They are seniors who haven’t retired yet because they like to work; they are still paying for the house of their dreams; they won’t downsize their homes; and they believe that the 2008 economic crisis has made them stay longer in the workforce. However, they are optimistic about pulling through and having enough on their retirement plan.
These results are part of Retirement Advisor’s 2014 Senior Survey, which interviewed more than 200 seniors. The survey revealed that 60 percent of seniors have financial advisors, and 64 percent of them look primarily for an advisor they can trust. In contrast, 78 percent said that they dislike or avoid advisors who are too pushy, while 10 percent said they avoid those who are too expensive.
According to the survey, a whooping 56 percent are confident or very confident that their current financial and health conditions will help them meet their retirement goals, while 30 percent are somewhat confident. Just nine percent are not confident they will meet their financial retirement goals.
And how did the economic downturn affect seniors’ plans? While 42 percent didn’t specify or selected “other,” 31 percent noted it kept them working longer than they would like, 18 percent said that it made them lose faith in financial institutions, and nine percent said they had to turn their 401(k) into a 201(k).