The retirement savings of young Americans are not up to the mark. It has been proven again by a survey which found out that nearly half of young Americans have zero retirement benefits savings. Their chances of getting regular income post-retirement are also low and they also don’t trust the social security system. Still, the majority of young Americans believe that they will have ample amount of money in retirement.
Survey Exposing Zero Retirement Benefits Savings
The survey that revealed the retirement savings problem was conducted by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago in association with Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey was conducted via a GenForward poll. It stated that 48 percent of Americans who were between the ages of 18 to 30 have zero retirement benefits savings and they don’t have access to a traditional pension either. Over 4 in 10 respondents between the ages of 25 to 30 have admitted that they have saved nothing for retirement.
Fewer Traditional Pensions
In the survey, it was also revealed that younger Americans won’t be able to access the traditional pensions that were enjoyed by earlier generations. Only 7 percent of the respondents said that they would be getting the rare benefit so that they get a pre-defined monthly amount post retirement.
No Faith in Social Security
The age in which the Americans receive social security is climbing high too. It is up to 67 rather than 66 so young Americans would have to wait longer for it as compared to their parents and grandparents. Young Americans don’t have faith in the social security system. Only 5 percent have admitted to having full confidence in this benefit while 28 percent said that they are somewhat confident.
The Self Confidence
Despite the sad fact that many of the young Americans have zero retirement benefits savings, their confidence in their own abilities is not lacking. A majority of the respondents admitted that they would have enough money they need in retirement and they will not be dependent on others. About 53 to 56 percent of Asian Americans, African Americans, and white Americans are sure that they will have enough money post-retirement. Only the confidence level of the Latinos is not that high. Just 43 percent think that they are either very confident or somewhat confident that they would have enough money to live comfortably in retirement.