The Dog Ate My IRA Contribution

I get my Suze Orman on with this one, my latest article at Fortune…


More than half of people under 50 did not make retirement contributions last year, according to a recent report. There’s only one excuse for not contributing — and most people can’t use it.

By Joshua Brown, contributor

FORTUNE — Very little in life is truly free. Free information (think seminars, webinars) requires your time, free “gifts” require you to be obliged to the giver. Because this is the case, when something truly free comes along, you take it.

There’s a highly disturbing survey out from T. Rowe Price that looks into the investing habits of Generations X and Y circa now. It seems many Americans who still have decades of work ahead of them have decided that lowering their taxable income is not cool anymore and investing for the future is lame.

Too bad, because they’re obviously committing one of the cardinal sins of business: Saying no to the freebies. You’d think this would be obvious, and yet according to T. Rowe’s data, only 45% of people between 21 and 34 (Gen Y) and people between 35 and 50 (Gen X) will be making IRA contributions for fiscal 2011. That means a whopping percentage – more than half – will simply do nothing. This is down considerably from 2010, when 71% of those surveyed made contributions to their retirement plans.

This is unacceptable…

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