Young people may be underestimating how much money they need to fund their futures.
"As many as 34 percent of millennials believe they only need $200,000 or less to retire comfortably," reports Aperion Care, which surveyed 2,000 millennials to get a sense of what they think about aging, retirement and their future in general.
"The reality, however, is they need much more. According to AARP, in order to live off of $40,000 a year, a retiree needs to save about $1.18 million for a 30-year retirement."
The same report found that only 25 percent of millennials think they need $1 million or more to retire comfortably. The chart below comes from Aperion Care:
How much you will need in your golden years is highly personal and depends on your lifestyle and spending habits, but there are a few basic guidelines to follow if you want to retire comfortably.
Many experts recommend setting aside at least 10 percent of your income as soon as possible. And a 2017 report from the International Longevity Centre — UK (ILC-UK) finds that people should be saving at least 11 percent, and ideally more like 20 percent, of their income if they want "to achieve an adequate retirement income," which it defines as 70 percent of your earnings throughout your working life.
While millennials tend to get a bad rap for how they manage their money — and may indeed be underestimating how much they need for their future — many young people actually have six-figure retirement savings accounts.
According to a 2017 Fidelity Investments analysis of 59,000 millennials who have contributed to a 401(k) plan for 10 years, the average balance was $109,400 at the end of June 2017, NerdWallet reports.
No matter how much you have set aside, start building a suitable nest egg today by following these three steps:
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