If your clients tell you they’re not confident about retiring, perhaps you’re asking the wrong question. According to a survey from MainStay Investments, 61 percent of financial advisors said their clients were more concerned about having to give up luxuries in retirement, rather than covering basic needs.
“While the market upheaval shook both investor portfolios and confidence levels, advisors in our survey reveal that their clients have not pared down their expectations for their golden years, choosing to delay retirement rather than scale back their lifestyle plans,” Matthew Leung, director and head of practice management programs at MainStay Investments, said in a press release.
Despite a desire to maintain their current lifestyles, few advisors could say they thought their clients understood how much they would need. Less than half say their clients know how much they will need to supplement Social Security, and 60 percent say one of their top priorities is helping clients understand withdrawal rates.