During a press call to kick off National Retirement Planning
Week, Danielle Holland, senior vice president with the Insured Retirement
Institute (IRI) said its recent study showed the percentage of Baby Boomers
with no to low confidence increased from 23% in 2011 to 31% in 2014. In
addition, those who said they are satisfied economically decreased from 77% in
2013 to 65% in 2014. One-quarter of Baby Boomers polled reported they postponed
plans to retire within the last 12 months.
Holland noted that those working with an adviser are more
confident. She said it is perhaps because, 94% of those working with, or who
have worked with, an adviser have some retirement savings compared to 68%
without an adviser, and 74% of those with an adviser have determined a savings
goal, compared to 40% without an adviser.
The Employee Benefit Research Institute’s (EBRI) Retirement
Confidence Survey (RCS) found Americans’ confidence in their ability to afford
a comfortable retirement has recovered somewhat from the record lows of the
past five years, but that result is among workers of all ages. And, Nevin
Adams, director of the American Savings Education Council (ASEC) and
co-director of the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) Center for
Research on Retirement Income, shared in the press call that results from the
RCS show retirement confidence is higher for those with an employer-sponsored
retirement plan, and workers with an employer plan have more in savings than
those without (see “Retirement
Plan Offering Strongly Linked to Confidence”).
to Rich Linton, president of Individual Markets at ING U.S. Retirement
Solutions, there are many risks Americans do not think about when planning for
retirement. He noted ING U.S. research found more than half (57%) of retirees
face unexpected challenges, most often with managing savings and unexpected
health issues. In addition, less than half of pre-retirees (42%) and retirees
(44%) have a plan to manage their income in retirement.