While the rich get richer, the middle class and poor are falling short in retirement savings.
Nearly a quarter of workers offered a 401(k) plan in 2013 didn’t save any money. Plan sponsors think confusion about saving and investing could be to blame.
Small business owners are socking away more for retirement.
If you run a small business or are employed by one, there’s a very good chance you don’t have an employer-sponsored retirement plan.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 29 percent of workers employed by businesses with fewer than 100 employees have access to an employer-sponsored plan. That makes retirement planning tough. By comparison, 81 percent of workers at companies with 100 or more employees have access to employer-sponsored plans.
At a hearing this week held by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, the General Accounting Office released an analysis that said more owners of small businesses don’t have plans because the plans are expensive and offering them carries with it fiduciary responsibilities that small businesses don’t feel qualified to accept.