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Father, help us get out of this financial mess. Give our country a heart for fiscal responsibility, and help those Americans being hurt by inflation right now.

Inflation is affecting every part of the economy, and now it’s stealing retirement from millions of Americans.

From CNBC. Americans’ finances are being squeezed as inflation pushes up prices on things such as rent, groceries and gasoline.

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As a result, one-quarter of Americans will have to delay their retirement, according to the BMO Real Financial Progress Index, a quarterly survey conducted between March 30 and April 25.

Putting off retirement plans is mostly due to disrupted savings from increased prices, the survey found. Thirty-six percent of survey respondents have reduced their savings and 21% are putting away less for retirement in order to keep up with growing costs, according to the survey.

“We haven’t seen this level of inflation in a very long time, and it’s very daunting,” said Paul Dilda, head of consumer strategy at BMO Harris Bank. He added that many people in or near retirement may not have considered this surge in prices in their financial plans, which has thrown off budgets and timelines as well.

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Younger Americans have been the most adversely affected. More than 60% of those ages 18 to 34 said they had to pull back savings contributions to make up for rising costs of necessities.

In addition to grappling with higher prices on nearly all goods and services, Americans are facing a volatile stock market that may have also contributed to shifting retirement timelines….

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(Excerpt from CNBC. Photo Credit: Andre Taissin on Unsplash)

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