Retirement Catch Up: Saving After 50

“. . .more than a third of people 55 and older have saved less than $10,000.”

According to Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, President of the Charles Schwab Foundation and daughter of Charles Schwab, there are a number of steps anyone can take to get their financial house in order.

For example, Ms. Schwab-Pomerantz suggests that savings should be non-negotiable–it’s that important.  To increase the amount saved, people should take a hard look at where they are spending their money.  For example, do you really need cable television or that new car?

She also suggests that a person in their 20s should save 10 percent of income in order to save the money needed for a comfortable retirement.  If the same person waits until she or he is in their 30s, the percentage for savings increases to 20 percent while someone in their 40s will need to save 30 percent of their income.  Finally, a person in their 50s will need to save 40 percent of income to provide for retirement.   The Bottom Line:  The percentage a person must save for a comfortable retirement increases if they wait to begin a savings and investment program.

For more information go to–saving-after-50-043631641.html

Teaching Suggestions

You may want to use the information in this blog post and the original article to

  • Remind students how small changes in how they manage their financial affairs can change their lives both now and when they reach retirement age.
  • Stress the importance of beginning a savings and investment program sooner rather than later.
  • Use a Time Value of Money calculation to show how regular savings can increase over time.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why is it important to begin a savings and investment program when you are in your 20s?
  2. Where does the money come from to begin a savings and investment program?

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