This is No. 1 financial regret of older Americans

Most Americans are filled with regrets — financial regrets.

Fully three in four, in fact, admit they harbor financial regrets, according to a survey of more than 1,000 adults by Bankrate.com.

Their biggest regret: not saving for retirement early enough (nearly one in five Americans put this in the No. 1 spot). What’s more, among those 65 and up, 27% said this was the biggest regret, compared with 17% of those aged 30 to 49.

America’s biggest financial regrets

Percentage who say this is their most significant financial regret

Not saving for retirement early enough 18%
Not saving enough for emergency expenses 13%
Taking on too much student loan debt 9%
Taking on too much credit card debt 9%
Not saving enough for your children’s education 8%
Buying a bigger house than you could afford 3%

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