Headlines such as this break my heart: “With $15 Left in the Bank, a Baby Boomer Makes Peace With Less.” But I predict that we’re going to see more and more like this in the coming months and years. That’s because the problems with retirement age people are bigger than anyone imagines.
This story is merely a collection of symptoms of the bigger problem. It’s the story of Kathleen Wolf, a woman trying to do the best she can. She has spent many decades living and working in Monterey, California. She built a very happy and prosperous life there. But with the subprime meltdown, her considerable wealth in real estate disappeared almost overnight. It didn’t take long for her bank balance to reflect that she had just $15.