One out of every 6 people retire as millionaires — here are 8 things you can do now to make sure you're one of them

  • One out of every six retirees in America is a millionaire, according to a report from United Income.

  • Handling finances for retirement can be difficult — the median level of wealth for retired Americans is about $200,000 — but people are living longer and costs are increasing.

  • United Income CEO Matt Fellowes recommends creating an emergency fund and investing in index funds if you want to retire as a millionaire.

One out of every six retired Americans is a millionaire.

This is according to a report by online investing company United Income, which analyzed data from multiple sources, including the Federal Reserve Board and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, to find out how retirees are faring now compared to previous generations.

Average wealth for American retirees is $752,000 — which has more than doubled since 1989, the report found. Likewise, the rate of retired millionaires has more than doubled in the last 30 years. Fewer people are retiring in poverty and relying on minimum wage than ever before. The report says "the percentage of retirees living on the minimum wage or less dropped in half over the past 30 years."

Still, the median wealth for retirees is just over $200,000 — and people are living longer and costs are increasing. Many retirees end up relying on their monthly Social Security retirement benefits, about $1,400 on average. The Social Security Administration says the benefits account for one-third of retirees' income.

Retiring as a millionaire may seem like a difficult goal to accomplish. However, there are tricks that can help you get over the line so you can enjoy seven digit wealth when you stop working.

Matt Fellowes, the CEO of United Income shared his tips on how to retire a millionaire with Business Insider. Below are the eight best pieces of advice from Fellowes on how to be wealthy when you stop working.

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