Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers! This week we take a deep dive into the psychology of retirees and their families. Often, retirement planning conversations center on dollars and cents, on markets and asset allocations—but every bit as important as the numbers is the retirement vision that clients carry. Below you’ll find insights from real workers and retirees on what they wish they’d done differently, and how they think about life before and after work ends.
Parents are worried about their independence as they age; kids are worried about their aging parents’ quality of life; parents are worried about their kids’ health and finances; and around it goes.
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Given a choice between two job offers—one with a retirement plan and one with a higher salary—pre-retirees are five times more likely to choose the retirement plan offer, demonstrating how much workers, especially older workers, value employer-sponsored retirement plans.
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The language of “inertia” and “disengagement” are often used to describe the natural state of retirement plan participants, but new research from Wells Fargo suggests plan sponsors are also prone to settling with the status quo.