Only 27% of Americans Under Age 60 Expect to Receive an Inheritance

     Only 27% of Americans Under Age 60 Expect to Receive an Inheritance

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Sept. 16, 2013

CHICAGO, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Roughly one in four Americans under
the age of 60 (27%) expects to receive an inheritance, according to a new report. However, 64% of Americans age 60 and older expect to
leave an inheritance to family members.

Forty-two percent who expect an inheritance say they will use the money to
invest in savings or a retirement account. That was the most popular answer by
a wide margin, followed by "pay off debt" (18%) and "pay for education" (12%).
Only six percent said they will use the bulk of the inheritance to buy
something special such as jewelry, a luxury car or a vacation.

Among those who expect an inheritance, about half (51%) think it will be less
than $100,000. The most popular answer, given by 25% of respondents, was
between $10,000 and $50,000. The average balance in Americans' 401(k) accounts
is approximately $80,000, according to Fidelity Investments.

"Even a relatively small inheritance can make up for many years of saving too
little," said Mike Sante, managing editor, "An inheritance could
be the ultimate financial 'get out of jail free' card for many families."

The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International
(PSRAI) and can be seen in its entirety here:

PSRAI obtained telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of
1,005 adults living in the continental United States. Interviews were
conducted by landline (501) and cell phone (504, including 239 without a
landline phone) in English by Princeton Data Source from August 1-4, 2013.
Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies.
The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is plus or
minus 3.7 percentage points.


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Public Relations Manager, Bankrate, Inc.

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