Two Thirds Of Americans Aged 45-60 Plan To Delay Retirement

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With today's jobs number due out shortly, it is worth pointing out some of the key trends that we have observed in the underlying data stripped of month-to-month seasonal variance, which expose the "quality" side of the US non-recovery, instead of the far more manageable "quantity" side. First and foremost, as we showed over two years ago, and as the mainstream is gradually picking up, the US labor force is increasingly transitioning to one of part-time, and temp workers, which has key implications for wages, worker leverage, and overall job prospects, all of which logically are negative. But perhaps an even more disturbing trends is the conversion of America into a gerontocratic worker society, where the bulk of jobs are handed out to those 55 and over, which puts all young workers, not to mention college graduates, at a major disadvantage relative to far more experienced older workers, who are willing to work for less as they scramble to compensate for retirement shortfalls, and which prevents the natural rotation of the US labor force from older to younger.

And as the WSJ today reports, there is zero hope that this trend will change in the near of far future, as nearly two-thirds of Americans between the ages of 45 and 60 say they plan to delay retirement, according to a report to be released Friday by the Conference Board. This compares to 42% of respondents expecting to put off retirement just two years earlier.

The WSJ explains how the "recovery" is anything but especially to those who may have hoped to be able to afford a peaceful and quiet retirement:

Nearly two-thirds of Americans between the ages of 45 and 60 say they plan to delay retirement, according to a report to be released Friday by the Conference Board. That was a steep jump from just two years earlier, when the group found that 42% of respondents expected to put off retirement.


The increase was driven by the financial losses, layoffs and income stagnation sustained during the last few years of recession and recovery, said Gad Levanon, director of macroeconomic research at the organization and a co-author of the report, which is based on a 2012 survey of 15,000 individuals.


Matt Stern, 51 years old, a former analyst at a Manhattan hedge fund, met with a financial planner in December, days before he was laid off and the fund announced its imminent liquidation. At the meeting, the planner projected that Mr. Stern could retire at age 62. But now, with his assets down 10% to 20% from their 2008 peak, he is looking for a job and retooling his expectations for retirement.


"I might have to prioritize income over whatever calls to me on other levels," such as travel or being involved in nonprofit organizations, Mr. Stern said.


The labor force has been getting older for decades for reasons that range from longer life spans and better health to companies' replacement of defined-benefit pensions with higher-risk 401(k) plans.


But the stark increase in workers expecting to stay on the job—now 62%—was a surprise, Mr. Levanon said. After all, the stock market has largely earned back its losses, home prices are rising, and the unemployment rate is creeping down, all of which suggests workers should be feeling more secure.

Yet, lo and behold, just the opposite is happening, at least for US workers, if not for those 1% whose primary source of wealth is the stock market:

Many middle-aged Americans, though, drew down their savings during those lean years and now find that leaving the work force on their original timeline is no longer viable, he said.


They are also facing low interest rates, an uncertain future for Social Security, and a lower likelihood of receiving employer health insurance after retirement.

We suggest readers keep the above in mind once the spin brigade comes out full bore later today to spin the "great" jobs number which will add barely enough jobs to keep up with the population growth of the US.

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Shizzmoney's picture

That ain't shit!

3/4ths of those under 35 understand we will have NO retirement.

Suck it up, grandpa.

GetZeeGold's picture



Living the American dream......

TotalCarp's picture

Should do wonders to under 30 unemployement rate too.. Naaaat..

brewing's picture

i ain't 1 of them.  right on target for 62...

steveo77's picture

Retiring at 49, sick of the rat race.

trav777's picture

a lot of retirements are going to be delayed till half past never

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

The funny part is that your average monkey spends about 8 hours a week engaging in actual work activity in order to survive.  I think we humans have regressed.  

spanish inquisition's picture

Gonna get me a retirement job traveling with a circus or something so I can see the country.

Dieselclam's picture

I turn 55 in a couple weeks, canned two years ago after 34 years. So I'm zero income. I can draw $575/mo pension (70% penalty for early retirememt) starting March 1, but that would knock me off of $20 co-pay medical through local charity.
My pension has no COLA and with inflation running 10%-15% and zero hope of finding a job at my age, I'm just gonna have to cut back on my cocaine and Ferrari habit.

Chuck Walla's picture

a lot of retirements are going to be delayed till half past never

While student loan delinquency goes hyperbolic...


GetZeeGold's picture



i ain't 1 of them 


Brought to you by the progressive republicans and democrats. See.....we didn't get all of them!

brewing's picture

it's called a multi-million $$ lump-sum payment from our good folks at pfizer...

GubbermintWorker's picture

Same here, 21 months to go and then some whippersnapper can have my job....please, take it.

kliguy38's picture

Bullish for Walmart greeters

Eally Ucked's picture

No Walmart, in Canada over 60% of people retiring will start their own business according to survey. Ha Ha, what kind of business? Resale of Chinese goods, nail polishing or consultancy or something very orginal like sale of magic cow dung.

Poetic injustice's picture

Selling vegetables from cart on street, booming business in 3rd world countries.

I personally will go for robberies.

GubbermintWorker's picture

Screw that....100 ounces of gold, 2500 ounces of silver, and 250,000 in cash. I ain't working no mo.

Kayman's picture

Government workers "retire", collect their pension, then contract themselves back to the government. Been going on for years. Draining the taxpayer dry.

GubbermintWorker's picture

This gov't worker ain't gonna do that. I am going to be so glad to be rid of that employer.

Deacon Frost's picture

In ancient Rome, they would work a person in the mines of Sardinia until they died. So what's changed?

TheMerryPrankster's picture

now the tax the slaves and tell them they are free citizens and of course double their output quota. They also  give them inexpensive tvs so they are immersed in an illusion that they are free and striving for a dream.

TheMerryPrankster's picture

mmmm I saw a typo, think you meant American Nightmare.

MFLTucson's picture

And most of the people in your age group voted for Barack Obama so, stop complaining, you hire a clown, expect this sort of result. Further, get your people organized and March on Washington to get rid of a corrupt banking system that is enriching a handful of Jews while killing the world economy.

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

I would suggest that, had the Republicans nominated Ron Paul, our age group would have swung pretty solidly Republican.  

Shell Game's picture

Because retirement is a natural right...............          /s


Watauga's picture

Frankly, boys and girls, I was supposed to retire this year at age 55.  The stinking real estate and stock market crashes, the loss of real income, the outrageous inflation (I know, there is no inflation--uh-huh, and of course I have waterfront property in the middle of the Mojave Desert I want to sell you. . .), the increase in all sorts of taxes and fees (I know, Obama "did not raise taxes on the middle class" blah blah blah), and now I am prepared to work 12 more years--until AT LEAST 67. 

Sorry.  It would be great for me if I could retire, and it would be great for you, as you could get a job, start a career, start saving, and get out of mom's basement.  But the evil monsters in office in DC and the evil monsters stealing our money on Wall Street and the evil monsters in the MSM that cheer them on instead of holding them accountable, have ensure that it just ain't going to happen. 

Watauga's picture

Well, that may or may not be true.  But I do KNOW this--as long as those under 35 continue to agitate and vote for a radically Progressive, theft-from-working-Americans agenda, things will not get better. 

There hasn't been a good President since, who, Washington?  About right.  And a good Congress?  Maybe never.  Bush I, Clinton, Bush II--all bad enough.  All crooks and thieves and fools.  But none of them--hell, all of them together on their worst days--did not put us on the glidepath to Hell that Obama has set out for us.  IF YOUTH KEEP ELECTING these sorts of evil monsters, then YOUTH HAVE NO HOPE for their future. 

Get rid of Obama, Clinton, Bush, Cheney, Biden, Pelosi, Reid, Boehner, McConnell. . .  STOP ELECTING THEM.  STOP SUPPORTING THEM.  STOP ARGUING WITH EACH OTHER ABOUT THEM.  JUST GET RID OF THEM. 

Build your own futures based on liberty and an absolute commitment to the sanctity of private property.

Freddie's picture

Well the Baby Boomer generation and Echo Boomers plus the old ***ks love TV and loved Cronkite.  The idiots who watch TV and Hollywood's crap have helped put themselves in the gulag.  Keep watching because your viewership of Operation Mockingbird has made it possible.  Amnesty Limbaugh is another fake too. 

SheepDog-One's picture

'Retirement'? Crazy fuckers are dreaming!

yogibear's picture

More talk by Clinton and Jesse Jackson of seizing retirement funds. They raided Social Security and the public pension funds.

Dr. No's picture

It makes sense.  In order to keep, and even better get, a voting demographic, make them dependant on the government.  By seizing accounts, these people will vote for the party who promises more hands-outs, since they will now need them!  Who needs dictators when you have democracy!

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

Seizing a 401K account presupposes that they don't already de-facto have it in their possession.  I would suggest that you control the flow of funds from that account only to the extent that they choose to allow you that control.  IRA accounts, same deal.  Tax exemptions have a price.  

Watauga's picture

My guess is that there are several triggers to total social chaos.  One is theft of 401ks and IRAs by govt.  Another is diminishment of 2nd A rights.  Either of these, or several others, occur, all bets are off.  Lots, and lots, and lots of people will oppose and defy by whatever means necessary.  Perhaps the TPTB want these triggers pulled, as an excuse to install a genuinely complete control.  But, for as long as they want things to remain normal, they had better stay away from these and certain other triggers.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

100% of Americans 20-40 years old plan to never retire

Dr. No's picture

20-40 yr olds dont plan much of anything actually.

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

When you have homicidal maniacs running the world, what exactly is there to plan? 

Shell Game's picture

"..what exactly is there to plan?" 


Project Mayhem?

steveo77's picture

I just want to say

Big Bro


Anyone get it?

youngman's picture

And add in 30 million illegal aliens to the mix......its not 11 million.....well that is going to be good for the labor market...

GetZeeGold's picture



Just getting our priorities staight....and doing the people's work.

Shizzmoney's picture

I took out my 401K for $3000 in 2009 after being jobless for about a year and almost broke.

I went to AC with it, played poker, and won $5200. #bestdecisionever

Dr. No's picture

Good move on the 401k; removing it that is.  Why let the government keep your money hostage?

Eumaeus's picture

In a few years, when the handouts are gone and the currency debauched, retirement will go the way of the dodo.

Retirement is a myth. All good Ponzis come to an end.

Welcome to the new American Dream - Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate.


New_Meat's picture

Retirement?  What is this word? "Retirement?"

Dr. No's picture

Its one of those 20th century trems.  The "old American" verison of "old English".  Use of the word in the 21 century vernacular is quite out of place.

asteroids's picture

I've been saying for years. The FED has sold a whole generation into retirement poverty. This is a global problem. As the Japanese have said, the old should hurray up and die to make room for the young.