There exists a large and troubling gap between retirement expectations and retirement realities, according to the results of a recent online survey conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of Prudential Insurance. [See "Planning Your Retirement? Expect the Unexpected" by Salene Hitchcock-Gear, Pres. Prudential Advisors]
I regularly review commentary, data, and analyses of respected financial advisors concerning retirement savings and investing. While they don't all agree on everything, there exists a consensus around the most common retirement savings and investment mistakes. Here are the top "dirty dozen" mistakes (as I see them).