Gen Z and millennials need to save between $3 million and $5 million due to inflation, which has led to a three- to five-fold increase in the recommended retirement savings target, according to a Bloomberg study.
Canadian millennials, especially homeowners, are expected to face significant economic damage and high interest costs in the coming months due to rising interest rates, according to a report by RBC, leaving them vulnerable to job losses and straining their high levels of debt.
Almost half of Generation Z adults and 39 percent of millennials do not expect to receive any Social Security benefits they have earned, according to a survey by the Nationwide Retirement Institute, with concerns growing over the program's insolvency within the next decade.
Individuals between the ages of 40 and 59, known as Gen X and younger baby boomers, experience the most stress and struggle with managing the concept of longevity, making it crucial for them to start planning for their future and seek guidance from financial advisors, according to research from Transamerica and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab.
The US experienced a significant decline in wealth last year, but millennials saw their net worth rise due to their higher investment in real estate, debunking the myth that they are financially struggling.
The average price of cars in America has risen recently, causing financial strain for Gen Z and millennials, especially due to rising interest rates and high levels of auto loan delinquency.
The aging population, particularly the baby boomer generation, is fueling the demand for housing, creating a shortage and making it more difficult for younger generations, like millennials, to buy homes.
Gen Z is more optimistic about homeownership than millennials, with a lower percentage believing it will be impossible in their lifetime, and while both generations face barriers to homeownership such as high home costs and student loan debt, Gen Z is doing a better job of saving and has a slightly higher rate of homeownership compared to millennials and Gen X at their age.
Millennials and Gen Zers are turning to side hustles and creative strategies, such as wedding gift registries, to save for down payments on homes amidst rising mortgage rates and high home prices, according to a Redfin study. However, many in these generations still face challenges in envisioning homeownership due to the perception of expensive homes and the inability to save for a down payment.
The resumption of student loan payments in October will add to the financial burden of Gen Z and millennial Americans looking to buy a home, further squeezing their ability to afford housing.
Approximately 75% of American workers earning up to $50,000 live paycheck to paycheck, while credit card debt has exceeded $1 trillion, making it difficult for those with debt to save; Gen Z saves more money than older generations due to their experience of the Great Recession, lack of trust in Social Security, and inclination to invest in cryptocurrency.
Baby boomers have benefited greatly from the Federal Reserve's policies, earning high returns on their investments while younger generations suffer from inflation and high costs.