Retirement Or Bust

by Zoe Pollock

Megan McArdle has a sobering story on the realities of our retirement plans. From a stock market perspective, we may not be preparing as well as we think we are:

Whether Americans know it or not, they have spent decades basing their retirement plans on expectations of big capital gains in their houses and stock portfolios. But no system can completely protect us from the problem of lower asset returns. Schrager suggests that unless we suddenly become willing to save a huge chunk of our income every year, we may need to rethink our retirement plans. “I don’t know if it’s ever going to be realistic that everyone saves enough to spend the last third of their life on vacation,” she says.