Latest News

September 23rd, 2009 | Market Watch

Retirements in peril: U.S. system is full of holes

By: Andrea Coombes

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — The destructive effects of the financial crisis may be waning, but your retirement account won’t soon forget. Savers lost 40% or more in the downturn — a collective $2.1 trillion disappeared from 401(k) and IRA assets in 2008 alone — and while the recent stock-market recovery may feel good, it’s done little to stem a mounting crisis in the retirement system in the United States.

It’s not just investments that are the problem: Social Security needs financial resuscitation, and the bursting of the housing bubble that helped spark the financial crisis vaporized the home equity many people were counting on to fund their golden years. Corporations are curtailing traditional pensions and older Americans are being forced to work longer to make up the difference.

Where does this leave our retirement plans? Ask a middle-class American when he plans to retire, and more often than not you’ll get a wry chuckle and “I’ll be working until I die.” The attempt at humor masks what may be close to reality for some people.

For the full article click Market Watch

[contact-form-7 id="6520" title="Sign Up For Our Mailing List"]
<div role="form" class="wpcf7" id="wpcf7-f6520-o2" lang="en-US" dir="ltr"> <div class="screen-reader-response"></div> <form action="/retirements-in-peril-u-s-system-is-full-of-holes/#wpcf7-f6520-o2" method="post" class="wpcf7-form" novalidate="novalidate"> <div style="display: none;"> <input type="hidden" name="_wpcf7" value="6520" /> <input type="hidden" name="_wpcf7_version" value="5.1.6" /> <input type="hidden" name="_wpcf7_locale" value="en_US" /> <input type="hidden" name="_wpcf7_unit_tag" value="wpcf7-f6520-o2" /> <input type="hidden" name="_wpcf7_container_post" value="0" /> <input type="hidden" name="g-recaptcha-response" value="" /> </div> <div id="mb-form"> <p><span class="wpcf7-form-control-wrap FirstName"><input type="text" name="FirstName" value="" size="40" class="wpcf7-form-control wpcf7-text wpcf7-validates-as-required" id="FirstName" aria-required="true" aria-invalid="false" placeholder="First Name*" /></span> </p> <p><span class="wpcf7-form-control-wrap LastName"><input type="text" name="LastName" value="" size="40" class="wpcf7-form-control wpcf7-text wpcf7-validates-as-required" id="LastName" aria-required="true" aria-invalid="false" placeholder="Last Name*" /></span> </p> <p><span class="wpcf7-form-control-wrap Email"><input type="email" name="Email" value="" size="40" class="wpcf7-form-control wpcf7-text wpcf7-email wpcf7-validates-as-required wpcf7-validates-as-email" id="Email" aria-required="true" aria-invalid="false" placeholder="Email*" /></span> </p> <p><span class="wpcf7-form-control-wrap Phone"><input type="tel" name="Phone" value="" size="40" maxlength="10" minlength="10" class="wpcf7-form-control wpcf7-text wpcf7-tel wpcf7-validates-as-required wpcf7-validates-as-tel" id="Email" aria-required="true" aria-invalid="false" placeholder="Phone*" /></span> </p> <div class="hide"> <span class="wpcf7-form-control-wrap ctct-560"><span class="wpcf7-form-control wpcf7-ctct"><div><input type="hidden" value="1380445631" name="ctct-560[]" /> </div></span></span> </div> <p><span id="wpcf7-5e86ed368807c" class="wpcf7-form-control-wrap gf-hp-wrap" style="display:none !important; visibility:hidden !important;"><label class="hp-message">Please leave this field empty.</label><input class="wpcf7-form-control wpcf7-text" type="text" name="gf-hp" value="" size="40" tabindex="-1" autocomplete="nope" /></span></p> <div class="formcaptcha"> <div style="margin: 30px 0;"> </div> </div> <p><input type="submit" value="Submit" class="wpcf7-form-control wpcf7-submit" id="submit" /></p> </div> <div class="clear"></div> <div class="wpcf7-response-output wpcf7-display-none"></div></form></div>
Gerstein Fisher
Content Locked
Gerstein Fisher would like to send you periodic email updates. For instant access to this video, please enter your email address into field below. Thank you! Click here to go back.