Retirement is an emotional issue, as well as a financial one, and a new survey shows just how emotional it can be by exploding five commonly believed myths.
In a survey conducted in collaboration with the Stanford Center on Longevity, Fidelity Investments amassed data on the nonfinancial factors that weigh on people’s decision about when to retire.
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Respondents came from a pool of more than 12,000 retirement savers and recent retirees, age 55 or older, and the answers can be surprising.
1. People won’t retire until they have enough money.
Um, not true. While it may seem like common sense not to leave the workplace until there’s enough (or close to enough) in the bank to pay retirement expenses, 49 percent of people said that wasn’t the factor on which they were basing their decision.
Instead they were focusing on a specific date, saying that they want to have enough time to enjoy their retirement.
If they have to, they’ll adapt their lifestyle during retirement to fit what money they’ve managed to accumulate.
On the other hand, 51 percent were determined to stick it out till the bank balance hit the right level, because they want to be sure to have enough savings to enjoy their retirement years.
2. Retirement means spending time with your spouse.
In reality, absence may make the heart grow fonder, depending on who’s answering the question.
While nearly 60 percent of male respondents are looking forward to spending retirement time with their wives, the ladies aren’t quite so eager to have so much time with their husbands.
They’re more eager to be doing things with the grandkids (almost 70 percent) than with their husbands (43 percent).
And you thought retirement would be a great chance for a second honeymoon.