In 2019, the median income in the United States will likely top $60,336, while an American can, on average, expect to live well past their 78th birthday.
The official retirement age - the "kick-in" for full Social Security benefits - is now 66 years and two months. That's up to a maximum of $2,861; the estimated average monthly benefit is $1,461.
Lurking between the lines of these dry numbers are some frankly pretty shocking implications...
If you're among the 58% of Americans who have any retirement savings at all, you stand a very good chance of outliving your money by a considerable margin.
The grass doesn't look much greener on the other side. Forty-two percent of Americans haven't saved a nickel and are relying on a Social Security system that looks more and more like the Alamo each year to provide essentially all of their retirement income.
So retirement is a big problem right now, but the proposed solutions all seem to boil down to "invest earlier and save more." That's hardly helpful.
What will help - what could potentially bring the retirement crisis to an end for everyone - is to learn exactly how to make your money make you money.
About the Author
Tom Gentile, options trading specialist for Money Map Press, is widely known as America's No. 1 Pattern Trader thanks to his nearly 30 years of experience spotting lucrative patterns in options trading. Tom has taught over 300,000 traders his option trading secrets in a variety of settings, including seminars and workshops. He's also a bestselling author of eight books and training courses.