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Boomers Face Tougher Retirement Than Their Parents Did

When looking at home equity and financial health, those in their late 50s are especially behind 

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En español | Boomers are retiring with less money in the bank than their parents, a new report finds. In large part, they have the housing crisis of a decade ago to blame.

The Stanford Center on Longevity took a number of measurements of financial health, including home equity and retirement savings, in preparation for publishing “Seeing Our Way to Financial Security in the Age of Increased Longevity.”

Among the findings:

  • Boomers are in a financially weaker position than earlier generations of retirees.
  • As of 2014, mid-boomers (those in their late 50s) had less home equity, financial wealth and total household wealth than retirees who were 10 years older.
  • Holding age fixed, mid-boomers had saved less than previous generations at the same age.
  • Approximately 30 percent of boomers had no money saved in retirement plans in 2014.

After assessing the state of play, analysts wrote that their findings “illustrate that the majority of American workers from all backgrounds aren’t on a path to retire full time at age 65 under their pre-retirement standard of living.”

Should that forecast come true, boomers may need to trim their sails as they move into traditional retirement years, the researchers predict. 

“It’s likely they’ll need to consider alternative models of retirement, such as working beyond retirement age, changing one’s standard of living in retirement, strategies for deploying retirement savings, or some combination.”