Genders have vastly different ideas about how to spend their post-career
TORONTO, July 16, 2014 /CNW/ - More than two-thirds (68 per cent) of not-yet-retired Canadians aged 50
and older have yet to discuss their hopes for their post-career lives
with their spouses or partners, according to the latest findings of the
annual RBC Retirement Myths & Realities Poll.
Three of the topics these Canadians have been most reluctant to discuss with their
How either will manage if the other encounters health issues (86 per
How either will manage if the other passes away prematurely (81 per
What activities they will do in retirement (65 per cent)
"Couples often have more conversations about what they'll be doing over
the summer or winter holidays than what they hope their retirement
together will be like," noted Bill Hill, national retirement planning
consultant, RBC. "Yet one of the most important discussions you can
have as a couple in your 50's or older is around the future lifestyle
you're hoping for when you're no longer working 9 to 5. You want to do
everything you can now, to ensure your retirement years will be equally
enjoyable for both of you."
The RBC poll found only 36 per cent had discussed how they will finance
their retirement and where they will live once retired. At the same
time, the poll also revealed that men and women have very different expectations about how they will occupy their time during retirement.
While 57 per cent of men expected to spend more time with their spouse
or partner, only 52 per cent of women expressed the same sentiment.
Women were much more interested in spending more time with family other
than their spouses or partners (53 per cent compared to 37 per cent of
men), with friends (51 per cent versus 36 per cent) and as volunteers
(63 per cent versus 50 per cent).
"The differences men and women are expressing separately make it all the
more important for them to discuss retirement together," added Hill.
"We've seen with our own clients how sitting down as a couple with a
financial planner can really open up these conversations. Talking
through the possibilities makes it easier to create a retirement that
works for both partners."
About the Fifth Annual RBC 2014 Retirement Myths & Realities Poll
This annual poll examines Canadians' expectations and experiences in
retirement. It was conducted via online interviews by Ipsos Reid from
March 3 to 18, 2014, using a national sample of 3,871 adults aged 50
and over with household assets of at least $100,000 from Ipsos'
Canadian online panel. A survey with an unweighted probability sample
of this size and a 100 per cent response rate would have an estimated
margin of error of ±1 percentage point 19 times out of 20 of what the
results would have been had the entire population of adults in Canada
been polled. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other
sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and
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