While many enjoy being spooked at Halloween, what’s not so welcome are haunting feelings about a dark financial future. If your fear of finances is holding you back and you’re too frightened to brave the unknown, take a look at this list of financial statistics which suggests ways to avoid encountering a “scary” situation.
- 67% of American workers have less than $50,000 saved for retirement. A worrisome number from a recent retirement survey that also revealed an even scarier statistic: 29% of Americans have less then $1,000 saved.1 The best way to get out of the dark here is to act now. Invest wisely and realize that saving money in a bank, for example, typically yields low returns. Instead, consider putting your money in a tax-deferred IRA account or 401(k) retirement account, especially if your employer matches contributions.
- 25% of Americans making at least $100,000 live paycheck to paycheck.2 An alarming number of Americans, with what could be perceived as having lucrative jobs, still make poor financial decisions. For many, having more money equals more spending. Time to face your financial situation head-on. Practice making cuts in your monthly expenses to avoid living paycheck to paycheck while adding more to savings or investments that pay back. The more often you practice good spending habits the less scary and more fruitful your financial situation becomes.
- Over 53% of Americans could not pay for an emergency that costs more than $400.3 This is a concerning statistic to think that the average American could not cover an unexpected expense, like a car breaking down or replacing a broken household appliance. General financial wisdom advocates establishing an emergency fund stocked with enough reserve cash to cover three to six months of living expenses. The best way to deal with this is to plan for the unexpected. If saving is an issue, consider setting up an automatic withdrawal from your paycheck to push more cash into savings.
· Over 60% of parents feel more comfortable speaking to an advisor about finances than their adult children.4 Many families still struggle with financial conversations and today, more than ever, children are increasingly anxious about their finances. Don’t let your children make poor financial decisions that could seriously impact them—and possibly you—in the future. The best way to avoid this statistic is to involve them in appropriate financial conversations either at home or with a financial professional.