Don't think retirement is in your future? One study suggests it may come sooner than you'd expect.
These days, when you hear the word retirement, does it seem more like a desert oasis--just out of reach? It could be closer than you think. Despite what many people might have assumed in the wake of the recession, a new study shows that most won't have to keep working indefinitely.
“The results paint a different picture than recent opinion surveys, which find that people anticipate that they will have to work much longer,” according to the report, which was released by the Boston College Center for Retirement Research.
The study breaks down different ages and incomes to illustrate how working longer will improve retirement readiness. The study shows that 30% of people will be prepared to stop working at 62, which is the earliest retirement age recognized by Social Security. Retirement readiness only increases from then on in part, the study says, because Social Security steadily increases during this time: 8% per year from ages 62 to 70.
"While this finding suggests that today’s workers will need to work longer than their parents, they are also healthier and better educated, generally have less physically demanding jobs, and can expect to live longer,” concluded the study.
MAEGHAN OUIMET is a business and culture reporter whose work has appeared in Boston Magazine and Rolling Stone. She covers technology start-ups and innovations from the San Francisco bureau for Inc.com. @MaeghanO