Millennials Outperforming Older Generations in Retirement Readiness

Ramsey Solutions study shows Millennials’ saving habits position them
for secure retirement

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#millenials–Even though Millennials have had less time to build their retirement
wealth, they are already catching up to many of those who are closest to
retirement, according to a new survey by Ramsey Solutions, a leading
company in financial education. Results show that 58 percent of
Millennials are actively saving for retirement and 38 percent already
know how much money they’ll need for retirement.

This report is the first in a four-part series evaluating the state of
retirement in America as revealed by a survey consisting of more than
1,000 U.S. adults. This installment focuses on Millennials and how they
compare to other generations.

Although nearly 60 percent have less than $10,000 saved for retirement,
this is roughly the same amount as baby boomers, despite baby boomers
having had more time to save. And of the 58 percent who are actively
saving for retirement, they began saving at an average age of 23.

“It’s encouraging to see that Millennials are setting themselves up to
have a much more positive retirement outlook,” says Chris Hogan,
financial expert, number-one national best-selling author and
spokesperson for Ramsey Solutions. “But while Millennials have a great
chance of having a secure retirement, they still need to focus on
eliminating debt and maintaining a balanced lifestyle so they are able
to increase the amount they are saving for retirement.”

Additional key survey findings include:

  • Seven in ten Millennials wish they were already investing more. And
    eight in ten say they plan to save more in the future. On top of that,
    four in ten Millennials know how old they’ll be when they retire,
    about the same as Generation X.
  • 50 percent of Millennials say cost of living is the top reason they
    do not save more for retirement.
    This is followed by kids
    activities/needs (27 percent), student loans (23 percent), credit card
    debt (22 percent) and primary mortgage (21 percent).
  • Only one in five Millennials are “very confident” social security
    will be available when they retire.
    While more than half of baby
    boomers expect Social Security to make up all or most of their
    retirement income, only 28 percent of Millennials hold the same
    belief—58 percent list 401(k) as their primary source of income in
    retirement and 54 percent list savings/cash.

Additional survey findings for this installment can be found at
Part two of the study will focus on financial education and will release
July 13, 2016.

About the Survey

Retirement in America is a research study conducted with 1,016 U.S.
Adults to gain an understanding on attitudes, behaviors and perceptions
around the topics of retirement. The nationally-representative sample
was polled between February 26 and March 1 using a third-party research

About Ramsey Solutions

Ramsey Solutions is committed to helping people regain control of their
money, build wealth, grow their leadership skills and enhance their
lives through personal development. Through a variety of mediums,
including live events, corporate financial wellness program, publishing,
syndicated columns, and two nationally syndicated radio shows, Ramsey
Solutions uses commonsense education to empower people to win at life
and money. Millions of families have graduated from Financial Peace
classes across the country, and Ramsey Solutions’
world-class speakers have brought vision, inspiration and encouragement
to more than a million more.

About Chris Hogan

A popular and dynamic speaker on the topics of personal finance,
retirement and leadership, Chris Hogan helps people across the country
develop successful strategies to manage their money in both their
personal lives and businesses. His new book Retire Inspired: It’s Not
an Age. It’s a Financial Number
released in January 2016 and is a
number-one national best seller. For more than a decade, Chris has
served at Ramsey Solutions as a trusted financial coach and Ramsey
Personality. You can follow Chris on Twitter at @ChrisHogan360
and online at


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