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Report Shows That 46% Of Americans Expect To Retire In Debt

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EDITOR'S NOTE: A new survey from MagnifyMoney shows that 46% of Americans now expect to retire in debt, per CNBC. The current numbers back up this worry as well. “The total debt burden for Americans over age 70 increased 614% through 2021 from 1999, to $1.27 trillion, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.” With Social Security dwindling and inflation eating away at people’s retirement plans, this is a real fear for many Americans. To combat this fear, more and more Americans reaching retirement age are working to protect their wealth by doing things like converting a portion of their retirement accounts to sovereign-minted, non-Fungible gold and silver, so they know the value of their savings is protected long-term. 

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  • Roughly 46% of all Americans expect to retire in debt, according to a report.
  • However, debt repayment is even harder on a fixed income and can threaten your retirement security.

Most people are used to living with debt. Retiring in the red is another story.

Maintaining enough cash on hand to cover recurring bills with interest is harder on a fixed income and adds another obstacle to the challenge of living comfortably.

And yet, 46% of all Americans expect to retire in debt, according to a survey by personal finance site MagnifyMoney.

“Debt can derail a lot of folks’ retirement plans,” said Ismat Mangla, MagnifyMoney’s executive editor.

These days, older Americans owe more than ever before.

The total debt burden for Americans over age 70 increased 614% through 2021 from 1999, to $1.27 trillion, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

 
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While most Americans recognize it is increasingly their responsibility to fund retirement rather than relying solely on a pension or Social Security, 43% fear their retirement dreams could be disrupted if Social Security runs dry, according to the MagnifyMoney survey.

Already, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has said the Social Security trust fund will run out of money sooner than expected due to the Covid pandemic.

The outlook threatens to shrink retirement payments and increase health-care costs for older Americans.

Carrying some debt in retirement isn’t necessarily bad if those debt payment plans don’t put a huge financial strain on your retirement income, said Shelly-Ann Eweka, senior director of financial planning strategy at TIAA.

It’s likely that retirees will have to factor in some amount of debt repayment, such as a mortgage or auto loan, but since those typically come with relatively low interest rates, “that’s what I’d call manageable debt,” Eweka said.

“Credit card debt has higher rates and it’s easy to get caught,” she added. “The next thing you know, you are struggling.”

Your retirement income — monthly payments from investments and Social Security, for example — should cover debt payments and still afford you a comfortable lifestyle, she said.

Otherwise, you may need to work longer or find a supplemental source of income from a part-time job, Eweka suggested.

Most experts recommend meeting with a financial advisor to determine exactly what your retirement will look like.

Originally posted on CNBC.

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