Retirement Planning’s ‘Magic Numbers’

RetireesSavingsFidelity Investments, the nation’s largest provider of 401(k) plans has come up with a magic number to determine when your clients are saving enough. Typical wage earners, it said, should aim to save at least eight times their final annual pay to be sure they can afford basic living expenses in retirement. To come up with the formula, Fidelity had to make numerous assumptions. Its “typical” worker began saving 6% of his earnings at age 25, gradually increased that to 12% after six years and continued saving that amount each year until retiring at 67 according to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal.

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