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More older Americans are heading toward retirement with little to no savings, and the situation is increasingly income-stratified. An AARP survey found that just around a fifth of American adults 50 and older have no retirement savings. AdvertisementAt the same time, there's a growing income disparity between retirement savings. And, except for the richest Americans, retirement balances didn't have any "detectable differences" during that same period — suggesting that only the highest-earning retirees were saving up more. Are you struggling with retirement savings or don't have enough money saved?
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Americans think they need a whole lot more money than they're making to feel comfortable, according to a new survey. The latest survey from Bankrate, which polled 2,407 US adults from May 16 to 20, looks at how much Americans think they need to make to feel financially secure. According to the survey, Gen Z respondents said a $200,000 annual salary would ensure their financial security. Millennials said they'd need $199,000, and for Gen Xers and baby boomers, their financial security targets were at $183,000 and $171,000, respectively. To be sure, it's not all bad for Gen Z. TransUnion's latest Consumer Pulse Study found that Gen Z is "the most stable of any generation" in this year's second quarter, with 45% of them reporting wage increases over the past three months.
Persons: Gen, Millennials, Gen Xers, Gen Zers, Sarah Foster, Z, Zers, Michele Raneri, it's, They're, Charlie Wise, that's, Zer Organizations: Service, Business, Survey, Consumer Finances, Washington Post, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BI, Millennials, TransUnion Locations: Bankrate
AdvertisementAs the way we save for retirement has evolved, some people are now cashing in on the golden age for retirement savings — when benefits were more generous and investments in real estate and stocks boomed. While it's still possible to achieve, a fat retirement account has become rarer. AdvertisementBack in 2007, per GAO's calculations of the Survey of Consumer Finances, around 21% of low-income households had a retirement account balance. While losses weren't as profound for those in the middle-income quintile, their retirement account balances did fall slightly from 2007 to 2019. All of that comes as retirement savings become more of an individual onus.
Persons: , Michael, Connie, didn't, frugality, it's, would've, David John, that's, John, Valerie, who's, Valerie —, hinging, she's Organizations: Service, Navy, Business, Social Security, Survey, Consumer Finances, GAO, AARP, Security, BI Locations: Florida, Denver, Oregon, Seattle
Read previewAmerica's stimulus-fueled shopping spree looks just about over — and lower spending could be a signal that a consumer-led downturn is on the horizon, economic experts say. Retail spending ticked 0.1% higher in May, but sales volume has dropped 1.3% year-over-year over the last three months, US Census data shows. That adds to a 4% decline in retail sales in the first quarter — and it's a strong sign the long-awaited consumer recession is on the horizon, economist David Rosenberg said recently. "Early signs of a consumer recession finally coming to the fore." AdvertisementThe US has 52% chance of slipping into recession by May of next year, according to projections from the New York Fed.
Persons: , David Rosenberg, Stephanie Pomboy, Ian Shepherdson Organizations: Service, Business, McKinsey, Deutsche Bank, Consumer, Federal Reserve, New York Fed, Pantheon Macroeconomics
The multiple exceeds 9 and approaches 12 in the hottest markets, rendering them "impossibly unaffordable," per a recent study. That's according to "The State of the Nation's Housing 2024" report published by Harvard University this week. Only 6.6 million — fewer than 15% — of the 45 million renter households in the US make enough to afford the median payment. Indeed, the Harvard study found that 23% of homeowner households were "stretched worryingly thin," and more than a quarter of renters were paying at least half their incomes toward housing and utilities in 2022. Many homeowners are seeing their incomes squeezed by steeper prices and interest payments, and many renters have given up on buying a home.
Persons: , Robert Gauthier Organizations: Service, Business, Harvard University, Survey, Consumer Finances, Harvard Locations: La Habra , California
Welcome to the age of geriatric millionaires
  + stars: | 2024-06-15 | by ( Juliana Kaplan | )   time to read: +8 min
While it makes sense that time is often a crucial ingredient to accruing savings and assets, the average age of millionaires in the US has been rising faster than the average age of the overall population over the last three decades. How millionaires are changingSince 1992, the average age of the country's millionaires has been going up. That means that younger millionaires aren't joining their ranks fast enough to keep the average age steady. Millionaires are overrepresented beginning around age 50, but track pretty cleanly with the cohort in their 40's. What does it mean to have so many older millionaires?
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Gen X is feeling the sting of inflation more than other generations. A new TransUnion study shows Gen X is planing the greatest cutbacks in discretionary spending. AdvertisementThis comes at a time when many Gen Xers are already feeling financial pressure. Gen X feels less optimistic about money than other generationsGen X also has a more dire view of the economy in general. Additionally, more than one-third of Gen X respondents anticipate canceling subscriptions and memberships, and one in four plan to cancel or reduce digital services.
Persons: Gen Xers, , Xers, TransUnion, Dynata, X —, X, Gen X, Gen, Charlie Wise Organizations: Service, Federal Reserve Bank, Business, Federal Reserve's Survey, Consumer Finances, Boomers Locations: TransUnion
Investors may not have sufficiently accounted for the impact of stretched consumer finances on the discretionary sector. We'll review the dichotomy going on in the consumer discretionary sector and give a bearish trade on an outperforming stock once thought to be immune from some of the pressures. To some extent, the haves and have-nots divide explains the difference between the consumer discretionary stocks that have outperformed versus underperformed this year. Horton, YTD However, two industry groups within the consumer discretionary sector have not followed this pattern to the same degree. The trade: Chipotle The best-performing restaurant in the consumer discretionary sector so far this year is Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG) up a market-crushing 36.8%.
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Using data from the Fed's Survey of Consumer Finances, the analysis finds that over a million Americans ages 55 to 64 are holding student loans, or have spouses with loans. There are a range of reasons why older borrowers might be struggling to pay off their student loans. Millennials are most likely to hold student debt with an average balance of about $35,000, and while fewer Gen Xers have student debt, their average balance is higher at about $48,000, according to TransUnion. Provisions are being rolled out by President Joe Biden's Education Department that could ease the burden of student debt on older borrowers. AdvertisementAre you a Gen Xer with student debt who is worried about retirement?
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The documentary chronicles the rise and fall of the movie-ticket-subscription company MoviePass, and is based on award-winning reporting from Business Insider . The big storyRetirement mathGetty Images;Alyssa Powell/BIFor some millennials, the reality of their retirement plans is that they're a fantasy. AdvertisementIt's not the first time we've gotten troubling data about millennials' retirement plans. But it's not just a lack of savings working against millennials' plans of riding off into the retirement sunset. AdvertisementAnd if you're hoping for a Hail Mary in the form of a fat inheritance to jumpstart your retirement plans, that's not looking great either.
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However, the average millennial reported roughly $63,000 in retirement savings so far. While millennials will need more money to retire comfortably, many are far away from the savings milestone experts suggest. What's more, the future of the US Social Security system is uncertain, and longer expected lifespans — while a positive development — will require more retirement savings. How to figure out how much retirement savings you needTiffany Bell, a 36-year-old business management professional based in Houston, didn't always take retirement savings seriously. How millennials can get their retirement savings back on trackWhile some millennials are struggling financially, it's not all doom and gloom when it comes to their retirement prospects.
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That rate of rapid wealth growth has never happened before in the data series' history, per the analysis, and it comes after wealth growth remained relatively stagnant for young Americans pre-pandemic. This data, as the authors of the CAP analysis note, suggests that wealth gains weren't just reserved for the top-earning millennials since both median and average wealth grew. "This suggests that the strong wealth growth for younger Americans is broad-based and not the result of strong growth of a handful of wealthy younger households," the authors write. As that report notes, financial assets were a major component of younger Americans' wealth growing. "We need to keep this robust labor market going and Congress needs to set its sights on younger Americans' greatest affordability challenge: housing," Duke said.
Persons: , Gen X, Brendan Duke, Christian Weller, X, millennials, Duke, BI's Noah Sheidlower Organizations: Service, Center for American Progress, Federal, Business, Boomers, Federal Reserve's Survey, Consumer Finances, millennials, Liberty Street, Federal Reserve Bank of New Locations: millennials, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
In particular, the researchers looked at a group dubbed "disconnected youth," who aren't working and are also not in school. As of 2022, disconnected youth comprised 13% of this age group; that share has been rising overall since 1998, according to calculations from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. AdvertisementYounger Americans are facing stagnant incomesThe Dallas Fed found that, even after a post-pandemic dip, the rate of disconnected youth has increased since the end of the 1990s. AdvertisementAnd the number of young adults with no income has been on the rise; in 1990, around one in five young adults said they had no wage or salary income. Are you or were you a "disconnected youth," or supporting one?
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Unlike many older Americans with a higher net worth, these workers are what's called "HENRYs" — high earners, not rich yet. Most HENRYs are ages 40 to 49, although an impressive 5.3% are ages 20 to 29. Credit card balances keep reaching record highs, and Fortune found that American cardholders have, on average, $5,733 in credit card balances. Like other consumers, HENRYs carry some credit card debt, and just under half have credit card balances. Even so, HENRYs tend to earn their money the same way as most Americans: They work a job that earns wages.
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The Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank, looked at just how much better union workers are faring. By analyzing the Federal Reserve's Survey of Consumer Finances, CAP found that in 2022, union households held $338,482 in median wealth. Black, nonunion households have a median household wealth of $61,500; meanwhile, Black union households hold around $164,6000 in median household wealth. Union membership rates have declined for decades, reaching a record low of 10% in 2023. The researcher VanHeuvelen previously told BI that the decline in union membership would be like if the wage premium for going to college disappeared.
Persons: it's, Zachary Parolin, Tom VanHeuvelen, VanHeuvelen Organizations: Service, American Progress, Reserve's Survey, Consumer Finances, CAP, Business, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Labor Statistics, of Labor Statistics, Research, Bocconi University, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Workers, , United Auto Workers, UPS Teamsters, SAG Locations: United States
America’s economy remains remarkably solid, despite the high interest rates. The Fed dramatically cut interest rates in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic to help shore up an economy dealing with high unemployment, prompting mortgage rates to also drop in tandem. Those homeowners who locked in an affordable 3% mortgage rate, for instance, aren’t likely to trade it for anything higher. Fed officials reflected in their latest economic projections from December that they expect to cut interest rates three times this year, which would also lower mortgage rates. That all means that Americans have been well equipped to deal with the effects of high interest rates.
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Ryan Tan and Corinne Chow are a DINK couple in Singapore. AdvertisementThe couple is part of a growing group of DINK — double income, no kids — couples around the world. Advertisement"Now when we go on holidays, we have a bit more disposable income," Chow said. People in comments and on private messaging often thank her for creating content about not having children, she said. And I know not having children has contributed largely to that expense."
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Americans need a minimum net worth of $5.8 million to be in the top 1% of US wealth. The number of ultra-high net worth individuals globally is expected to surge by 28% by 2028. AdvertisementAmericans need at least $5.8 million in net worth to be in the top 1% of wealth in their country — less than half of the 1% cutoff for Monaco. Wealth as measured by Knight Frank includes investments, cash, and assets such as residences. In 2022, the median net worth for the top 10th percentile was $2.56 million, whereas net worth was just $14,000 for those in the bottom 20th percentile.
Persons: , Knight Frank, Liam Bailey, Frank, Bailey Organizations: Service, Monaco, US, Federal Reserve's Survey, Consumer Finances, Bank Locations: Monaco, Luxembourg, Switzerland, North America, India, China
Zillow determined that a family earning a median household income of $6,640 per month can expect to allocate $1,984 of that to childcare. It all adds up to a costly reality that's making the American dream of homeownership seem farther out of reach for parents than ever before. Based on the study, a new buyer household in the United States, making the median income, would spend 30% of it on housing. The upshot: Another group, less encumbered financially, appears better poised to realize the dream of homeownership: "DINKS," an acronym that stands for "dual income, no kids." "I paid $1,750 for rent in a crappy little apartment in California," Crossan told BI earlier this year.
Persons: , Zillow, DINKS, Elizabeth Johnson, Johnson, Bartie Scott, Juliana Kaplan, Janelle Crossan, Crossan, Pengyu Cheng, Cheng Pengyu Cheng, Cheng Organizations: Service, US Department of Labor, Federal, Consumer Locations: Women’s, Los Angeles, San Diego, United States, Swiss, snorkeled, Hawaii, Canada, New Braunfels , Texas, Costa Mesa , California, California, Austin , Texas, Texas, San Francisco
The 'Forgotten Middle' group might face difficulties affording necessary housing and care. AdvertisementA crisis is ballooning for middle Americans of retirement age. ”They focused on the potentially bleak financial futures of what they term the "Forgotten Middle." AdvertisementThat “Forgotten Middle” group is only expected to get bigger and more diverse. A University of Southern California and Columbia University analysis found that homeownership rates for lower-income “Forgotten Middle” Americans have fallen by 31% from 1994 to 2018.
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When Tiffany Wasiuk, 42, heard from her now-husband on their first date that he never wanted children, she was pretty much ready to marry him. “That was amazing that we actually met, and I found someone that never wanted children as well,” she said. The lifestyle choice has also meant a level of financial stability and preparedness that’s become a hallmark of DINKs. “And I know not having children has contributed largely to that expense.”AdvertisementLike many other DINKs, Wasiuk and her husband enjoy traveling. Her parents also had a boat at the marina, and they were able to join Wasiuk and her husband for boating adventures.
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In my debut novel, a family retraces their lineage in order to be eligible for the nation’s first federal reparations program for Black Americans. The idea that the United States could ever collectively support a national reparations policy for Black people seemed, well, the stuff of fiction. Since then, reparations task forces and commissions have been created in California, Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania. To address systemic inequalities rooted in federal law, a federal reparations policy is required. I decided to write about reparations after researching the racial wealth gap, the statistics of which continue to paint a picture of widespread systemic failure.
Persons: Jim Crow Organizations: Black Americans, Consumer Finances, National Association of Realtors, White Americans, White Locations: Evanston, Ill, United States, California , Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, State
They're also flocking to cities like Austin, Scottsdale, and Miami. NEW LOOK Sign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . Probably lots of Americans — but members of the rarified club are likely to be white, older, and college-educated. They're also making a return to New York City after a pandemic hiatus, as lower-earning New Yorkers decide to leave.
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DINKs are proudly emerging as an aspirational class for young people — and they're ready to live it up. So when she set up her dating profile, Johnson included in her bio that she didn't want to have kids of her own. Amy Blackstone, the author of the 2019 book " Childfree by Choice ," said that the financial gap between DINKs and couples with kids wasn't solely because of the choice about children. DINKs, GINKs, " rich aunties ," and DINKWADs — DINKs with a dog — have become aspirational identities for younger generations. There are the DINKs who can seize the American dream and the parents who are struggling to stay afloat in a country without guaranteed paid leave or affordable childcare .
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They didn't necessarily set out to become DINKs, but it's a lifestyle that's worked well. AdvertisementWendy and Steve Thomas didn't necessarily set out to be DINKs, but it's a lifestyle that's worked out for them. Wendy Thomas, 55, and Steve Thomas, 51, are a California-based couple in a growing legion of Americans who are DINKS — households that are double income, with no kids. It's a lifestyle they "fell into," according to Steve Thomas, who works in the golf maintenance industry. AdvertisementAnd the couple isn't out proselytizing the DINK lifestyle, although it can elicit a lot of questions from strangers.
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