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Key Findings About Retirement
The Society of Actuaries' Committee on Post Retirement Needs and Risks and Pension Section recently conducted a study about retirement. Below are five of their key findings.
1) Most people retired not because they wanted the free time that retirement affords but rather because their work became too unpleasant or too difficult. They were not "pulled into" retirement as much as they "pushed out" of work.
Sometimes, the physical aspects of their job became too painful, but often it was the stress of the job that became too much to handle. Some people felt that their employer no longer valued them, but this was not the case for the majority of workers.
Other people, particularly women, retired to take care of a spouse or parent. A few people retired because they could not tolerate working for a 35 year old boss. Once in retirement, many missed the day to day work relationships that they had had.
2) The majority of recent retirees did not know if they could really afford to retire when the time came. Even those who worked with a financial advisor did not ask him or her if they had the financial resources to leave the workforce. Most retirees looked at their current bills to see if they could be paid using Social Security benefits, part-time work and pension distributions. If so, they retired. The effect that inflation will have on future income was not taken into account.
3) Most people retired without consulting anyone else. Married retirees tended to tell their spouse that they were going to retire instead of asking the spouse's opinion about the matter. Children and friends were rarely consulted.
4) The majority of retirees claimed Social Security benefits at the earliest age possible, age 62. Many understood that it is better to wait until their full retirement age to claim benefits, but they could not resist the extra income. They also had a "anything can happen" attitude and would rather enjoy the money now than wait to collect since no one knows what the future holds.
5) Most retirees said that they do not have a long term retirement plan because, again, anything can happen. Future money emergencies may arise, but they may not. People were more comfortable living in the present and dealing with financial problems as they occur.
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