ING DIRECT survey finds 65% of Canadians either don't have an RSP or
have made no contributions to their retirement savings in 2012
TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Two-thirds of Canadians (65%) are worried
about their financial wellbeing during retirement and many admit to not
even having an RSP, according to a new survey from ING DIRECT. When
asked what concerns them most about their impending golden years, 56%
admit not having enough income to sustain a good quality of life, while
13% are afraid of still having debt.
The study, commissioned by ING DIRECT and hosted on the Angus Reid
panel, found that, despite their concern, nearly half of Canadians
(48%) don't have a financial plan in place. Key reasons for not having
a retirement plan include: it not being a priority (24%), not feeling
knowledgeable enough to create a financial plan (18%) and not having
the right tools to create a plan (17%).
"While paying off debt and saving for other goals, like a child's
education, are important priorities, they're often done at the expense
of saving for retirement", said Peter Aceto, president and CEO, ING
DIRECT. "You need to strike a financial balance so that contributing to
an RSP isn't overlooked. By starting early, even if it means starting
small, you can feel confident that you're taking care of your financial
While Canadians appear eager to retire early - 20% of those polled say
they plan to retire by age 60, a number that increases to 28% when
looking at Canadians ages 18 to 34 - few have the financial habits to
support their early retirement dreams. An alarming 65% of Canadians say
they either don't have a retirement savings plan or did not make any
contributions to their RSP in 2012.
In addition to the financial implications of neglecting retirement
savings, Canadians admit it's also taking a toll on their emotional
health. More than a quarter (26%) of Canadians who did not make RSP
contributions in 2012 described themselves as feeling concerned,
stressed/anxious, hopeless or overwhelmed about it.
"Planning for retirement and coming up with a financial plan really
doesn't have to be complicated," said Aceto. "If you're not sure where
to start, begin by having conversations about things like money and
retirement investments with your family and friends. Social media and
other online tools can also provide great information to help you think
about money and how to plan your financial future."
ING DIRECT's online Retirement Calculator is an easy-to-use resource that can help Canadians calculate how much
they will need to save between now and retirement. The calculator
provides an estimate based on current retirement savings, monthly
contributions, age and other factors.
Saving regularly yields confidence
Canadians who made RSP contributions in 2012 are decidedly more positive
about their saving habits. When asked to sum up how they feel about
saving during RSP season, these regular contributors described
themselves as feeling calm (29%), safe (20%) and confident (20%).
One key to their positivity and savings success might be in regular,
automatic savings habits. Over a third (35%) of Canadians who plan to
retire and have an RSP say they have money automatically transferred to
an RSP account on a regular basis. One in 10 say they make one lump sum
to their RSP accounts during RSP season (January - February) while 6%
deposit one lump sum at some other point during the year.
ING DIRECT offers Canadians a range of retirement investment options,
including RSPs, TFSAs, Mutual Funds, GICs, and savings accounts. New
clients who open a RSP or TFSA by March 1, 2013 are eligible to receive
ING DIRECT's $50 new client bonus*. Visit ingdirect.ca/en/landingpage/rsprelief to learn more.
About the Survey
On December 14, 2012, an online survey was conducted among a sample of
1,008 Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panel members. The
margin of error — which measures sampling variability — is +/- 3.09%,
19 times out of 20. The sample was balanced by age, gender and region
according to the most recent census data. Discrepancies in or between
totals are due to rounding.
About ING DIRECT
ING Bank of Canada, operating under the trade name of ING DIRECT, is a
wholly owned subsidiary of Scotiabank. ING DIRECT is Canada's leading
direct bank with over 1.8 million Clients and close to $40 billion in
total assets. ING DIRECT is a bright way forward in everyday banking
for Canadians, offering value added, simple products such as high
interest savings accounts, including TFSAs, GICs and RSPs with no fees
or service charges, low rates on mortgages and a no-fee, daily chequing
account that actually pays interest. Low cost, index based mutual funds
are sold through ING DIRECT Funds Limited. ING DIRECT has been
operating in Canada since 1997, and has paid more than $5 billion in
interest to Clients. ING DIRECT is open for banking 24 hours a day, 7
days a week, at ingdirect.ca, on mobile devices at m.ingdirect.ca or by calling 1-800 ING DIRECT (1-800-464-3473).
* Conditions apply and are outlined at ingdirect.ca/en/landingpage/rsprelief
ING Bank of Canada and its subsidiaries have been acquired by The Bank
of Nova Scotia and are no longer affiliated with ING Groep N.V. The
trademarks ING, ING DIRECT, ING Lion, the ING Lion logo and any
derivation, variation, translation or adaptation thereof are trademarks
of ING Groep N.V. and are used under license.
SOURCE: ING DIRECT
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