New Study: Women Behind in Retirement Savings

Libby Kane
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ING released new research today on women and retirement.

Care to guess what it says?

Women, as compared to men, are grossly underprepared for retirement, to the tune of $41, 000 less in average retirement savings.

In their study Retirement Revealed, the ING Research Institute surveyed 1,944 women (and 2,106 men) ages 25-69 with full-time jobs and a household income of $40,000 or higher and found that “a key driver of total retirement savings is the percentage of salary that individuals contribute to their employer-sponsored retirement plan.”

The study found that a larger percentage of women than men save only the minimum 1%-5% of their salaries for retirement and that 56% or women feel financially unprepared for retirement, as compared to 42% of men. Even more alarming, only 25% of women have a formal investment plan to reach retirement goals (compared to an admittedly low 33% of men).

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ING also segmented their results: They found that a whopping 60% of mothers do not feel prepared for retirement and 46% don’t know how to achieve their retirement goals. Among divorced and widowed women, 44% spend some or a lot of time thinking about retirement and 61% list retirement as their primary long-term financial goal.

They also studied single women, and created the infographic below based on their findings: