Health Care Tops Retirement Worries

Looking ahead to retirement, investors have several financial concerns.

A T. Rowe Price survey found the top retirement concerns among investors age 21 to 50 are health care costs (76%), rising taxes (67%), Social Security availability (63%), inflation (61%), long-term care (58%), living too long and running out of money (52%), and housing values (52%).

Only 16% of investors expect to receive full Social Security benefits as currently promised. The remaining 84% expect to receive no Social Security benefits (36%) or some form of reduced benefits when they retire (48%).

When asked what they are doing differently to prepare for retirement as a result of this Social Security view, the most common responses among the 84%-group were saving more (42%) and planning to work longer (29%); 13% said they are doing nothing about it, 11% said they are investing more aggressively, and 5% said they do not plan to retire.

When asked for ways they are helping their parents or grandparents with financial matters, 19% of investors said they are providing guidance with daily expenses, 15% are providing general retirement planning guidance, 13% are providing direct financial assistance in meeting daily living expenses, and 9% are helping their elders better understand their Social Security options.

For those who provide general retirement planning guidance, only 59% believe their parents or grandparents will have enough money to maintain their desired lifestyle; the remaining 41% believe their elders will not have enough money (26%) or are not sure (15%).

The survey was conducted online in the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of T. Rowe Price, August 8 to 20, among 850 adults age 21 to 50 who have at least one investment account.