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On Thursday, Politico published an article examining millennials and retirement, making the basic argument that since millennials aren’t saving for retirement in the way that their parents and grandparents did, in turn, they will have to work longer. Written by Treasury Department veteran Alicia Munnell, the article acknowledges the hurdles millennials have faced such as entering the work force in the age of the dot.com bubble burst and Great Recession, and that they’ve been forced to take lower-paying jobs (while shouldering crippling student loans) often without access to employer-funded 401(k) plans.

Munnell explains her logic in the conclusion to the piece:

Working longer is a powerful lever. Social Security benefits claimed at 70 instead of at 62 are at least 76 percent higher, and the additional years of work allow 401(k) assets to increase and reduce the period of time that the assets need to cover. In fact, my research shows that the vast majority of millennials will be fine if they work to age 70. And although that might sound old, it’s historically normal in another sense: Retiring at 70 leaves the ratio of retirement to working years the same as when Social Security was originally introduced.

Agree with her or not, Munnell does make some legitimate points. But unfortunately, those points were lost in this tweet Politico blasted out to promote the article:

Well, when you put it bluntly like that it’s easy to see why people would take umbrage with the sentiment. And take umbrage they did, because this is Twitter after all—hearkening back to that recent MarketWatch article that stated 35-year-olds should have twice their salary saved.

Others offered valid counter-arguments, pointing out the systemic flaws in our economy (thanks in no small part to boomers) that got us into this mess in the first place.

https://twitter.com/Econ_Marshall/status/1004714727220695042

No matter how you look at it, the bottom line is that millennials got screwed. But hey, at least there’s one bright side to all this!

Stacey Ritzen

Stacey Ritzen

Stacey Ritzen is a reporter and editor based in West Philadelphia with over 10 years' experience covering pop culture, web culture, entertainment, and news. You can follow her on Twitter @staceyritzen.

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