The sad truth is that most families don’t have anywhere near $500,000 in retirement savings. In fact, the Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances reveals that the typical household nearing retirement—people ages 55 to 64—has only $111,000. If a couple uses their $111,000 to purchase an annuity, those assets will provide at most only $500 per month!
That’s not even enough to buy groceries these days, not to mention paying for health care, heating, transportation, insurance, and all the other expenses of daily life. And the purchasing power of that $500 will decline over time, due to inflation.
But even more frightening is the fact that this paltry $500 per month is likely to be the only source of income they’ll have to supplement Social Security, because that’s all most people have.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions tells us just how bad the situation is: “After a lifetime of hard work, many seniors will find themselves forced to choose between putting food on the table and buying their medication.”