Herbert Whitehouse was one of the first proponents of the 401(k) 35 years ago, when he was a human resources executive at Johnson & Johnson.
Today the 65-year-old Whitehouse says he will have to work into his mid-70s if he wants to maintain his standard of living, after his own 401(k) took a hit in 2008.
Whitehouse is one of a chorus of early 401(k) supporters who have changed their minds.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reveals how pre-retirees at all income levels are falling short – way short – of the amount of money they need to have to be able to retire.
Fully half of those between ages 50-64 have less than one year of their income saved.
The top 10% (those making $251,000 or more annually) have an average of only two years of their income saved.
The article mentions that “financial experts recommend that people amass at least eight times their annual salary to retire.”
Those “experts” ought to have their heads examined, because even a $1 million nest-egg would provide you only $28,000 a year at the current recommended withdrawal rate of 2.8% per year. [Read more…] “Why Most Early Proponents of the 401(k) Now Say It’s a Failure”