Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Survey: EBRI Retirement Confidence Survey Shows More Americans To Delay Retirement

According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), Americans' confidence in their ability to retire appears to be stabilizing as the volatility of the recession has abated, but their self-described preparations for retirement continue to erode. Published as EBRI Issue Brief No. 340, "The 2010 Retirement Confidence Survey: Confidence Stabilizing, But Preparations Continue to Erode", EBRI's 20th annual survey, shows that, among other things, a growing number of American workers are planning to delay retirement and fewer have saved for retirement.

With respect to when they retire, 24% of those surveyed report they have postponed their planned retirement age in the past year. Reasons given include the poor economy (29%), a change in their employment situation (22%), inadequate finances (16%), and the need to make up for losses in the stock market (12%). Looked at over a longer time, the percentage of workers who expect to retire after age 65 has continued to increase--from 11% in 1991 to 14% in 1995, 19% in 2000, 24% in 2005, and 33% in 2010.

With respect to retirement savings, the survey finds that 69% report that they and/or their spouse have saved for retirement (down from 75% in 2009), 60% say that they and/or their spouse are currently saving for retirement (down from 65% in 2009). Furthermore, it finds that an increased percentage of workers report they have virtually no savings and investments, with 27% saying they have less than $1,000 in savings, and 54% percent that the total value of their household's savings and investments, excluding the value of their primary home and any defined benefit plans, is less than $25,000.

Source: Employee Benefits Research Institute Press Release (March 9, 2010)

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