by Megan Henney
The top source of financial stress for Americans is saving enough for a comfortable retirement -- a fear exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study published on Tuesday.
A nationwide survey by Charles Schwab of 1,000 currently employed 401(k) participants found that on average, respondents believe they need to save $1.9 million for retirement, a 12% increase compared to 2019.
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The average differs slightly by generation: Millennials and Gen X believe they need at least $2 million to retire comfortably, while baby boomers put the number around $1.6 million.
But many believe their retirement goals are out of reach. Only 37% think they are "very likely" to achieve their goals, 49% say they are "somewhat likely" and 14% say it is "not likely" they will achieve their goals at all.
One in five, or 21%, said they expect to retire later than originally planned because of the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.