03/19/2015 10:27 am ET Updated Mar 19, 2015

Want To Be Ready For Retirement? Lower Your Expectations

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Whether most Americans will have enough saved to retire comfortably has become a matter of great debate. But some may be in better shape than they think.

Most predictions aren't in consumers' favor. In a recent Legg Mason study, only 40 percent of the 458 investors surveyed said they are "very confident" in their ability to retire—perhaps in part because they think they'll need to have at least $2.5 million saved, versus the often-talked-about $1 million. Another recent survey, from TIAA_CREF, found that 46 percent of Americans are worried about running out of money in retirement.

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