Here's How Wide the Retirement Gap Is Between Men and Women

by Suzanne Woolley | Sep 22, 2015   ()

So here's what you need to do: Just save a lot more while earning a lot less.

While both men and women face big retirement-savings challenges, the hurdle is higher for many women. To have a decent standard of living in old age, women, who earn on average 78 cents to a man's dollar, need to save $126 for every $100 men do. 

That's the conclusion of a report analyzing savings shortfalls faced by both genders. Financial Finesse, which provides financial education programs to more than 600 organizations, examined data on median income, retirement savings, life expectancy, 401(k) salary deferral rates, and projected health-care costs for a woman and a man, each 45 years old. The goal: Figure out how much each needed in order to retire at age 65 and live on 70 percent of his or her pre-retirement income.1

The gap that emerged between the sexes: 26 percent. A man's retirement shortfall was more than $212,000. A woman's? More than $268,000.

Source: Bloomberg Business

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