Picturing your future retirement could spur higher savings rate

The research, which also explored the changing views of retirement, involved a survey of 1,202 adults in April. Half of the respondents were first asked how much should be set aside for retirement. After that, they answered a variety of questions that explored specifics about how they want their life to look like in their 60s, 70s and 80s.

For the other half, however, those questions came first — and then participants answered how much should be saved. On average, that group recommended saving 31 percent more. Among millennials, the suggested amount to save averaged 52 percent higher.

By and large, retirement savers can use all the help they can get. New research from the Stanford Center on Longevity suggests people should generally be saving twice what they actually are.

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