David Lerner Associates: Being Money Smart in Retirement
A new study authored by Department of Personal Financial Planning in Texas has found that Americans in their retirement years gradually lose the ability to manage their money.
According to the study, the ability to answer basic financial literacy questions wanes as age increases. However, the ability to confidently make financial decisions does not falter.
This is quite important, given that Americans aged 50 years and up command an annual income which accounts for 42% of all after-tax income in the U.S.
A lack of financial literacy opens the door to abuse from those looking to target the elderly. Older consumers whose financial literacy skills have declined may be particularly vulnerable to the sale of unsuitable investments.
This is one of the bigger reasons why it is so important to invest time learning about financial literacy -- to help protect yourself from anyone looking to con you.
If you are educated in a subject, it’s harder be taken advantage of. It is an investment of time and energy that can protect you as time goes on.
And with fewer employers providing pensions, retirement strategies are more important than ever nowadays. “A day late and a buck short” is not the situation you want to find yourself in when it comes time to pack up and venture off into retirement.
But the picture is not hopeless. There are many private and public organizations, at local, state, and national levels that offer tools and programs to help people build financial literacy skills that can help them make good decisions and to pursue ongoing financial capability.
It's important to be proactive with financial education. Financial coaches and advisors can help individuals inventory their finances and help determine priorities to cope with difficult situations, such as potential default on a mortgage or financial effects of a divorce. There is help available.
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