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25 reasons retiring is harder than it used to be

Cheapism Logo By Mia Taylor of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 26: At one time in our history, retirement was a given, an all-but-assured final chapter after years of working hard. While some people might choose to work past 65, many look forward to leaving the work force. Today, enjoying one's golden years work-free has become an unattainable dream for many — even if you find a great place to retire. According to a Northwestern Mutual study, nearly 8 in 10 Americans are extremely or somewhat concerned about affording a comfortable retirement. Here's a closer look at what's impacting our ability to retire based on input from financial experts across the country.
  Editors' Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Patricia Russell as a certified financial planner. She is not. Information attributed solely to her has been removed from the story.

  Related:
  The Biggest Retirement Regrets Among Seniors

Not So Golden Years

At one time in our history, retirement was a given, an all-but-assured final chapter after years of working hard. While some people might choose to work past 65, many look forward to leaving the work force. Today, enjoying one's golden years work-free has become an unattainable dream for many — even if you find a great place to retire. According to a Northwestern Mutual study, nearly 8 in 10 Americans are extremely or somewhat concerned about affording a comfortable retirement. Here's a closer look at what's impacting our ability to retire based on input from financial experts across the country.

Editors' Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Patricia Russell as a certified financial planner. She is not. Information attributed solely to her has been removed from the story.

Related: The Biggest Retirement Regrets Among Seniors

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