More than half of Quebeckers would rather avoid retirement planning

Desjardins launches "Successful retirement," a retirement planning toolkit

LÉVIS, QC, May 1, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - According to the Desjardins Personal Finance Index, people who look forward to planning their retirement are few and far between. In Quebec, only 46% of the population actually engages in this type of planning. If you haven't taken the time to estimate your retirement income or establish a financial plan, Desjardins has a variety of educational and awareness tools to help you plan for that important step in your life.

Desjardins's new Successful retirement campaign is a series of initiatives to help individuals between 45 and 65 plan their retirement. The concept is different from the "finances only" approach, and covers other important aspects before and after retirement.

The Successful retirement campaign includes:

  • 28 educational videos broadcast on TVA and LCN beginning April 1, 2013, also available on the Desjardins Group Co-opme site
  • expert advice in different fields
  • an interactive zone to help participants visualize and plan their retirement and take steps to reach their goals
  • educational video and blog content on Desjardins's Co-opme site and the Desjardins Group Facebook page
  • an invitation to join online discussion about financial and non-financial issues
  • a contest with the chance to win retirement-savings investments.

"Financial education is second nature to us. But when it comes to planning for retirement, we know it's essential to go beyond the financial aspects and talk to our members and clients on a more personal level. We need to understand their goals and what makes them happy. Only then can we start the planning process," says Eric Lachaîne, Senior Vice- President of Desjardins Group Wealth Management.

About Desjardins Group

Desjardins Group is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada with assets of nearly $200 billion. Drawing on the strength of its caisse network in Quebec and Ontario and its subsidiaries across Canada, it offers a full range of financial products and services to its members and clients. Desjardins specializes in Wealth Management and Life and Health Insurance, in Property and Casualty Insurance, in Personal Services, in Business and Institutional Services. Best Corporate Citizen in Canada for 2012 and among Canada's Top 100 Employers, Desjardins is supported by the skills of its 44,942 employees and the commitment of 5,268 elected officers. Desjardins members and the general public are invited to visit Desjardins Group's education and cooperation program website at

SOURCE: Desjardins Group

For further information:

Information (for media only):
Caroline Phémius, Media Relations Advisor
Desjardins Group
514-281-7000 or 1-866-866-7000, ext. 7646


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