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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Sunny Skies Ahead for Retirees

May 1, 2015 12:12 am

Rebounding from record lows at the height of the recession, more Americans are now confident in their ability to afford retirement, according to a recent Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) survey. This increasing optimism stems from the 67 percent of workers who either have, or have a spouse who has, a retirement plan such as a 401(k), pension or IRA.

The survey found that 35 percent of those with a retirement plan, either personally or through a spouse, have saved at least $100,000, though just 23 percent have calculated retirement needs.

Worker confidence in the affordability of retirement has inched upward in various areas, including basic expenses, medical expenses and long-term care expenses. Workers are also somewhat more confident that they are adequately preparing financially for retirement. Retiree confidence has increased substantially, as well.

Additionally, both workers and retirees are less likely to describe their level of debt as a problem. The types of debt most frequently reported are mortgages, credit card debt and car loans.

Many Americans, however, are not taking the necessary steps to afford retirement, the survey suggests. For workers without a retirement plan, savings remain low and only a minority appears to be taking basic steps needed to prepare for retirement. Sixty-four percent of those without a retirement plan say they have saved less than $1,000.

For half of workers, cost of living and day-to-day expenses are most detrimental to savings. Nevertheless, many workers say they could save a small amount more – 69 percent state they could save $25 a week more than they are currently saving for retirement.

Source: EBRI

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Mortgage Rates Tick Upward

May 1, 2015 12:12 am

A recently released Bankrate.com survey found mortgage rates rose slightly, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 3.86 percent. The average 15-year fixed mortgage stepped up to 3.07 percent, while the larger jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage increased to 3.97 percent. Adjustable rate mortgages were up modestly as well, with the 5-year ARM nosing higher to 3.11 percent and the 7-year ARM now at 3.33 percent.

The increase in mortgage rates came despite evidence of a weak economy at the beginning of this year. As expected, rates moved up ahead of the Federal Reserve meeting. The initial look at first quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) didn't elicit much of a response in mortgage rates because it is not only backward looking, but was also widely expected.

One year ago, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 4.44 percent. At that time, a $200,000 loan would have carried a monthly payment of $1,006.25. With the average rate now at 3.86 percent, the monthly payment for the same size loan would be $938.76, a savings of $67 per month for anyone refinancing now.

Source: Bankrate.com

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