Helaine Olen tackles saving for retirement (or saving for anything, really) in her Guardian column today, and one of our very own editors makes an appearance.
“Retirement ‘harmful to health’, study says.” — Headline in BBC News. “What a load of tosh,” say commenters on BBC News story.
My dad and I talked to John Hockenberry from WNYC’s The Takeaway yesterday, and here is our little convo. I was very very wary of Speaking For Our Generation, so it’s all about ME.
But though my own inability to think about retirement is largely influenced by smaller crises of my own making, I wish I’d emphasized that This Terrible Economy has really retarded all of our abilities to earn and save and plan. So just pretend I said that.
With new opportunities and unprecedented career flexibility, our generation is reframing the concept of retirement, just as many Baby Boomers shook up the notion that one couldn’t go back to school or switch careers mid-stream.
For 22 years old, 2 years out of college, I feel like I’m in a pretty good place.
I often ask my folks what they’ll do if they don’t have the money the need to live comfortably after they both retire. “We’ll make it work,” is their answer.