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Help for 50-Somethings Short on Retirement Funds
Posted By Deb Silverberg On April 4, 2013 @ 5:12 pm In Money Talk | Comments Disabled
The following is a guest post from Barbara Friedberg.
There is no shortage of people in their 50s with little retirement savings. Pension plans like the ones our parents’ generation relied on are few and far between. Those 401(k) balances  aren’t as high as we hoped. Social Security still faces the possibility of the “chained CPI ” COLA proposal.
Most of us, like my friend Seth, haven’t saved enough. Seth lives in New York City and earned a mid six-figure salary for decades – until he was laid off. He’s currently looking for work and panicked about the future. His coping strategy: ignore his finances. Like many other 50-somethings facing retirement fears, Seth is paralyzed.
Here are some strategies to deal with your retirement reality  so you can take steps to make it better.
“Help… I Won’t have Enough!”
You can make choices to cut costs and/or increase income. Here are several achievable strategies.
Also consider Jane Bryant Quinn’s advice on “power saving ” during your remaining working years. Make each year count. In spite of great intentions to work until we’re older , layoffs or health problems may thwart our best efforts.
It’s never too late to create the present and future you want. Take the first step today.
Are you facing a shortfall? Share your thoughts on retirement challenges in the comments.
Photo credit: Michael Cobb Allen  via Flickr Creative Commons
Barbara Friedberg, MBA, MS is editor-in-chief of Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance , a portfolio manager and a university lecturer to MBA students. She is the author of How to Get Rich: Wealth Building Guide for the Financially Illiterate .
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 assess your lifestyle and spending habits: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/02/25/10-easy-ways-to-save-now/?cmp=SN-BLOG-DS
 power saving: http://www.aarp.org/money/investing/info-03-2013/power-saving-for-retirement.html?cmp=SN-BLOG-DS
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 Retirees May Need to Rethink the 4% Rule: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/03/04/retirees-may-need-to-rethink-4-rule/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL
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