For many capital market servants, the idea of retirement is a dream. No more spreadsheets, no more commuting, no more awful happy hours where people discuss obscure accounting/tax/advisory projects that makes you put the finger-gun in your mouth and make sound effects. Nothing but beaches, international travel and living off of room service. RIGHT? Well, maybe not so much. CNBC did a little number on 20-somethings that are freaking the fuck out about retirement because – HOLY JUMPING JEHOSHAPHATS – retirement is just around the corner in about 40 years and if you aren't all over this shit you're going to work until the day you die and that…that, my friends means you are a FAILURE. Since time is of the essence, let's find out exactly what spry 20-something professionals are so worried about RIGHT NOW.
Elena Nikolova, a 23-year-old associate for an energy consultancy in Washington, D.C., has a 401(k) plan through her employer, but has not made a contribution yet. “It’s intimidating. First of all, I don’t know what to invest in, and I’m not even sure this money is going to grow. I feel like I need to hire somebody to do it for me, which defeats the whole purpose,” she added.
Jenny Stein, a 27-year-old senior tax accountant for Ernst & Young, shares similar concerns. “I have a 401(k) with Fidelity through work, but it’s confusing. People say you need to be aggressive with your asset classes when you’re young. I don’t know what that means,” she said.