The folks at Bankrate recently released some upsetting survey results. More than two-thirds of Americans fail to reach their monthly retirement savings goals. More than half actually avoid news or information -- at least occasionally -- about how much they need for retirement. More than a quarter of Americans always tune out.

Think about that. Two-thirds of Americans know they're behind the 8-ball on retirement, and that they're setting themselves up for an uncertain future. Yet many actively look away when faced with guidance on the topic.

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