The coronavirus recession is destroying millennials’ retirement dreams and they need to act now – blah, blah, blah

I think we need to rename the millennial generation, the “complaining generation.”

Why would one generation care what a previous generation has in terms of wealth? That has no consequence on Millennials ability to prepare for retirement.

If a Millennial wants to be able to retire, their measure is not what boomers or even the top 1% have, but what they will need and what they must do to reach their goal.

Here’s a thought, you cannot spend what you spend now. You must build a plan that provides long-term growth. That includes stocks and bonds that provide dividend and interest income that is reinvested for more compounding over the next 30 plus years.

Even if you start modestly, you will accumulate wealth and equally important, a source of steady income in retirement.

Nothing is driving wealth to the top that means anything to the rest of us or takes from our ability to save. Complaining about inequality is an excuse and a pretty weak one at that.

Want a clue? Most of the wealth growth for the top 1% or so comes from stocks, bonds and real estate. While a billionaire may make a few hundred million over a few months, there is nothing from preventing us mortals from doing the same on a relative scale to our incomes and savings.

Don’t worry about the other guy worry about what you do.

Wealth inequality slams millennials

The U.S. has experienced a marked increase in both income and wealth inequality since the 1980s when most millennials were born. The Census Bureau recently reported that U.S. income inequality reached its highest level in 50 years in 2018. And the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed in a new report that disparities in income and wealth among older households have become greater over the past three decades.

My organization, the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS), found in a report last year that millennials in 2016 reached comparable levels of wealth inequality to baby boomers in 2004, but nearly two full decades earlier in their life cycles. Given that wealth inequality tends to compound over time, the implications of this finding are staggering.

The widening chasm between the haves and the have-nots has clear implications for millennials’ retirement security. Retirement income is closely tied to income and occupation during one’s career. While the overwhelming majority of older Americans will receive income from Social Security in retirement, Social Security functions as a floor to prevent elder poverty; it is not meant to provide full retirement income.

The bottom line: The retirement outlook for millennials is bleak. Widening inequality is driving wealth to the very top. Unless lawmakers in Washington act soon, the Social Security trust fund will be depleted in 2035 and everyone who won’t have retired yet, not just millennials, will experience a sharp cut in their benefits.

Source: The coronavirus recession is destroying millennials’ retirement dreams and they need to act now – MarketWatch

4 comments

  1. Every wage earner in America has had access to a more than adequate, tax favored retirement savings plan since 1982 – the Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Middle class American wage earners who consistently save the maximum in an IRA and achieve a 5% average rate of return will, upon completing 35 – 40 years of saving and reaching SSNRA of 67, have an income, when combined with Social Security, have inflation-adjusted income that exceeds 90% of pre-retirement income.

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  2. There are about 196,000 IRA / 401K millionaires currently in the US (maybe a few less after yesterday). These people did not get to be millionaires by whining about the 1%. Many where not even in the 1%, 5%, or 10% of wage earners during their working career. They worked hard, saved, and invested their money. They earned it. Get over it and do something for yourself instead of expecting government to provide for you. The politicians these days are only listening to the mob and promise anything to keep them happy. Think for yourself then act for yourself.

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  3. I’ve got some good news! Four ( out of four) of my millennial kids are wise spenders and good savers! We raised them like they were going to be future adults and not forever kids. It seemed to work out pretty well!

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