Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Commentary: Aging Workforce Presents Longterm Retirement Planning Opportunities for Employers and Employees

Ian Martin, UK Head of Retirement Businesses, HSBC Insurance, suggests that "Ageing populations are an opportunity for us all--be it increased longevity for individuals or access to mature, skilled workers for employers." However, this opportunity also comes with responsibilities: "for individuals to prepare and for employers to understand the value of older workers and ensure the working environment helps older workers to continue to flourish."

Martin's comments drew on an HSBC Insurance global report--"The Future of Retirement: Investing in Later Life"--which identified an ill-prepared generation with high expectations for their retirement but, perhaps unwittingly, unprepared for the cost implications for funding their increased longevity and desired retirement lifestyle.

Source: Director of Finance Online "Long term retirement planning " (September 26, 2008)

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