Ways to Retire Confidently
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If you’re concerned about saving enough for retirement, planning for a reliable monthly income that lasts for life can help.

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Less than half of all Americans (just 48%) expect their savings to last their lifetime, according to a recent study from the Alliance for Lifetime Income, a nonprofit organization formed by some of the nation's leading financial services organizations. But having a source of reliable monthly income significantly improves retirement confidence. In fact, 74% of individuals with a pension or annuity expect their savings to last their lifetime, compared to just 33% of those without a protected income source. The problem is that the majority of households—62%—lack this kind of savings vehicle.1

The research reveals a troubling trend in retirement preparation—but it also points the way toward a better future for people who plan wisely.

Younger generations are less prepared

The level of lifetime income is much higher among older generations than younger ones: 54% of people between ages 55 and 74 have a source of protected lifetime income, compared to 34% of people between ages 45 and 54, and just 25% of people between ages 25 and 44.

These numbers tell the story of the decline of pension plans over the past several decades. In the early 1990s, about 35% of private-sector workers participated in a pension plan, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.2 Today, that figure is just 13%.3

Source: Alliance for Lifetime Income, "The Alliance Protected Lifetime Income Index Study Executive Summary," October 2018.

Retirement accounts aren't always enough

Most workers today are encouraged to save with retirement accounts like 401(k)s and IRAs. These accounts are great for accumulating assets, but they don't address the question of drawing down those assets in retirement and don't provide a guarantee that your retirement savings will last your lifetime.

What's more, the risk of outliving your retirement savings is increasing as life expectancies rise, with about a third of 65-year-olds today expected to live past age 90.4 Social Security can help, but it only provides about a third of retirement income for retirees who have at least $150,000 in assets and do not also have a pension plan or an annuity, according to the Alliance study.


Annuities can help provide income for life

In the face of longer life expectancies and the decline of pension plans, annuities are an attractive option for many to secure lifetime income. Many annuities allow you to grow tax-deferred retirement savings while you work, then provide regular payouts in retirement. What's more, some annuities offer a lifetime payout option that guarantees you won’t outlive this source of income.

The consistent income provided by certain annuities can help cover day-to-day expenses and can also help you shoulder the cost of unexpected expenses by ensuring that you have a regular source of income that won't dry up from month to month or year to year.


1 The Alliance for Lifetime Income, "The Alliance Protected Lifetime Income Index Study Executive Summary," October 2018
2 BLS (https://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2012/12/art1full.pdf)
3 Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Retirement benefits: Access, participation, and take-up rates." March 2018.
4 Social Security Administration. "Benefits Planner | Life Expectancy." Accessed June 2019.

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