More than 6 in 10 retirees are more concerned about their retirement finances than they were five years ago, new research reveals.
The Society of Actuaries, Schaumburg, Ill., published this finding in a survey that presents results from the “2011 Risks and Process of Retirement Survey” relating to economic and financial issues. The survey polled 1,600 adults ages 45 to 80 to assess awareness of retirement risk, how their awareness has changed over time and how these perceptions affect the management of their finances.
The report reveals that retirees are nearly as likely as in 2009 (when SOA last conducted the same survey) to report they are more concerned than they were five years ago (prior to changes in the stock market and economy) about their retirement finances (62 percent in 2011 vs. 66 percent in 2009). While 7 in 10 pre-retirees feel the same way, they are less likely than in 2009 to say they are more concerned (65 percent vs. 79 percent), the study shows.
A majority of retirees (56 percent) and pre-retirees (61 percent) indicate their finances are worse than they were prior to changes in the stock market and economy. One-quarter of each group say they are worse off.