Though Social Security has made a significant difference in the lives of senior citizens around the world, the retirement security problem has become increasingly urgent in America. Not only are there fewer workers to support our aging population, but the percentage of older people who rely on Social Security for at least half of their income has spiked since the 1980s.
Worse, there is also a widespread feeling that having a workplace retirement plan is not always enough. About one in six people with no retirement savings (18 percent) is not confident that they will be able to retire comfortably — a situation that is likely to get worse before it gets better. In 2017, for example, about half of Americans considered themselves to be at least “not very confident” they could afford to retire on their own.
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