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Five Reasons Not to Despair About Retirement

Few Americans boast about how comfortably they're going to live in retirement. More common are those too scared to bring up the topic. Told the U.S. faces a retirement apocalypse, they try to avoid thinking about their financial future.

Here's a little something to lure them out of their mental bunkers: From wages and debt levels to health-care costs, some of the scariest financial trends are reversing. That doesn’t mean Americans can stop saving. But they may want to take a break from all the worry and self-flagellation to enjoy some actual good news on the retirement front.