Americans would like to save for retirement, but bills keep getting in the way. In fact, Americans are having such a tough time saving for their post-work years, they regard Social Security as critical.

Those are some of the results from BlackRock's Global Investor Pulse Survey, which also found the less-than-cheery news that fewer than half of boomers (just 45 percent) are confident about their financial future and, worse, only about one in four Americans thinks the economy and job market are improving.

The global survey polled 27,500 people in 20 countries across the globe, 4,000 of whom were Americans. And the results were not upbeat for those Americans, who apparently feel the pinch of the high cost of living more keenly than many other respondents.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to BenefitsPRO, part of your ALM digital membership.

  • Critical BenefitsPRO information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and events
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and

© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.