Thursday, October 21, 2010

The new normal for retirement

An "unretirement index" based on surveys by Sun Life Financial indicates:
  • More than 8 in 10 American workers believe they will need at least three years to rebuild their retirement savings as a result of the economic crisis — up from 64% a year ago. 
  • More than half  the working Americans that responded (52%) expect to work at least three years longer than originally planned — with just as many believing they will retire at 70 as those who believe they will retire at 65.
  • 70 is the “new 65” in terms of the expected retirement age in America, with just as many Americans expecting to retire at age 70 as those at age 65.
Unretirement is defined as working at least 20 hours per week after the age when one is eligible to receive Social Security benefits. Here's a picture of the current index.
You can create your own personal index here.

The surveys show us something about our thinking and actions. Today compared to two years ago:
  • 14%  very confident in Social Security – down from 22%
  • 16% very confident in Medicare – down from 20%
  • 11% very confident in government prescription drug plans – down from 14%
  • 22% very confident in receiving medical benefits from an employer – down from 25% 
Seventy-one percent of Americans who responded are now reducing their spending and 66% are reducing their debt. Of those trying to reduce spending:
  • 88 % are spending less on entertainment
  • 84% are eating out less
  • 77% are cutting back on holiday shopping
  • 72% are putting off a large purchase like a car or home improvement
  • 57% are cancelling travel or vacation plans
  • 29% delayed a routine or elective medical procedure
However, despite efforts to reduce spending, Sun Life says, almost a quarter of those polled (23%) are not currently saving for retirement at all.

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