New Survey Reveals Mixed Retirement Confidence

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The 2024 Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) Retirement Confidence Survey was recently released, and it provides an illuminating look at the current state of retirement preparations and mindsets across the country.

While the findings show reason for optimism, with 68% of workers and 74% of retirees feeling confident about their retirement prospects, this represents only a modest rebound from 2023's significant dip in confidence levels.

Inflation remains the overarching concern, with 83% of workers worried that rising costs may impede their ability to accumulate sufficient savings.1

The survey data reveals a few other key themes that reinforce the importance of prudent, personalized retirement preparation:
Social Security Expectations

Social Security remains the bedrock of most retirement income strategies. An overwhelming 91% of retirees report receiving Social Security benefits, with 62% indicating it's a significant income source. However, only 25% of retirees say they grasp the program's nuances and how to optimize their benefits.1
Savings Imbalance

While Americans have ambitious retirement savings goals (one-third of workers believe they'll need $1.5 million or more), there's a disconnect with current realities.

One-third of workers have less than $50,000 saved, and 14% have under $1,000 put away. This disparity underscores the necessity of developing a tactical, long-term strategy.1
Emergency Savings Needs
Two-thirds of workers would like more opportunities to save for unexpected expenses through their workplace retirement plans. Nearly one in five people admit to tapping their retirement funds for emergencies.1
Lifetime Income Appeal

There's been a notable uptick in interest regarding products that can provide a guaranteed income stream throughout retirement. A full 83% of workers contributing to an employer's plan are interested in converting some of their savings into a product that generates a steady income. As the risk of outliving one's assets remains a pressing concern, these products may play a greater role.1
The 2024 EBRI survey highlights retirement preparation's complexity and evolving nature in. While no two individuals' situations are alike, constant monitoring, being proactive, and adaptability are required to navigate the challenges and maximize the opportunities.

As your financial team, we’re here to provide the guidance, tools, and solutions to position you for the comfortable, worry-free retirement you've envisioned and worked diligently to achieve. If you have any questions or concerns, we’re happy to help.

Until next week,
Your Eagle Wealth Team


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The Week on Wall Street

Stocks edged lower in the final week of May as fresh news on economic growth and inflation failed to inspire investors.

Stocks Slide

Markets shrugged off news that the Q1 Gross Domestic Product was revised lower to 1.3 percent from the initial estimated 1.6 percent. Despite concerns that the economy was cooling faster than expected, investors didn’t believe the update was enough to influence the Fed’s decision about adjusting short-term rates.2

On Friday, investors were on edge waiting for the update on inflation. The Fed’s preferred inflation indicator, called the personal consumption and expenditures (PCE), rose 0.2 percent in April, which was in line with forecasts.3

Stocks rose slightly in pre-market trading on the news but were under pressure throughout the day as investors digested the inflation update. But in the last hour of trading, stock staged a powerful rally led by the Dow, which had its best day of the year.

Is Bad News Good News?

On the economic front, last week's news was generally disappointing. The update on Q1 GDP was a bit discouraging, and several Fed officials gave seemingly more hawkish updates. Also, the Fed’s “Beige Book” revealed modest economic growth nationwide.

Yet despite the drumbeat of bad news, stocks were resilient and closed only slightly lower for the holiday-shortened week.4


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