Thirteen percent of Americans over age 55 who expect to retire plan to delay it now because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey released this week by Smart, a global retirement technology platform.
And retirement might happen even later than planned. Thirty-nine percent said they planned to retire between 65 and 69, while 18% said they would wait until they were between 70 and 79.
Half of respondents also expressed concern about their ability to afford health care costs during retirement.
“COVID-19 has impacted our lives today as well as our futures, and this survey confirms that these shifts are changing the nature of retirement fast,” Jodan Ledford, chief executive of Smart USA, said in a statement.
“We know that people are rightfully concerned about their retirement income and are encouraged by the U.S. government’s moves with the SECURE [Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement] Act to widen access to retirement vehicles for the American public as well as its focus on retirement income generation.”
YouGov conducted the survey on behalf of Smart in November among 2,654 U.S. adults.
What Pre-Retirees Want
Forty-two percent of U.S. survey participants 55 and older think of retirement as an event with several stages, and most planned to wait to at least age 65:
- 16% will or did first tap retirement savings between 60 and 64
- 39% will or first did so between 65 and 69
- 16% will or first did so between 70 and 74
The survey also found that 36% of respondents would like to receive advice on how much they can safely withdraw each month without running out of money.
Thirty-eight percent want to have the ability to change their income if their financial needs change, and 19% would like to receive a guaranteed income product or annuity.