Baby boomers are less confident in 2013 than in 2012 that they are doing a good job preparing for retirement, a new survey shows.
The Insured Retirement Institute, Washington, D.C., published this finding in its “Third Annual Report on Retirement Preparedness of the Boomer Generation.” IRI commissioned Woelfel Research Inc. to conduct the survey through online telephone interviews with 802 adult Americans ages 50 to 66.
According to the report, just 37 percent of boomers are “extremely” or “very” confident that they are preparing adequately for retirement. This compares with 41 percent in 2012 and 44 percent in 2011.
Similarly, the survey shows a decline in the proportion of boomers who say (1) that they will have enough money to pay medical expenses in retirement (34 percent in 2013 vs. 37 percent in 2012 and 2011); and (2) that they will have enough money to live comfortably throughout their retirement years (34 percent in 2013 vs. 36 percent in 2012 and 37 percent in 2011).
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The IRI data also shows that boomers’ expectations of their financial situation in five years have changed little since 2012. More than four in 10 respondents (42 percent) think their financial situation in five years will remain the same as today. There was no noticeable change between 2012 and 2013 among those who believe their financial situation will be better or worse off in five years.