ICFE eNEWS #15-18 - June 10th 2015
"A Teachable Moment:
Younger Workers and Social Security"
Online "my Social Security Accounts" Could Help Workers
Role of Social Security Benefits in their Retirement
WASHINGTON, DC - Analysis from the nonpartisan Employee Benefit
Research Institute (EBRI) shows that younger workers are twice
as likely as older workers to believe that Social Security will
not be a part of their retirement income. EBRI published
insights on perceptions about Social Security today as a
follow-up to its 2015 Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS),
released on April 21.
Looking at various demographic
breakdowns, the analysis finds that workers age 45 and under,
particularly men in this age group, are dubious that they will
receive Social Security benefits in retirement. Those who
thought Social Security would be a source of income were more
likely to see a financial advisor.
For instance, 26% of
those younger than age 45 believe Social Security will not be a
source of income in retirement, compared with 13% of those over
45. Younger men are more likely (29%) than younger women (21%)
to say Social Security will not be an income source in
A 2015 RCS Fact Sheet on young workers'
perceptions of Social Security income is available online.
"It appears we have a 'teachable moment' for today's younger
workers when it comes to Social Security benefits," explains
Kathy Stokes, director of the American Savings Education Council
(ASEC). "For the average worker, Social Security may replace
about 40% of preretirement income. It's important that workers
factor this benefit into their retirement planning."
Stokes said an easy way for workers to understand the role
Social Security will play in their retirement is to go online to
to create a free personalized benefits estimate. Further, the
Social Security Administration hosts a dedicated web page for
ASEC, America Saves, and the Women's
Institute for a Secure Retirement launched the "Campaign for a
Secure Retirement: Helping Millions of Americans Plan and Save
for Retirement" last month. The campaign is a joint effort to
encourage retirement planning and saving and promote the online
Social Security Statement as an important retirement planning
Organizations can join the effort and help the
public understand the importance of saving for retirement by
signing up here.
Social Security perceptions and other
findings are contained in the 2015 RCS, conducted by EBRI and
Greenwald & Associates and the longest-running survey of its
kind in the nation. Full results are published in the April 2015
EBRI Issue Brief, "The 2015 Retirement Confidence Survey: Having
a Retirement Savings Plan a Key Factor in Americans'
Retirement Confidence," available online at EBRI's website.
Several additional fact sheets are online here.
is a member of The American Savings Education Council (ASEC),
which is a national coalition of private- and public-sector
institutions committed to making saving and retirement planning
a priority for all Americans. ASEC is a program of the Employee
Benefit Research Institute Education and Research Fund.
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Paul S. Richard
President - Executive Director
Institute of Consumer
Financial Education (ICFE)
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