November 5, 2012 Leave a comment
New research from Age UK Enterprises shows that apparently (surprise!) the majority of over 60s (74%) have made exciting plans for their retirement,from extended overseas holidays (26%), to home refurbishments (20%). However that optimism is countered by a lack of confidence in how far their money will stretch – with over a quarter of respondents (29%) feeling uncertain or negative about their current financial situation.
They state: “With tumbling annuity rates and poor returns on savings, securing a comfortable retirement has become an ever more challenging task. More than a quarter (27%) of those who feel uncertain or negative about their current financial situation feel that the financial crisis has heavily impacted on their financial plans for retirement, while more than one in four (29%) stated they didn’t earn enough money throughout their career to save for later life. However, the majority (81%) of those who are pessimistic about their finances believe that they didn’t spend enough time planning for retirement.”
The research findings in themselves hardly tell us anything new. In the current economic climate retirement planning is a bit like writing your Christmas list when you’re a child; you know what you’d love to have but you also realise that you’re unlikely to get it – certainly not everything, anyway.
However, the findings also highlight a glaring dilemma in mentioning “tumbling annuity rates and poor returns on savings”. This being the case, even those who have ‘planned’ and put more money into pensions and savings will hardly be dancing with delight.
Overall, this news item only adds fuel to the argument that says we need to stop thinking of retirement savings purely in terms of pensions and current accounts and start thinking more creatively. Also older people need the option of continuing to work longer on a part-time basis rather than expecting a period of full-time retirement that currently may last several decades.
…What was that saying about not being able to solve a problem using the same thinking that created it?