Concerns about having enough in retirement savings is the main factor driving pre-retirees to plan for claiming Social Security benefits, according to a new report.
Securian Financial Group, St. Paul, Minn., published this finding in a February 2013 online study of 804 consumers ages 50-65 to learn the extent of Social Security’s role in baby boomers’ retirement income planning.
More than 4 in 10 of the survey respondents (44.2 percent) say that concerns as to whether retirement savings will provide enough income has prompted them to begin planning for claiming Social Security benefits. Those polled also cited the following as reasons to begin planning:
The need to decide on a retirement age (42.2 percent)
Their health (30.6 percent)
Assessing cash flow needs in retirement (29.9 percent)
Uncertainty about the future of Social Security (29.9 percent)
Advice from already retired friends or family (17.7 percent).