Gallup Finds Americans Expect To Retire Later And With Less Money
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  • thibaud

    The question is not whether the retirement age needs to be raised – off course it does, everywhere across the advanced industrial world – but whether most Americans will be able to retire at all.

    Regardless, one of the most important ways that technology could be deployed to alter work would be various collaborative tools that leverage the contributions that older Americans can make to US employers. Our growth and productivity may well depend in large measure on how productively we use our aged population.

    This is a huge wasted opportunity, one that the youth-obsessed, game- and timewaster-focused VCs in Silicon Valley have entirely neglected.

  • Anthony

    Economic growth listed as 2.2% as of today’s indicators (GDP annual rate) also does not bode well for expectant retirees – unemployment rates are high (especially among young and those labeled near retirement age). A long term result of these shifts may be not only polarized politics but also increased income transfers; so we face as a country some impending questions – one is how can we realize that if everyone does better, then we all do better? a second, and related, is how can we begin to have Americans rethink some paradigms?

  • Nothing wrong with having the retirement age move up, I agree, but you must take into account the fact that mental and physical energy delcines with age. I know. I’m there. Old people need easier kinds of work and they cannot work as many hours as they could when they were younger. Our idea of what a job is has to become more flexible — which it needs to do for other reasons as well (parents need more time with their kids).

  • Gene Evans

    “After all, no one would be complaining if Americans were rich enough so that we could all retire younger and live lives of comfortable leisure.”

    Optimist!

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