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Retirement is ideally viewed as the relaxing and celebratory phase of one's life. However, a recent Gallup poll shows that unretired Americans have a less than favorable view on the financial aspects of retirement. Between 2002 and 2005 and again between 2017 and 2021, the majority of non-retirees expected a comfortable retirement. In the years during and after the Great Recession and in the past two years amid high inflation, less than 50% of non-retirees have been optimistic about their retirement.

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