Y is for Generation Y — The Millennials and Their Future.

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Each generation seems to produce their own personality and style due to major events and trends during their life history. The Millennial’s, or Generation Y, has begun to create unique traits which include; self-expression, confidence, technological expertise, tattoo body parts and the aptitude to be open to change.

This Generation is becoming the most educated in American History. This trend is being motivated by the demands of a knowledge-based economy, as well as the elevated enrollment in graduate school by undergraduates that cannot find jobs. In spite of the limitations imposed on them due to the failing economy, many feel that they currently have enough money and that they will eventually meet their long-term financial goals.

Generation Y will be the first generation to be completely reliant on their own savings and investment skills. Having watched the previous generation struggle with debt has taught the Milllennial’s to recognize and avoid the dangers of living beyond their means.

Generation Y need not despair as they have time on their side.  For example, if at age 25 you manage to save $400 a month, annualized at 8 percent interest, you will accumulate a nest egg of approximately $2 million by age 70*. If you take advantage of an employer who offers a 401(k) matching contribution, your monthly payment to reach this goal would be less.

Seek expert guidance to help you understand how much risk you are willing to take with your savings as you start to accumulate funds for retirement. See the financial challenges of the future as an opportunity to learn from the past and gain rewards in your future.

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*This is a hypothetical example and is not representative of any specific investment. Your results may vary.

About Ann Zuraw

Ann Zuraw, the voice behind "Chicks, Chat and Change", is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®), and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™).If you have comments on this post contact Ann Zuraw

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