As the nation's full retirement age edges closer to 70, it means a 22-year-old college graduate has nearly 50 years to save and invest. That's why solid money habits built early can make an enormous difference, even for young people who can't afford to put away more than a few dollars a week at the start.
There's been a fair amount of press recently about how women are falling behind in retirement savings. There are lots of explanations: women put others' needs first; or they believe they can rely on their husbands for retirement; or they're more risk averse when it comes to investing. But the hard truth is: We need to take care of ourselves.