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With nearly three fourths of all middle-market households in the workforce and actively saving for retirement, a real growth opportunity exists for financial firms and advisors, according to the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute.

One key recommendation encourages companies to grow long-term relationships with the middle-market.  Characteristics of the middle market include:

While 28 percent (3.7 million households) are fully or partially retired, the remaining 72 percent (7.8 million households) are not retired and are expected to remain economically productive for a long time. Consisting of leading-edge and trailing-edge Boomers (age 46-59) and Gen X and Y households (age 45 and under) this segment has $1.24 trillion in assets.  LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute suggests this group represents a big opportunity because most of these households are 10 or more years away from retirement.  In addition:

Gen X and Y households have 20 or more years of savings ahead of them. They are more likely to elevate to affluent or high-net worth segments in the coming years. Developing a relationship with the younger end of the market also could mean profitable long-term business growth.  Because this market can be effectively served with simpler planning techniques and strategies, the needs of the middle market can be satisfied without a complicated effort.  Everyone wins. 

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