Forty is the new 30, 80 is the new 60. It's great that we are living longer, but the financial challenge of living longer may mean not only planning for extended retirement years, but also caring for an aging parent or adult child in ways that can take a solid bite out of any well-laid financial plans.
Workers today need to be saving much more for retirement than their predecessors. That they have not signals an impending retirement income crisis. The Center for Retirement Research projects that 52 percent of today's working households will not have adequate income in retirement -- around two thirds when one takes health and long-term care costs into account.
Amy Augenblick swears she isn't as traditional as she sounds. She and her husband, Walton Smith, both 43, are saving for retirement together. They both go to the financial planning meetings with their financial advisor--they've known him for decades, she tells me--but, the truth is, she's just not that interested.
My visit with Jason followed on the heels of some extensive research I was involved in, to gain a better understanding of millennials' financial habits. In addition, we also investigated the role (or lack thereof) a financial advisor plays in helping millennials plan and save. The results? As varied as their personalities.