When asked whether they have ever tried to figure out how much they need to save for retirement, only 42% percent of respondents who are not retired said they had done so.
Even among those aged 45 to 59, only 51% have tried to calculate how much they need to save for their retirement, according to results of the Financial Capability Survey recently conducted by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. The survey explored how Americans manage their resources and make financial decisions.
Only 49% of Americans surveyed by the financial regulator say they have set aside money in a “rainy day” fund. FINRA found that 54% of men and 47% of women say they have set aside a rainy day fund, which it defines as money to cover 3 months of bills and expenditures in case a breadwinner loses a job or cannot work.
In addition, 24% of respondents said they were dissatisfied with their current financial situation, while 25% said they were satisfied and 51% were neutral or didn’t know.
As for saving in general, 33% of those up to age 60 reported they are not saving at all. Of this group, 66% said they were finding it hard to cover their monthly expenses and pay bills.
Other findings from FINRA’s survey:
–About 33% stated they had experienced a large and unexpected drop in income during the past year.