The latest study from Wells Fargo discovered that a full 37 percent of middle class Americans expect never to retire, but to “work until I’m too sick or die.” Such is the economical discouragement of America, despite years of a gradual improvement of the economy.
Paying bills was the top day-to-day concern of those interviewed, with 59 percent reporting so. 42 percent said that saving and paying bills was impossible.
The annual Wells Fargo Middle Class Retirement study is conducted over the phone and polls 1,000 Middle Class Americans aged 25 to 75. Their report was released this Wednesday.
“There were a couple of points I found shocking or troubling,” said Laurie Nordquist, who heads Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust. “One is the increase in the number of people who say paying bills was their top day-to-day concern.”
What should you as a job seeker do about this? Whatever your income, it is important to have a plan. 45 percent of those interviewed said they had too few assets to make a plan, but as Nordquist said, “Everyone needs a plan, regardless of income level.”A Third of Americans Plan Never to Retire by Andrew Ostler