Baby boomers, Generation X and Generation Y didn’t just grow up in different time periods. In many ways, they grew up in completely different countries. As such, the Great Recession had a unique effect on each generation. Baby boomers, who were born between 1949 and 1964, often found themselves needing to retire earlier because of a sagging job market, though plummeting property values and financial instability meant many were not as well off as they may have hoped.
When discussing your clients’ financial futures, a great deal needs to be taken into consideration. And while there are some factors you can do your best to predict – the approximate year of retirement, for example, and what the cost of living for a given area will be – there are also a large number of events that could dramatically change the course of your clients’ retirement plans.