seek professional advice
Call our office to collaborate with our team of experts who can provide valuable insights into your retirement strategy. Their expertise will help you optimize your assets and create a more secure future.
Plan for healthcare costs
Factor potential healthcare expenses into your retirement plan. Consider options like Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) or long-term care insurance to manage future healthcare costs effectively.
Partner with West Advisory Group
The prospect of missing out on the Great Wealth Transfer may seem daunting for Generation X. However, with the guidance and expertise of our team at West Advisory Group, you can proactively navigate the path to financial success.
To have a retirement that fits you and your family, you need a working FORMula that pulls its weight and works when you can’t. With our exclusive PEAK FORMula™, we’ll work closely with you to piece together a comprehensive financial plan tailored to your unique needs and goals.
We specialize in helping individuals like you develop personalized saving strategies that build a robust nest egg for retirement.
Don’t let the challenges of the journey deter you. By taking action now and working with our dedicated team, you can set yourself on the road to a secure retirement. The key is to start today, and we are here to support you every step of the way.
Call our office today to begin your journey towards financial security. Together, we will create a tailored financial strategy that positions you for a successful future. The road to a secure retirement may have its challenges, but with our expertise and guidance, it’s a journey well worth taking.