Which Generation Saves Most For Their Retirement?

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Which Generation Saves Most For Their Retirement?
Which Generation Saves Most For Their Retirement?

Millennials are saving more of their income than the next oldest generation of workers. This is the surprising finding of a new global survey carried out by deVere Group, the independent financial advisory organisations.

As the report found out, those in Generation Y (24-38 years old) who normally started seeking financial advice in 2018 on average saved 19 per cent of their income for their retirement.

Those in Generation X (39-53-year olds) put aside 16 per cent on average of their income for retirement; and the Baby Boomers (54-74 years old) 35 per cent.

More than 660 people participated in the survey in the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and the U.S. amongst new clients taken on by deVere throughout last year.

Of the survey, Nigel Green, founder and CEO of deVere Group, comments: “The results of the saving survey are both encouraging and alarming.

“It is encouraging that millennials – often falsely stereotyped for their sense of entitlement and for being content to pay for overpriced coffees and smashed avocado on toast – seem to be better at saving and more fiscally responsible than many would have thought.

“Despite their reputation for purely living for today, the poll shows that they are saving for their retirement pretty impressively.  Putting aside nearly a fifth of their income already is highly commendable, especially when many can be expected not to be yet at the peak of their earning power.”

Those in Generation X (39-53-year olds) put aside 16 per cent on average of their income for retirement; and the Baby Boomers (54-74 years old) 35 per cent

He continues: “What is alarming, however, is that Gen X, and to an extent Gen Z, workers are not saving nearly enough in order to be able to have a comparable lifestyle in retirement.  And by the virtue of being older, they have less time to build wealth before leaving work.

As deVere CEO sees it, this is perhaps particularly concerning because we’re living longer, meaning the money we accumulate has to last longer; in the future, it’s unlikely that governments will be in a position to support older people like they have done for previous generations; there is a looming health and social care crisis; as well growing deficits in company pension schemes.

“In addition, it has to be considered that there might not be the option available to work longer if necessary due to ill health, lack of career opportunities, or because of the need to look after sick or elderly relatives,” Mr Green goes on to say, “We need to revitalise the savings culture of Gen X especially. Otherwise many of today’s working population are going to reach retirement and find they have to downgrade their lifestyle and/or continue working longer than they had expected and hoped, due to a lack of savings.”

The deVere CEO concludes: “It’s never too late to start saving for your future, but of course the earlier you begin, the easier it will be to reach your long-term objectives.  As such, the millennials surveyed deserve huge credit. There’s a plethora of financial planning solutions that help you achieve financial freedom in retirement at whatever age you are.

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Hernaldo Turrillo is a writer and author specialised in innovation, AI, DLT, SMEs, trading, investing and new trends in technology and business. He has been working for ztudium group since 2017. He is the editor of openbusinesscouncil.org, tradersdna.com, hedgethink.com, and writes regularly for intelligenthq.com, socialmediacouncil.eu. Hernaldo was born in Spain and finally settled in London, United Kingdom, after a few years of personal growth. Hernaldo finished his Journalism bachelor degree in the University of Seville, Spain, and began working as reporter in the newspaper, Europa Sur, writing about Politics and Society. He also worked as community manager and marketing advisor in Los Barrios, Spain. Innovation, technology, politics and economy are his main interests, with special focus on new trends and ethical projects. He enjoys finding himself getting lost in words, explaining what he understands from the world and helping others. Besides a journalist, he is also a thinker and proactive in digital transformation strategies. Knowledge and ideas have no limits.